William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screen writer of The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men, has died in New York at the age of 87.

He began his career as a novelist in 1957 and nine years later began writing screen plays. His first success came with crime drama Harper, which was directed by Jack Smight and starred Paul Newman. It was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in 1967.

His film script for Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, for which he achieved four Oscars as well as nine Baftas, which made Goldman a the leading figure among screenwriters. He won another Oscar for All the President's Men.

He wrote the bible for aspiring screenwriters Adventures in the Screen Trade

Despite not winning awards for The Princess Bride, the film has a cult following and had a recent 30th anniversary re-release.

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Tributes have been paid on social media to the talented screen writer.