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William Goldman, Oscar winner for 'Butch Cassidy, passes away at 87

William Goldman / All Lights Film MagazineWilliam Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' and 'All the President's Men' and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring "Nobody knows anything," has passed away. He was 87.

Goldman made political history by coining the phrase "follow the money" in his script for 'All the President's Men,' adapted from the book by reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate political scandal. The film starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Standing in the shadows, Hal Holbrook was the mystery man code-named Deep Throat who helped the reporters pursue the evidence. His advice, "Follow the money," became so widely quoted that few people realized it was never said during the actual scandal. 

"He was the dean of American screenwriters and generations of filmmakers will continue to walk in the footprints he laid," Sorkin said in a statement. "He wrote so many unforgettable movies, so many thunderous novels and works of non-fiction, and while I'll always wish he'd written one more, I'll always be grateful for what he's left us."

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