Eric Roth

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Eric Roth
Born (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 75)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active1970–present
Notable work
Forrest Gump
Munich
The Good Shepherd
The Insider
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Spouse(s)Debra Greenfield
Children5
AwardsOscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994)
Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement (2012)

Eric R. Roth (born March 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter. He has been nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay — for Forrest Gump (1994), The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and A Star Is Born (2018) — winning for Forrest Gump. He also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011).

Early life and education[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][2] He grew up in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in New York.[3] He grew up boxing and would credit some of his later successes to habits learned from the sport.[3]

Roth went to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is part of the class of 1966. He would later attend UCLA Film School as part of the class of 1973.

Career[edit]

Roth won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump. He is known for writing his scripts in a DOS program without Internet access, as well as distributing the scripts only in hard copy formats.[2][4][5] He followed his Academy Award win by co-writing screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films, including The Insider, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and A Star Is Born. While writing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he lost both of his parents, and as a result views the film as "...my most personal movie."[3][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Roth lives in Santa Monica, California.[8] He was one of the investors defrauded by Bernard Madoff in a Ponzi Scheme via Stanley Chais.[9][10] 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 sued the estate of Chais, who died on September 26, 2010.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Writer Producer Notes
1970 To Catch a Pebble Yes No
1974 The Nickel Ride Yes No
1975 The Drowning Pool Yes No Uncredited
1979 The Onion Field Yes No Uncredited
1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 Yes No
1981 Wolfen Yes No Uncredited
1987 Suspect Yes No
1988 Memories of Me Yes No
1993 Mr. Jones Yes No
1994 Forrest Gump Yes No
1997 The Postman Yes No
1998 The Horse Whisperer Yes No
1999 The Insider Yes No
2001 Ali Yes No
2005 Munich Yes No
2006 The Good Shepherd Yes No
2007 Lucky You Yes No
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Yes No
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Yes No
2015 Ellis Yes No Short film
2018 A Star Is Born Yes No
2020 Mank No Yes
2021 Dune Yes No
TBA Killers of the Flower Moon Yes No

Television[edit]

Year Title Writer Executive
Producer
Notes
1972 The Strangers in 7A Yes No TV movie
1992 The Heights Yes No Co-creator
1994 Jane's House Yes No TV movie
2011–2012 Luck Yes Yes
2013–2017 House of Cards No Yes
2016–2018 Berlin Station No Yes
2018 The Alienist No Yes
2020 The Alienist: Angel of Darkness No Yes

Accolades[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
1995 Forrest Gump Best Adapted Screenplay Won
2000 The Insider Nominated
2006 Munich Nominated
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2019 A Star Is Born Nominated

British Academy Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
1995 Forrest Gump Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2018 A Star Is Born Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Best Writer Nominated
2012 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2019 A Star Is Born Nominated

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
1995 Forrest Gump Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
2000 The Insider Nominated
2006 Munich Nominated
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2013 House of Cards Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 The Alienist Outstanding Limited Series Nominated

Producers Guild of America Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2014 House of Cards Best Episodic Drama Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Nominated
2017 Nominated

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Best Screenplay - Adapted Nominated
2019 A Star Is Born Nominated

Writers Guild of America Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
1995 Forrest Gump Best Adapted Screenplay Won
2000 The Insider Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Paul Selvin Award Won
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2012 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement Won
2019 A Star Is Born Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile: Eric Roth", filmreference.com
  2. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (January 26, 2012). "Writer's Guild to Honor 'Extremely' Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Los Angeles. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Tallal, Jimy (April 11, 2015). "Salon Series Continues with Screenwriter Eric Roth". The Malibu Times. Malibu, California. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (September 22, 2014). "Did You Know: 'Forrest Gump' Screenwriter Eric Roth Uses A DOS Program To Write Scripts". HitFix. Archived from the original on October 23, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Renée, V (September 24, 2014). "Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eric Roth Takes You on a Tour of His Writing Process". NoFilmSchool.com. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Yamato, Jen (December 22, 2008). "RT INTERVIEW: ERIC ROTH CALLS BENJAMIN BUTTON HIS MOST PERSONAL FILM TO DATE". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "Interview: Benjamin Button Writer Eric Roth". GamesRadar. January 28, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  8. ^ McClain, James (August 23, 2019). "'A Star Is Born' Writer Eric Roth Settles in Santa Monica". Variety.
  9. ^ Reckard, E. Scott; Abramowitz, Rachel; Eller, Claudia (December 17, 2008). "Hollywood figures snared in Bernard Madoff's alleged fraud". LA Times.
  10. ^ Standora, Leo (May 2, 2009). "Los Angeles investment manager Stanley Chais sued for funneling cash to Bernie Madoff fund". Daily News. New York.

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