David Benioff

David Benioff

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in New York, The United States
September 25, 1970



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David Benioff worked as a nightclub bouncer in San Francisco, a radio DJ in Wyoming and an English teacher/wrestling coach in Brooklyn before selling his first novel, The 25th Hour, in 2000.

He later wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee’s adaptation of Hour starring Edward Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. In 2005, Viking Press published Benioff’s collection of short stories, When the Nines Roll Over.

Benioff’s screenwriting credits include Troy (2004), directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and Stay (2005), directed by Marc Forster, The Kite Runner (2007). Jim Sheridan produced Benioff’s screenplay Brothers, and Hugh Jackman reprised his role as the clawed mutant in Benioff’s Wolverine. He is also screenwriter and executive producer of Game of Thron...more

Average rating: 4.23 · 52,637 ratings · 6,529 reviews · 6 distinct works · Similar authors
City of Thieves
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 46,348 ratings — published 2007 — 55 editions
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The 25th Hour
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,578 ratings — published 2000 — 22 editions
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The Kite Runner: A Portrait...
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 1,450 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
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When the Nines Roll Over an...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 809 ratings — published 2004 — 15 editions
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25th Hour [screenplay]
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Inside HBO's Game of Throne...
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 1,578 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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“I've always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”
David Benioff, City of Thieves

“Talent must be a fanatical mistress. She's beautiful; when you're with her, people watch you, they notice. But she bangs on your door at odd hours, and she disappears for long stretches, and she has no patience for the rest of your existence; your wife, your children, your friends. She is the most thrilling evening of your week, but some day she will leave you for good. One night, after she's been gone for years, you will see her on the arm of a younger man, and she will pretend not to recognize you.”
David Benioff, City of Thieves

“There are a few moments in your life when you are truly and completely happy, and you remember to give thanks. Even as it happens you are nostalgic for the moment, you are tucking it away in your scrapbook.”
David Benioff, When the Nines Roll Over and Other Stories


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