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Born 1970 (age 42–43)
Occupation :novelist/screenwriter/television producer
Spouse(s) Amanda Peet (2006-present; 2 children)
Children Frances Pen, Molly June
Parents Barbara Benioff, Stephen Friedman
David Benioff (born 1970) is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer. He is the co-creator and showrunner of the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Benioff was born David Friedman in New York City. He is the son of Barbara (Benioff) and Stephen Friedman, who is the former head of Goldman Sachs
He changed his name in his teens to David Benioff, his mother's maiden name. He is the youngest of three children. His family is of German Jewish descent.
A Dartmouth College alumnus and distinguished member of Phi Delta Alpha Fraternity, he worked as a club bouncer and at 22 became a high school English teacher at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, New York City. Additionally, he attended the University of California Irvine and Trinity College Dublin and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in the creative writing program.
While working as a high school English teacher, he wrote the book called The 25th Hour and received positive recognition for the book.He later adapted the book into a screenplay, which was filmed starring Edward Norton and was directed by Spike Lee. He then wrote a collection of short stories titled When the Nines Roll Over (And Other Stories) in 2004.
Benioff drafted a screenplay of the mythological epic Troy (2004) for which Warner Bros pictures paid him $2.5 million. He also wrote the script for the psychological thriller Stay (2005), which was directed by Marc Forster and starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. His screenplay for The Kite Runner (2007), adapted from the novel of the same name, marked his second collaboration with director Marc Forster. He was hired in 2004 to write the screenplay for the X-Men spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and worked on the script for three years.
In 2008, his second novel, City of Thieves was published. He is currently<when?> working on an adapted screenplay of the Charles R. Cross biography of Kurt Cobain. It is unknown if the screenplay has been developed. He is also working with D.B. Weiss as executive producer, showrunner and writer on Game of Thrones, HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels.
On September 30, 2006, in New York City, Benioff married actress Amanda Peet. Their first child, a daughter named Frances Pen, was born in 2007.Their second child, a daughter named Molly June, was born in 2010.