David Benioff

David Benioff: Bouncer with a dream We’re not sure why this screenwriter changed his name from David Friedman to David Benioff (mother’s maiden name), but as a way to distinguish his name from what we imagine are the dozens of other David Friedman’s (or Freedman’s) trying to get a screenwriting deal in this town, we can only say it was a very savvy move. Benioff, who grew up wealthy in NYC (his father was reportedly chairman of Goldman Sachs for a while), worked as a club bouncer and a high school English teacher before dropping those jobs after “25th Hour,” his novel-turned-Spike-Lee-joint started gaining attention.
Paul Buck / EPA
Copyright © 2018, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World