RIP William Goldman: Robert Redford, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects

“His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt starstruck seeing him at Knicks games,” Stiller says

Last Updated: November 16, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Hollywood is paying their respects to Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who died Friday at age 87.

The influential writer behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men” and the novel “The Princess Bride” left a mark on Hollywood’s crop of modern writers and directors, who today took to Twitter to celebrate his work and the impact he left on them.

“His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt starstruck seeing him at Knicks games,” actor and director Ben Stiller said in a tweet.

“We had a long earlier history and I’m sorry to hear of his passing,” Robert Redford said in a quote to TheWrap.

“I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend,” said Ron Howard in a tweet. “Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world.”

“Today we lost a National treasure. I give thanks not only for the immense talent of #BillGoldman but for the life and career he gave me by allowing me to portray Westley and giving me those three magical words to say: ‘As You Wish,'” Cary Ewles, star of “The Princess Bride” wrote on Instagram.

Several other Hollywood professionals not only shared quotes, photos or GIFs from some of his most famous films, but also mentioned how his book “Adventures in Screen Trade” shaped their career and writing.

“Bill was a consummate storyteller whose tales touched millions and will endure as pinnacles of the art form. Having worked with him for many years, I can attest that his brilliant and inventive work seemed to defy his own suggestion that “nobody knows anything” in movies. He was a true original and a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn in a statement. Horn worked with Goldman during their days at Embassy Pictures and at Castle Rock Entertainment.

Goldman is a two-time Oscar winner for both “Butch Cassidy” and “All the President’s Men” and also wrote films such as “Marathon Man,” “Misery,” “Chaplin” and many more. He died in his home in Manhattan Friday from complications of colon cancer and pneumonia.

Read some of the tweets celebrating his life below: