Frank R. Pierson | Frank R. Robinson
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Did You Know?
[on the famous "What we have is a failure to communicate" line from
Cool Hand Luke
] The phrase just sort of appeared on the page. I looked at it and thought, "Now that's interesting". Then I thought, "These words are going to be spoken by an actor who is playing a real redneck character who probably never went beyond high school"...
He sold his first script to the half-hour anthology series
, which wasn't aired until 1959 (
Point of Impact
). Soon after he was writing and directing full-time for film and TV, beginning with
Have Gun - Will Travel
, on which he also produced 61 episodes.