David Friedman, he changed his name to David Benioff, his mother's maiden name. He worked as a club bouncer and high school English teacher at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, NY, until he won recognition for his book, The 25th Hour. He later adapted the book into a film, starring Edward Norton and directed by Spike Lee.
Benioff is a Dartmouth College alumnus. Additionally, he attended the University of California Irvine and received a Masters in the creative writing program.
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