Academy Award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson has passed away at the age of 87.
Pierson is best known for his Oscar-nominated screenplays "Cool Hand Luke," "Cat Ballou" and "Dog Day Afternoon," the latter of which won him the gold in 1976. The Hollywood staple also served as President of the Writers Guild of America, from 1981-1983 and again from 1993-1995. More recently, he was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001-2005.
Born in Chappaqua, New York on May 12, 1925, Pierson began writing for TV shows in 1959 and made his film directorial debut in 1969 with "The Looking Glass War." While he would be lauded for his screenplays, Pierson kept directing features, notably 1976's "A Star Is Born" and "King of the Gypsies" in 1978.
In recent years, the filmmaker had been getting back to his television roots; he served as a consulting producer to the hit shows "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men." His final writing credit was the fifth episode of the fifth season "Mad Men," which Peirson co-wrote with Matthew Weiner.