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Screenwriter/Director Frank Pierson Has Died

By Los Angeles
Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson died at a hospital in Los Angeles on July 22, according to published reports. He was 87.

Pierson won the Oscar for his script to Dog Day Afternoon, and was also Oscar-nominated for Cool Hand Luke, adapted with Donn Pearce from Pearce's novel of the same name, and Cat Ballou, which he adapted with Walter Newman from Roy Chanslor's novel.

Among his other film credits is the Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson remake of A Star Is Born, which he directed and contributed to the screenplay.

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