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Akiva Goldsman Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a group home for autistic and mentally ill children that was run by his child-psychologist parents
  • Gave his mother the title for her 1977 book about treating autistic and disturbed children, Children With Emerald Eyes: Histories of Extraordinary Boys and Girls
  • Began writing short stories while a teenager
  • He submitted them to magazines, including the New Yorker, but they were rejected
  • One of his college classmates was future Hollywood producer Paul Schiff; they lived in the same student house
  • Sold the first screenplay he wrote, Indian Summer, which was retitled Silent Fall by the time of its 1994 theatrical release
  • Received death threats for having penned the screenplay for Batman & Robin, which was lambasted by critics and Batman fans alike upon its 1997 release
  • Tried to secure the rights to Sylvia Nasar's book A Beautiful Mind, which he wanted to produce, but lost out to Imagine Films
  • As a result, he campaigned to write the screenplay, for which he copped a 2001 Oscar
  • Worked on the final draft of the never-produced Batman vs
  • Superman movie, which was slated for a 2004 release before being nixed
  • While contemplating making a move into directing, he asked his pal J
  • J
  • Abrams if he could helm an episode of Fringe
  • He wound up also writing the episode ("Bad Dreams") and joining the show's creative team


  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2006Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2001Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): winner
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Screenplay: nominated


  • Tev Goldman -- Father
  • Mira Rothenberg -- Mother
  • Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman -- Wife (deceased)