- Published his first novel, the coming-of-age story Temple of Gold, in 1957.
- Before trying his hand at writing screenplays, he wrote five novels and three Broadway plays.
- Spent eight years working on his debut screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). After most of the major studios passed on it, the script eventually sold for a record $400,000 and the film became one of the highest-grossing westerns of all time.
- Published a nonfiction book called The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway in 1969.
- Although he claimed the 1972 novel The Princess Bride is an abridgment of an earlier book by S. Morgenstern, it is entirely original and S. Morgenstern was actually Goldman's pseudonym.
- His nonfiction book about Hollywood, Adventures in the Screen Trade (1984), introduced a popular quote often used in reference to the movie business: "Nobody knows anything."
- Won the Writers Guild's Laurel Award in 1985.
- 1985, Writers Guild Awards — The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Winner
- 1988, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
- 1970, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1971, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
- 1977, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1976, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium): Winner
- 1970, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Winner
- 1969, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--based on material not previously published or produced): Winner
- 1977, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- 1977, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee
- 1977, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Winner
- 1967, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee
- Ilene Jones — Ex-wife
- Jenny — Daughter
- Susanna — Daughter
- Maurice Goldman — Father
- James Goldman — Brother
- Marion Goldman — Mother
- Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, United States (1952); Columbia University, New York, New York, United States (BA in English, 1956)
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