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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:
Amanda Peet - Wife
Stephen Friedman - Father
Frances Pen Benioff - Daughter
Molly June Benioff - Daughter
Barbara Benioff Friedman - Mother
David Benioff Awards:
2007 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Nominee
2011 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
2011 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
2014 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
2013 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
2013 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
2014 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Nominee
2012 Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series - Nominee
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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