David Benioff

Active - 2002 - Present  |   Born - Jan 1, 1970 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller

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  • Is the son of Stephen Friedman, who was an executive with Goldman Sachs, an advisor to President George W. Bush and a chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.         
  • Was on the wrestling team in high school.
  • Wrote a master's thesis on Samuel Beckett.
  • Met fellow student D.B. Weiss while attending Trinity College, Dublin. The two became friends and eventually adapted George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels into the TV series Game of Thrones, which debuted on HBO in 2011.
  • Worked as a high-school teacher, DJ and club bouncer.
  • Wrote a novel as his creative writing thesis in 1999. Titled The 25th Hour, it was published in 2001; he also wrote the screenplay for its 2002 film adaptation.
  • Was married in 2006 in New York City at Friends Seminary, a Quaker school his wife, Amanda Peet, attended.