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It's been said that if Donn Pearce is remembered at all, it won't be for having written "Cool Hand Luke," his acclaimed but little-read novel about his life as a convict on a southern chain gang, but for the classic movie based on it. Starring Paul Newman in the Oscar-nominated title role, Cool Hand Luke (1967) was both a critical and commercial ... See full bio »
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 1979 Love for Rent (TV Movie) (story)
 1967 Cool Hand Luke (novel) / (screenplay)
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 2008 A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' (Video documentary short)
 1972 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.192 (1972) ... Himself

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Received $6,500 for "Cool Hand Luke" the book, $65,000 for the film rights, and $15,000 for the first draft of his Oscar-nominated film script. Paul Newman, who Pearce thinks was miscast as Luke, received over $750,000 for acting in the film. See more »

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