Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute to "Narrative Giant" William Goldman

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Rob Reiner, Stephen King, Topher Grace, Ron Howard and more reacted to Goldman's passing on social media.

Hollywood stars and screenwriters took to social media on Friday to pay tribute to screenwriter William Goldman, who passed away on Thursday due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 87.

Goldman won Academy Awards for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men. His other writing credits include the novels and screenplays for Marathon Man (1976), Magic (1978) and the much-loved The Princess Bride (1987).

The Princess Bride producer Rob Reiner took to Twitter on Friday morning to share that he had spent time with Goldman last week. "Losing Bill Goldman made me cry. My favorite book of all time is The Princess Bride. I was honored he allowed me to make it into a movie," he wrote. "I visited with him last Saturday. He was very weak but his mind still had the Goldman edge. I told him I loved him. He smiled & said fuck you."

Stephen King called Goldman "both witty and talented" on Twitter. He wrote, "His screenplay of my book MISERY was a beautiful thing. Rest In Peace, Bill."

Topher Grace honored Goldman's career by reminiscing about some of his "all time favorites," including All The Presidents Men, Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy, Misery and Marathon Man

Screenwriter and producer Randi Mayem Singer tweeted the "inconceivable" realization that many current film students don't know Goldman by name. "A friend who teaches college screenwriting said these days students often respond to William Goldman's name with blank stares, unaware of his books and films," she wrote.

Ben Stiller wrote that Goldman "was huge part Of creating some of the seminal movies of the 70’s and beyond. His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt star struck and intimidated seeing him at Knicks games."

Meanwhile, Josh Gad simply tweeted, "That resume. My god." 

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn praised Goldman's talent for storytelling. "Bill was a consummate storyteller whose tales touched millions and will endure as pinnacles of the art form. Having worked with him for many years, I can attest that his brilliant and inventive work seemed to defy his own suggestion that 'nobody knows anything' in movies," he said in a statement. "He was a true original and a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family."

Read below to see what other Hollywood stars and screenwriters had to say about Goldman."