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David Benioff

David Benioff is a popular American Writer, Producer, and Director. David Benioff is widely known for his creative works along with his collaborator D.B. Weiss in the fantasy drama HBO television series Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2019.

Early Life and Childhood

David Benioff was born on September 25, 1970, in the city of New York City, United States. His age is 53 years as of 2024 and his full name is David Friedman.

Similarly, he is American by nationality and practices Judaism by religion. Moreover, he belongs to a mixed ethnicity and his zodiac sign is Libra by date of birth.

Talking about his family members, his father’s name is Stephen Friedman, who was a former head of Goldman Sachs and his mother’s name is Barbara Benioff. Likewise, he has two siblings sisters and their names are Caroline Friedman, and Susan Friedman.

David Benioff – Education

In terms of his educational background, he has done his schooling at Collegiate School in New York City. Later, he studied B. A in English and graduated in 1992 from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Then, he attended Trinity College in Dublin. He got his master’s degree in fine arts in 1999 from the University of California in Irvine, California.

Career and Professional Life

Moving on to his career, his first published novel, The 25th Hour was completed as his master’s thesis. He adapted the novel into a screenplay after Tobey Maguire expressed interest, leading to the film 25th Hour directed by Spike Lee. Also, he published a collection of short stories titled When the Nines Roll Over in 2004.

Similarly, he drafted the screenplay for the mythological epic Troy in 2004, for which he received a substantial payment from Warner Bros. He wrote the script for the psychological thriller Stay in 2005 and The Kite Runner in 2007. Then he wrote the screenplay for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009.

Likewise, he became interested in adapting George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire and co-created the television series Game of Thrones with D.B. Weiss. The series premiered in 2011 and he was an executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the series. He published his second novel, City of Thieves in 2008.

Furthermore, he announced a feature film, Dirty White Boys, based on a novel by Stephen Hunter but it was never made. He planned the HBO series Confederate with Weiss and faced public criticism and did not make it. Then, he signed a deal with Disney to write and produce a series of Star Wars films, but they later exited the project due to commitments with Netflix.

Additionally, in August 2019, he and Weiss secured a television deal with Netflix, worth $200 million. Their first project on Netflix was directing the stand-up comedy special, Leslie Jones: Time Machine. In September 2020, it was announced that he, Weiss, and Alexander Woo would write and produce a Netflix series based on The Three-Body Problem trilogy.

Brand Endorsements

David Benioff has not endorsed any brand as of now. Similarly, there is no clue available on the web regarding the products he had supported. Also, he had never disclosed any information about the brands or companies he had ever endorsed.

David Benioff – Awards and Nomination

Benioff won 28 awards and 57 nominations in his career. Similarly, he won 6 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Likewise, he won the Christopher Awards in 2008, Hugo Awards in 2012, 2014, Irish Film and Television Awards in 2018, International Emmy Awards in 2019, and so on.

Similarly, he was nominated for Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, BAFTA Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Satellite Awards, Hugo Awards, PGA Awards, SFX Awards, USC Scripter Awards, Writers Guild of America, Screenwriters Choice Awards, and so on.

David Benioff

Caption: David Benioff with his collaborator with an award. Source: NBC News

Net Worth

Benioff has an estimated net worth of approximately $100 million but his exact salary is not available. Similarly, most of his income is generated from his writing, producing, and directing career. Additionally, he has worked very hard to get this fame and is on the road to building his net worth in the future.

Relationship Status

Benioff married Amanda Peet on September 30, 2006. Amanda is a beautiful actress by profession. However, he has not revealed anything about how they both met and dated each other. Moreover, they have three children and their names are Frances Pen Friedman, Molly June Friedman, and Henry Peet Friedman. Also, he doesn’t seem to have any past relationships or previous engagements.

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Caption: David Benioff with his wife. Source: The Ringer


Benioff is constantly seen as concerned about his professional life and is on the lookout for any rumors or controversies that might damage his reputation. Furthermore, he keeps a safe distance from the media and avoids any contentious behaviors that might risk his job.

Body Measurements

Talking about his height Benioff is 6 Feet 2 inches tall and weighs 84kg. Similarly, he has a good-looking body structure but his accurate body measurements are unknown. Moreover, he has a stunning pair of blue eyes and brown hair. Also, his dress size is 8 and his shoe size is 13(US).

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Caption: David Benioff posing for the photo. Source: DAM

Social Media

Benioff is not active on social media. Similarly, he prefers to be present and private in his personal life, so he avoids social networking sites. Likewise, he is not available on any social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.