Raised in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Akiva Goldsman received his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and attended the graduate fiction writing program at New York University.
Akiva Goldsman has been one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history. Since breaking into the business in 1991, Akiva has been a highly in demand script doctor. Among his many uncredited rewrites and production polishes over the years, they include: The Specialist (1994), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Recruit (2003), The Rundown (2003), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Missing (2003), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Constantine (2005), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Poseidon (2006), Hancock (2008) and Jonah Hex (2010) among others.
Spent years writing short fiction without any success, sending dozens of stories through the mail to publishers, only to receive rejection letters in return. At age 28, he decided to take Robert McKee's story structure course, which led him to write his first screenplay. The very first feature film script he wrote, was a script called "Indian Summer". After years of failure as a short fiction writer, Goldsman managed to break through as a screenwriter on the first time out. His script for "Indian Summer" would land him an agent in Hollywood, and would eventually sell to Morgan Creek in January 1991, for $325,000. The script would get produced under the new title Silent Fall (1994).
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Akiva Goldsman has an estimated net worth of roughly $50 million, as of 2017.