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Trivia (13)

Former day job: Club bouncer

Attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1992. He majored in English and wrote an honor's thesis.

Engaged to Amanda Peet [July 22, 2005].

His father is Stephen Friedman, a Sr. partner and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, the current Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and former Director of the National Economic Council (2002-2005), personally appointed by President Bush.

His real name is David Friedman. "Benioff" comes from his maternal grandfather, Shim Benioff.

David and Amanda were married at Amanda's alma mater, Friends Seminary high school, in New York City.

David and Amanda became the parents of their first child, a girl named Frances Pen, on February 20, 2007. Frances weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.

His novel, "City of Thieves" (2008), is set during the Siege of Leningrad.

One of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008.

David and Amanda became the parents of another girl, Molly June Benioff, on April 22, 2010 in New York City.

Has several projects at various stages of development, including his own script "Alpha" at DreamWorks and several adaptations. Marc Forster, currently working off Benioff's script "Stay", is developing "Alpha" to direct. [September 2003]

While working on Game of Thrones, he and co-creator D. B. Weiss worked all through the year, non stop. They would write an outline for each season and then started writing the actual scripts while managing production at the same time. The scripts had to be all done by the time they started filming the season, and as the large production it is they were filming for months with several units in several countries at the same time, while they did re-writings of parts of the scripts and made perfections. They also made sure there's always a man from the writing crew at one of the filming units, to supervise. Almost immediately after finishing filming, they started writing the outline for the next season. At the same time, the previous season was in post production phases like editing and sound mixing, and they had to oversee all these procedures while writing, and later deal with marketing of the upcoming season as well. David and Dan would occasionally say in interviews that all they want to do once they finish with the show is to "get some sleep".

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss were nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category for Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf (2017), but lost to Joel Fields & Joseph Weisberg for The Americans: START (2018).