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Also Known As: Akiva J Goldsman Died:
Born: July 7, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer

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Perhaps no other screenwriter in the annals of Hollywood history had as varied a career as Akiva Goldsman. For the first decade of his life as a film scribe, Goldsman collaborated with Joel Schumacher on some of the director's more derided films, including "Batman Forever" (1995) and the universally lambasted "Batman & Robin" (1997). Despite the financial success of both movies, Goldsman was trapped in a cycle of taking any job that came his way, rather than putting pen to paper on the stories he wanted to write. By the time the millennium rolled around, Goldsman was one of the top scribes working in the business, thanks in part to a lucrative side business as an uncredited writer-for-hire. But he finally received the respect he deserved when he became a member of the power trio that included director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe on "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), which earned Goldsman his first Academy Award win. Following another critically acclaimed Howard-Crowe-Goldsman collaboration on "Cinderella Man" (2005), he baited controversy with successful adaptations of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) and "Angels and Demons" (2009), both of which confirmed that he was the top working screenwriter...

Perhaps no other screenwriter in the annals of Hollywood history had as varied a career as Akiva Goldsman. For the first decade of his life as a film scribe, Goldsman collaborated with Joel Schumacher on some of the director's more derided films, including "Batman Forever" (1995) and the universally lambasted "Batman & Robin" (1997). Despite the financial success of both movies, Goldsman was trapped in a cycle of taking any job that came his way, rather than putting pen to paper on the stories he wanted to write. By the time the millennium rolled around, Goldsman was one of the top scribes working in the business, thanks in part to a lucrative side business as an uncredited writer-for-hire. But he finally received the respect he deserved when he became a member of the power trio that included director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe on "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), which earned Goldsman his first Academy Award win. Following another critically acclaimed Howard-Crowe-Goldsman collaboration on "Cinderella Man" (2005), he baited controversy with successful adaptations of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) and "Angels and Demons" (2009), both of which confirmed that he was the top working screenwriter of his day.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Stephanie (2015)
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Finding Joe (2011)
3.
 Star Trek (2009)
4.
 Hancock (2008)
5.
 Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek (2002) Interviewee
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Submitted his writing to magazines like <i>The New Yorker</i>
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Founded a consulting firm that helped mental health workers create comprehensive treatment environments
1994:
Made screenwriting debut with "The Client"; first collaboration with Joel Schumacher
1994:
Penned screenplay for "Silent Fall"
1994:
Reportedly did uncredited rewriting on "The Specialist"
1995:
Co-wrote the screenplay for Schumacher's "Batman Forever"; the third installment in the franchise
1996:
Adapted John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill"; film directed by Schumacher
1997:
Fourth collaboration with Schumacher, the script for "Batman & Robin"
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Formed Weed Road Pictures
1998:
Produced the big screen adaptation of "Lost in Space"; also wrote the screenplay
1998:
Received credit for adapting Alice Hoffman's novel "Practical Magic" for the screen
1999:
Served as a producer on "Deep Blue Sea"
2000:
Made rare on screen appearance as a speaker in an episode of "Felicity" (WB)
2001:
Wrote the feature adaptation of "A Beautiful Mind"; directed by Ron Howard and loosely based on the biography of John Forbes Nash Jr.
2002:
Reportedly re-wrote Steve Zaillian's draft of "The Sum of All Fears"; neither received final on screen credit
2002:
Contributed to the screenplay for "The Recruit"
2004:
Served as a producer of "Mindhunters"
2004:
Wrote the screenplay for "I, Robot" starring Will Smith
2005:
Produced the dark comedy, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
2005:
Wrote the screenplay for "The Cinderella Man"; re-teamed with Howard and Crowe from "A Beautiful Mind"
2006:
Adapted Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" for the big screen; starring Tom Hanks and directed by Howard
2007:
Produced and co-wrote with Reed Fish, the semi-autobiographical tale about seizing the day, "I'm Reed Fish"
2008:
Re-teamed with Will Smith to produce the superhero comedy, "Hancock"
2009:
Penned "Angels & Demons," the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel and sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"; re-teamed with Hanks and Howard
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Wesleyan University: Middletown , Connecticut - 1983

Notes

Goldsman and biographer Sylvia Nasar were awarded the 14th annual USC Scripter Award for "A Beautiful Mind" in 2002.

On his approach to adapting Sylvia Nasar's biography to the screen, Akiva Goldsman told Richard Natale in the March 2002 issue of the Writers Guild of America magazine Written By, "I don't know how to write a bio-pic and this was one of the best researched scholarly biographies I'd ever read. Instead I wanted to use my understanding of what I'd read with additional research to evoke the grander beats of John's life. I didn't want it to be literal. I wanted to take stab at the truth of John's life, but not by way of the facts."

"For me, writing has always been an attempt at structuring a predictable environment out of what often seemed like an unpredictable universe." --Akiva Goldsman quoted in Los Angeles Times, February 13, 2002.

"I think I would be the last guy ever in the world to write a biopic. I don't think I'm very good at it. Even when I do research I'll study study study, I'll go and write something, then I'll look at the research and I've gotten it all wrong, even if it's five minutes ago. It's wildly frustrating, actually. Because for me, the line between what's true and what isn't true is blurry anyway. I mean, I guess that's the nature of being a writer is that you get confused about that stuff. I was really interested in exploring how the human mind works and that's what really brought me to this, because his life was a perfect opportunity." --Goldsman on penning the script for "A Beautiful Mind" in an interview on CountingDown.com

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father:
Tev Goldsman. Therapist. Founded Blueberry Treatment Centers, one of the USA's first group homes for emotionally disturbed children; divorced from Goldsman's mother.
mother:
Mira Rothenberg. Psychologist. Born c. 1921; Holocaust survivor; founded Blueberry Treatment Centers, one of the USA's first group homes for emotionally disturbed children; has written books on subject of child psychology; divorced from Goldsman's father.
family:
Elizabeth Lee. In his awards' acceptance speeches, Goldsman thanked his three parents.

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