AKIVA GOLDSMAN (Producer) received the 2001 Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Writers Guild Award for his screenplay A Beautiful Mind. Focusing on the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, the film was directed by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer, starred Russell Crowe, and won four Oscars®, including Best Picture.
Goldsman also earned BAFTA and WGA nominations for his screenplay Cinderella Man, which re-teamed him with Howard, Grazer, and Crowe.
Goldsman most recently wrote and produced the megahit I Am Legend, which starred Will Smith and took in more than $250,000,000 domestically and more than $580,000,000 worldwide.
In 2006, his adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code, directed by Howard, produced by Grazer, and starring Tom Hanks, became an international phenomenon, taking in more than $750,000,000 worldwide. Goldsman is also credited with the adaptation of Brown's novel Angels & Demons, which Howard, Grazer, and Hanks are now filming for release on May 15, 2009.
In addition to Hancock and I Am Legend, Goldsman also teamed with Will Smith as the screenwriter of I, Robot, suggested by the book by Isaac Asimov. The film was directed by Alex Proyas.
Goldsman's many other writing credits include The Client, starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, and Tommy Lee Jones, A Time to Kill, starring Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock, Lost in Space, starring William Hurt and Mimi Rogers, and Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock.
As a producer, Goldsman founded Weed Road Pictures. Prior to Hancock and I Am Legend, Goldsman produced the smash hit action film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and directed by Doug Liman. One of the top hits of summer 2005, the film took in more than $450 million worldwide. Through Weed Road Pictures, Goldsman also produced the hit films Deep Blue Sea, Starsky & Hutch, and Constantine.
Goldsman grew up in Brooklyn Heights, the son of two psychotherapists, who ran a group home for emotionally disturbed children. His experiences there inspired him to become a writer, and, ultimately, informed his adaptation of A Beautiful Mind, due to his deep connection to the material.
Goldsman graduated from Wesleyan University and attended the graduate program in creative writing at New York University. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York with his wife, Rebecca, and their dogs, Fizz, Mouse and Echo.