Michael Sheen has led tributes to Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman, describing his work as a "gift".
Goldman, the author behind Oscar-winning scripts Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All The President's Men, has died aged 87.
Actor Sheen shared his gratitude for Goldman as tributes to the writer poured in.
The novelist, playwright and screenwriter crafted Marathon Man and beloved subversive fairy tale The Princess Bride, both of which he adapted himself for the screen.
His publishers, Bloomsbury, confirmed on Friday that the veteran scriptwriter had died.
Born in Chicago and educated at Colombia, he spent some time working for the Pentagon before embarking on a writing career, first with novels before making the transition to the competitive world of Hollywood screenwriting.
Goldman's script work earned him two Academy Awards, first for best original screenplay with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969, then for best adapted screenplay for All The President's Men in 1976.
Sheen posted a heartfelt message on Twitter that read: "William Goldman made my life, like so many millions of others, better and richer and more full of possibility because of what he wrote. What a gift. So sad today and so grateful."
Australian Associated Press
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