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The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles
Actress Amanda Peet, left and David Benioff arrive at the Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 25, 2014. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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David Benioff (born around 1970) is an American writer.

Born David Friedman in New York City, he changed his name to David Benioff, his mother's maiden name. His mother was a Russian immigrant. He is the youngest of three, with 2 sisters, Suzy Cohen and Caroline Levy. Benioff is a Dartmouth College alumnus. He worked as a club bouncer and at 22 became a high school English teacher at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, New York City. Additionally, he attended the University of California Irvine and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in the creative writing program.

While working as a high school English teacher, he wrote the book called The 25th Hour and received positive recognition for the book. He later adapted the book into a screenplay, which was filmed starring Edward Norton and was directed by Spike Lee. He then wrote a collection of short stories titled When the Nines Roll Over (And Other Stories) in 2004.

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