Eric Roth

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Eric Roth
Born (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 70)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 1970–
Notable work Forrest Gump
The Insider
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Spouse(s) Debra Greenfield
Children 5
Awards Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994)
Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement (2012)

Eric Roth (born 22 March 1945) is an American screenwriter. He won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999), Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008).

Life and career[edit]

Roth was born in New York City, New York into a Jewish family, the son of Miriam "Mimi", a teacher, studio executive, and radio writer, and Leon Roth, a university teacher and film producer.[1] He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from UCLA Film School as well as a degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Roth is one of the investors defrauded by Bernard Madoff in a "Ponzi Scheme" via Stanley Chais.[2][3] He stated that his losses were heavy and he has lost his retirement money, although the full extent is unknown. As a result of the fraud and the associated losses, Roth is suing the estate of Chais, who died on September 26, 2010. Roth is rumored to be writing a screenplay dealing with the Madoff-Chais scandal.


Roth did not mention Winston Groom, the author of the original Forrest Gump, in his Oscar-winner speech for Best Adapted Screenplay.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Profile: Eric Roth",
  2. ^ Reckard, E. Scott; Abramowitz, Rachel; Eller, Claudia (December 17, 2008). "Hollywood figures snared in Bernard Madoff's alleged fraud". LA Times. 
  3. ^ Standora, Leo (2 May 2009). "Los Angeles investment manager Stanley Chais sued for funneling cash to Bernie Madoff fund". Daily News (New York). 

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