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David Benioff Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
David Friedman
Place Of Birth
New York City, USA
53 years old
Birth Date
September 24 1970

David Benioff Facts

Child Star?
Producer, Director, Author
Education & Qualifications
Dartmouth College, Trinity College Dublin, University of California, Irvine
Net Worth
Current Partner
Amanda Peet
Molly June Benioff, Henry Peet Friedman, Frances Pen Benioff
Barbara Benioff, Stephen Friedman
Suzy, Caroline

About David Benioff

Born in New York City, David Benioff Friedman is an American author, TV producer, and director.
David Benioff is known for his work as a writer, director, showrunner, and executive producer on the HBO TV adaption of the series of books 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' by George R. R. Martin, called 'Game Of Thrones'. Benioff is also well known for co-writing the 2009 release, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' as well as the 2002 release, '25th Hour', and the 2004 movie, 'Troy'.
David has also been the executive producer of the famous American Sitcom, 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia'. Benioff has authored three successful books, including 'The 25th Hour' (2001)', 'City Of Thieves (2008)', and a short story collection, 'When The Nines Roll Over (and Other Stories) (2004)'.

David Benioff Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is David Benioff’s net worth?

As of 2022, the net worth of David Benioff is estimated to be around $100 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is David Benioff?

David Benioff is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall.

How old is David Benioff?

David Benioff is 52 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

David Benioff Friedman was born on September 25, 1970. His parents are Barbara Benioff and Stephen Friedman. His father, Stephen, was the head of Goldman Sachs. David has two siblings who are older than him: Suzy and Caroline Friedman. Benioff was raised in Peter Cooper Village, Manhattan, and later on 86th Street. David spent most of his teenage years on 86th Street in Manhattan. When he turned 16, the family eventually shifted near the U.N. headquarters.
David attended the Collegiate School and Dartmouth College, where Benioff was a member of the Sphinx Senior Society and Delta Alpha Fraternity. Soon after receiving his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1992, Benioff worked as a bouncer at a San Francisco club. David later worked as a wrestling coach as well as a high school English teacher at Poly Prep, Brooklyn.
Benioff studied Irish literature for one year at Trinity College, Dublin in 1995. During his time at Trinity College, Dublin, David met D.B. Weiss, his fellow collaborator. After writing a thesis on Samuel Beckett, Benioff quit academia at Trinity College. David went to Moose, Wyoming, for a writer's retreat in the countryside and worked as a radio DJ (disc jockey).
After flipping through 'The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh' by the writer, Michael Chabon, David decided to go forward with Irvine's Creative Writing program. In 1999, Benioff graduated after completing the Creative Writing program at the University of California with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
David Benioff was included in the list of America's Top 50 Most Eligible Bachelors in People Magazine in 2001. Benioff published his first novel in 2001 under the pen name of Jacqueline Benioff. He did this primarily to avoid confusion with writers who go by the name David and later with the name David Benioff Friedman.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is David Benioff’s partner?

David Benioff married his current wife, Amanda Peet, on September 30, 2006. The wedding ceremony was a customary Jewish ceremony held in New York City. Amanda Peet and Benioff share three children together. Frances Pen Benioff is their firstborn. Molly June Benioff was born on April 19, 2010, and their third child, Henry Peet Friedman, was born in 2014. Marc Benioff, a software entrepreneur, is a close cousin of David's.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

David Benioff wrote his first novel as a thesis while completing his master's degree. After reading a preliminary trade copy, Tobey Maguire urged David to date it into a screenplay. The film adaption of his novel, '25th Hour', was directed by Spike Lee and Edward Norton played the lead role. Benioff later authored and published his short story collection, 'When The Nines Roll Over (And Other Stories)' in 2004.
Later on, Benioff wrote a screenplay for the epic, 'Troy' for which he was paid about $2.5 million by Warner Bros. In collaboration with the director, Marc Forster, David wrote the script and screenplay for the 2005 release, 'Stay' and the 2007 movie, 'The Kite Runner', respectively.
In 2009, Benioff also wrote the screenplay for the 'X-Men' spin-off 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', which was later revised by Skip Woods due to the script's brutal and darker tone.
David collaborated with D.B. Wess on writing the script for 'The Headmaster', a horror film that was never created. The duo later collaborated as the showrunners, co-writers, and executive producers of the TV adaption of George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'. The pilot, 'Winter Is Coming' was shot in 2007 and released by HBO. By 2010, the drama series, 'Game Of Thrones', later became one of the most famous shows ever made in history.
In 2008, Benioff authored and published his second novel, 'City Of Thieves' after getting hired by Universal Pictures and writing an unused screenplay of the biographical novel of Kurt Cobain, 'Heavier Than Heaven', by Charles R. Cross.
Benioff and Weiss took on the project of writing, directing, and producing the screenplay, 'Dirty White Boy', based on the fiction of the same title by Stephen Hunter, as well as the promised HBO series, 'Confederate'. However, both the projects were unsuccessful in their making and were eventually dropped.
The duo signed with Disney on February 6, 2018, as writers and producers of a series of 'Star Wars' movies. This was to happen soon after the end of the final season of 'Game Of Thrones'. They negotiated a $200 million deal with Netflix in August 2019, which they eventually had to drop due to their prior commitments to Disney and Lucasfilm.
The collaborations of Benioff and D.B. Weiss go a long way back, from flipping coins to choose who gets the credits while co-directing 'Game Of Thrones', to working on Netflix commitments, including the series of 'The Three-Body Problem' trilogy in 2020 and directing the stand-up special, 'Leslie Jones: Time Machine'.

What awards has David Benioff won?

David Benioff wrote the movie 'The Kite Runner' which won the Christopher Award for Best Feature Film and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award in 2007.
In 2015 and 2016, 'Game Of Thrones' won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. 'Game Of Thrones', written and directed by David, was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Awards for Drama Series in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Other Writers Guild of America Awards nominations include 'New Series' in 2012 and 'Episodic Drama' in 2016 and 2017.
In 2012, the series won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (also in 2013 and 2014) and Golden Nymph Awards for Outstanding International Producer. In 2015, the show won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama.

Other Interesting David Benioff Facts And Trivia

David Benioff loves spending time with his three children and frequently visits them.
David and the Benioff family spend most of their time in Manhattan and Beverly Hills homes.
David Benioff was the director, writer, and executive producer of the TV show, 'Game Of Thrones', which was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series every year from 2011-2019.

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