Starting as a writer for television, Sargent made it on to the big screen in 1966 with “Gambit,” a comedy thriller starring Michael Caine. In the 2000s, Sargent wrote the screenplays for the director Sam Raimi’s second and third Spider-Man films, starring Tobey Maguire. In 2012, he did a rewrite for a series reboot starring Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man. He won Oscars for the 1977 Holocaust drama Julia and for Ordinary People (1980). Other films on which Sargent worked were: A Star is Born, Straight Time, What About Bob? , Other People’s Money, Dominick and Eugene, Unfaithful and more. He tried acting and had a small part in the 1953 war film From Here to Eternity.
“When I die,” he said, “I’m going to have written on my tombstone, ‘Finally, a plot.’ The fictional character Spider-Man, a comic book superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and featured in Marvel Comics publications, has currently appeared in ten live-action films since his inception, not including fan made shorts and guest appearances in other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.