HorrorCultFilms are sad to announce the death of David Zelag Goodman at the age of 81.
Goodman died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Oakland of progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder, said his daughter, Kevis Goodman.
David Zelag Goodman, a screenwriter best known for such 1970s films as the controversial psychological Straw Dogs which at the moment is being re-made, shared an Oscar nomination with Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor for co-writing the screenplay for “Lovers and Other Strangers,” a 1970 comedy based on Bologna and Taylor’s play.
Goodman teamed with director Sam Peckinpah to co-write the screenplay for the 1971 film Straw Dogs,” in which Peckinpah-directed which starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
The infamous film was banned for many years for its notorious scenes but is well known for being a masterpiece of 70’s cinema!
“He was a man for all seasons,” said his close friend Zev Braun, a film and television producer. “He went from biblical scholar [as a young man] to playwright to television and motion pictures and did some of the best of the ’70s movies. That was when he was really on fire, so to speak.
He is survived by his daughter and his wife of 61 years, and his sister, Florence Pirofski.