David Benioff

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Biography

  • Birth Name: David Friedman
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 1970
  • Profession: Screenwriter; author; executive producer
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David Benioff Fast Facts:
  • Is the son of Stephen Friedman, who was an executive with Goldman Sachs, an advisor to President George W. Bush and a chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.         
  • Was on the wrestling team in high school.
  • Wrote a master's thesis on Samuel Beckett.
  • Met fellow student D.B. Weiss while attending Trinity College, Dublin. The two became friends and eventually adapted George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels into the TV series Game of Thrones, which debuted on HBO in 2011.
  • Worked as a high-school teacher, DJ and club bouncer.
  • Wrote a novel as his creative writing thesis in 1999. Titled The 25th Hour, it was published in 2001; he also wrote the screenplay for its 2002 film adaptation.
  • Was married in 2006 in New York City at Friends Seminary, a Quaker school his wife, Amanda Peet, attended.
  • David Benioff Relationships:
  • Stephen Friedman - Father
  • Amanda Peet - Wife
  • Frances Pen Benioff - Daughter
  • Molly June Benioff - Daughter
  • Barbara Benioff Friedman - Mother
  • David Benioff Awards:
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2007 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Nominee
  • College:
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States (BA in English, 1992); Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (M. Phil. in Irish Writing); University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, United States (MFA in Creative Writing, 1999)

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