Eric Roth Eric R. Roth is an American screenwriter. He has been nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay — for Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, The , and Curious Case of Benjamin Button A Star — winning for Is Born Forrest Gump. He also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Early life and educationRoth 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. He grew up in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in New York. He grew up boxing and would credit some of his later successes to habits learned from the sport. 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. CareerRoth 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. 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 "...my most personal movie." Personal lifeRoth lives in Santa Monica, California. He was one of the investors defrauded by Bernard Madoff in a Ponzi Scheme via Stanley Chais. 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 sued the estate of Chais, who died on September 26, 2010. Filmography Film Television Accolades
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