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Frank Pierson, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Dog Day Afternoon" and was nominated for two Academy Awards for adapted screenplay for "Cat Ballou" and "Cool Hand Luke," died Monday in Los Angeles of natural causes following a short illness. He was 87. More recently, Pierson served as president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science from 2001-05. He was also working as writer and consulting producer on "Mad Men" and had served the same duties on several episodes of "The Good Wife." Pierson won Emmy awards for TV directing: "Truman" (1995) and "Conspiracy" (2001). He also garnered a CableACE award for "Citizen Cohen" (1992), a biopic on the notorious Red baiter Roy Cohn. The writer is survived by his wife Helene, his children, Michael and Eve, and five grandchildren. A private funeral for the family will be held this week. »
Writer-director Frank Pierson died Monday at the age of 87, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to winning an Oscar for his “Dog Day Afternoon” screenplay, Pierson was very active in the industry, with stints as president of the Writers Guild of America, West, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and artistic director of the American Film Institute. Additional writing credits of Pierson’s include “Cat Ballou,” “Presumed Innocent,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “In Country” and “The Looking Glass War,” which was also his directing debut in 1969. Pierson was also very active in TV writing and directing, on shows and films such as “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Naked City,” “Truman” and “Citizen Cohen.” Read the full THR obit. Update: AMPAS has just released this statement from the Pierson family: Oscar-winning screenwriter »
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23 July 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Frank Pierson, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Dog Day Afternoon, and who was nominated for two Academy Awards for adapted screenplay for Cat Ballou and Cool Hand Luke, has died. More recently, he served as president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science from 2001-05. He was 87. He won Emmy awards for TV directing: Truman (1995) and Conspiracy (2001). He also garnered a CableACE award for Citizen Cohen (1992), a biopic on the notorious Red baiter Roy Cohn. A man of long-term service to
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Gary Sinise will be where most people now expect him to be on Memorial Day weekend.
With war veteran Lt. Dan in the Oscar-winning 1994 movie "Forrest Gump" among his most famous roles, the "CSI: NY" star rejoins longtime friend and fellow CBS personality Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") in Washington, D.C., to host PBS' telecast of the National Memorial Day Concert for the seventh consecutive year Sunday (May 27).
"Every year, they have it so well-organized," Sinise tells Zap2it. "Joe and I know our place, and we've been through the staging and the various aspects of it, so we just fall into it and it all comes together in the end."
Among other performers slated to appear in the event on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol: Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn; Vietnam War veteran and four-time Emmy winner Dennis Franz, in his first major television appearance since "NYPD Blue »
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