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Full NameDavid Benioff
First NameDavid
Last NameBenioff
Birth NameDavid Friedman
ProfessionWriter, Producer, Director
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityWhite
Birth CityNew York
Birth CountryUSA
Father NameStephen Friedman
Father ProfessionFormer head of Goldman Sachs
Mother NameBarbara Benioff
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
HoroscopeLibra
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseAmanda Peet
No Of Children3
Sibilings2
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine
Height188 cm
Date of BirthSeptember 25,1970
Age49 years
Married DateSeptember 30,2006

Best known as the writer of American fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, David Benioff, 49, is an American screenwriter, television producer, and director.      

He is well-known for his work in various films and TV shows like Troy and X–Men Origins: Wolverine. He was also credited for his work in episode 3 “Walk of Punishment” from season 3 of Game of Thrones. In early 2018, Benioff, along with partner D.B. Weiss signed a contract with Disney for new series of Stars Wars.

What Is David Benioff's Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Benioff is estimated at around $50 million as of November 2019. His primary source of income is his successful career as a screenwriter, director, and producer.   

Benioff received $62,00 for his work in 25th Hour, $1.8 million for Stay, and $2 million for Gemini Man.

American Screenwriter David Benioff is popular for Game of ThronesImage Source: Emmys
American Screenwriter David Benioff is popular for Game of Thrones

Image Source: Emmys

In the United States, a writer can pocket around $60,000 from a low budget film, whereas a high budget film can earn him over $100,000. Likewise, the average salary of a director ranges around $139,199, and a producer earns somewhere between $72,000 to $108,000.

Short Career Highlight

Following his graduation, Benioff wrote his first novel titled The 25th Hour, which was titled Fireman Down. The book was later adapted into a film which stars Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, and Brian Cox. 

In 2004, he drafted a screenplay for the epic historical war drama film Troy for which he was paid $2.5 million by Warner Bros. Pictures. Likewise, he wrote the script for the psychological thriller Stay in 2005.

David was hired to write the screenplay for the X-Men spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman. His script was based on Barry Windsor-Smith’s “Weapon X” story, the 2001 limited series Origin, as well as Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 limited series on the character.

In 2006, Benioff began working with D.B. Weiss on an American fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones adapted from George R.R. Martin’s novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The duo (better known as D & D) worked as the executive producers, writers, and showrunners of the show, which began airing on HBO in 2011. 

David alongside Got CastImage Source: Variety
David alongside Got Cast

Image Source: Variety

In 2008, David published his second novel titled City of Thieves. 

On 6th February 2018, D&D signed a contract with Disney to write and produce a new series of Star Wars. As of 2019, the pair negotiated an exclusive multi-year film and television deal worth $200 million with Netflix, which they later exited to produce Star Wars for Disney. 

Biography And Personal Life

David Benioff was born on 25th September 1970 in New York City, New York, the United States of America to Barbara and Stephen Friedman. He holds American nationality and comes from a Jewish family emigrated from Romania, Austria, Germany, Poland, and Russia.  

Did You Know? David is a distant cousin of Salesforce founder Marc Benioff.

He grew up alongside his older siblings: Suzy and Caroline. David used his mother’s maiden name as his last name to avoid confusion with other writers named David Friedman.

He went to The Collegiate School and Dartmouth College from where he graduated in 1992. He then enrolled at Trinity College Dublin in 1995. Benioff earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing in 1999 from the University of California, Irvine.

Who Is His Wife?

The 49-year-old writer is married to his girlfriend turned wife actress Amanda Peet. They dated for about four years before getting engaged in 2005. 

Benioff and Amanda during the 64th Primetime Emmy AwardImage Source: Zimbio
Benioff and Amanda during the 64th Primetime Emmy Award

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They exchanged their wedding vows on 30th September 2006 in a ceremony hosted at Peet’ alma mater, Friends Seminary in New York City.

Shortly after their marriage, the duo welcomed their first daughter Pen born on 20th February 2007. They welcomed their second daughter Molly June on 22nd April 2010 and son, Henry, in 2014.

Where Does David Benioff Reside?

The family of five resides in 4,340 square-foot Beverly Hills house with 4-bedroom and five bathrooms. David and Peet purchased their home for $4.625 million a few years back. 

David Benioff's Beverly Hills House Backyard Image Source: Vogue
David Benioff's Beverly Hills House Backyard 

Image Source: Vogue

They also own an apartment in Duane St. apartment. As per sources, the apartment can be rented for $1,938 per month.

Updated On Sun Nov 17 2019 Published On Sun Nov 17 2019 By Amy

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