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'Dog Day Afternoon' writer Frank Pierson dies, aged 87

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Dog Day Afternoon screenwriter Frank Pierson has died at the age of 87.

The writer's family confirmed that he passed away on Monday (July 23) following a battle with an undisclosed illness.

Frank Pierson

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'Dog Day Afternoon' still

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Pierson made his breakthrough in Hollywood in the late 1950s as a script editor for Have Gun, Will Travel before moving into screenwriting.

He earned an Academy Award for the hit Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon and also penned Cool Hand Luke, Cat Ballou and Route 66.

Pierson later turned to directing, with projects including the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, King of the Gypsies and Conspiracy.

He also served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2005.

In recent years, Pierson was a consulting producer for The Good Wife and Mad Men.

Martha Plimpton
2012 Fox  Upfront Presentation held at the Wollman Rink - Arrivals
New York City, USA

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Tom Hiddleston

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Raising Hope actress Martha Plimpton is one of the many stars eulogising the late Pierson on Twitter.

"Frank Pierson was a great guy, a brilliant writer, a committed mentor and all-around decent human being. He made things better. RIP" Plimpton wrote.

The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston, who worked with Pierson on Conspiracy, tweeted: "Frank Pierson, the writer of Dog Day Afternoon & Cool Hand Luke, and one of the first film-makers to give me a break, has died. RIP."

He is survived by wife Helene Pierson, his two children and five grandchildren.

Watch a Dog Day Afternoon trailer below:

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