Eric Roth

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).

Eric Roth
Born (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945
ResidenceMalibu, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Years active1970–present
Notable work
Forrest Gump
The Good Shepherd
The Insider
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Home townBedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Debra Greenfield
AwardsOscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994)
Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement (2012)

Early life and education

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.


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 " most personal movie."[3][6][7]

Personal life

Roth lives in Malibu, California.[3] He was one of the investors defrauded by Bernard Madoff in a Ponzi Scheme via Stanley Chais.[8][9] 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.



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  4. Tapley, Kristopher (September 22, 2014). "Did You Know: 'Forrest Gump' Screenwriter Eric Roth Uses A DOS Program To Write Scripts". HitFix. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
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  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. Reckard, E. Scott; Abramowitz, Rachel; Eller, Claudia (December 17, 2008). "Hollywood figures snared in Bernard Madoff's alleged fraud". LA Times.
  9. Standora, Leo (May 2, 2009). "Los Angeles investment manager Stanley Chais sued for funneling cash to Bernie Madoff fund". Daily News. New York.
  12. Perry, Spencer (April 17, 2017). "First Look at Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born Remake". Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  13. Kroll, Justin (April 5, 2017). "'Forrest Gump' Writer Eric Roth to Pen Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  14. N'Duka, Amanda (October 15, 2019). "'Mank': Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, 'Downton Abbey's Tuppence Middleton & More Join David Fincher Pic".
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