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David Benioff Biography

Birth Name:
David Friedman
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Screenwriter, author, executive producer

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

Awards

  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2018Writers Guild Awards-Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017Writers Guild Awards-Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated

Relationships

  • Frances Pen Benioff -- Daughter
  • Molly June Benioff -- Daughter
  • Stephen Friedman -- Father
  • Barbara Benioff Friedman -- Mother
  • Henry Peet Friedman Benioff -- Son