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Also Known As: Eric R Roth Died:
Born: March 22, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter

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Though he emerged directly from film school to become a professional screenwriter, Eric Roth spent the first half of his career struggling to find his footing. After two box office duds in the late-1970s, Roth waited another nine years for his next credited project, "Suspect" (1987), which itself suffered from a lack of audience interest. It was not until his Oscar-winning adaptation of "Forrest Gump" (1994) that Roth began to emerge as a prominent Hollywood scribe. But his career almost took a turn toward disaster with his next film, "The Postman" (1997), a sci-fi epic that proved to be almost ruinous for all involved, especially Roth, who had, up to that point, a trail of failures and only one success. Things began an upward trajectory that rarely wavered off course when he wrote the excellent drama, "The Insider" (1999), which earned critical kudos for its complex and richly developed tale about a real life whistleblower who risks everything to tell the truth about the tobacco industry. Ever since that film, Roth churned out scripts for several more notable films - including "Munich" (2005) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) - which finally helped land him on secure ground while...

Though he emerged directly from film school to become a professional screenwriter, Eric Roth spent the first half of his career struggling to find his footing. After two box office duds in the late-1970s, Roth waited another nine years for his next credited project, "Suspect" (1987), which itself suffered from a lack of audience interest. It was not until his Oscar-winning adaptation of "Forrest Gump" (1994) that Roth began to emerge as a prominent Hollywood scribe. But his career almost took a turn toward disaster with his next film, "The Postman" (1997), a sci-fi epic that proved to be almost ruinous for all involved, especially Roth, who had, up to that point, a trail of failures and only one success. Things began an upward trajectory that rarely wavered off course when he wrote the excellent drama, "The Insider" (1999), which earned critical kudos for its complex and richly developed tale about a real life whistleblower who risks everything to tell the truth about the tobacco industry. Ever since that film, Roth churned out scripts for several more notable films - including "Munich" (2005) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) - which finally helped land him on secure ground while becoming one of the most highly-sought after screenwriters working in Hollywood.

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Began career writing documentaries
1970:
Won the Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Award at UCLA
1972:
TV-movie debut, "The Strangers in 7A" (CBS)
1975:
Original screenplay debut, "The Nickel Ride"
1992:
TV series debut, the short-lived drama, "Hearts Are Wild" (CBS)
1992:
Created the short-lived Fox series "The Heights"
1994:
Adapted the screenplay for the Robert Zemeckis directed "Forrest Gump" from the novel by Winston Groome
1997:
Wrote the screenplay adaptation for "The Postman," which starred and was directed by Kevin Costner
1998:
Adapted the Nicholas Evans' novel "The Horse Whisperer" for director-star Robert Redford
1999:
Co-scripted (with director Michael Mann) "The Insider," the story of tobacco industry whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand; earned an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay
2001:
Re-teamed with Michael Mann on the script for the biopic "Ali," starring Will Smith in the title role and directed by Mann
2005:
Teamed with Tony Kushner to write the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Munich," which centers on the aftermath of the tragic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic games; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay
2006:
Scripted the original film "The Good Shepherd," about the birth of the CIA; directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon
2007:
Penned the screenplay for "Lucky You," starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore
2008:
Adapted the screenplay for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," from F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay
2011:
Penned the screenplay for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer and directed by Stephen Daldry
2011:
Produced the HBO series "Luck," starring Dustin Hoffman; also wrote episodes for the series
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Education

University of California, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara , California -
Columbia University: New York , New York -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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father:
Leon Roth. Producer, teacher. Taught film at USC.
mother:
Mimi Roth. Executive, radio writer, teacher. Born c. 1920; was one of the first female executives at a major Hollywood studio when she worked at United Artists from 1958 to 1971; later taught screenwriting at USC; died on March 7, 2002 of cancer at age 81.
brother:
Steven Roth.
sister:
Nancy Roth.
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