Frank Pierson, 87, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon and Cool Hand Luke, died of natural causes Monday in Los Angeles after a short illness.
Mr. Pierson won an Academy Award for writing 1975's Dog Day Afternoon and was nominated for his screenplays for Cool Hand Luke and Cat Ballou. He also wrote and directed 1976's A Star Is Born.
Perhaps his most famous line was from Cool Hand Luke: "What we've got here is failure to communicate," ranked No. 11 on the American Film Institute's list of Hollywood's 100 most memorable quotes.
He most recently worked as a writer and consulting producer on TV's Mad Men and The Good Wife. - AP