‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Mad Men’ Writer/Producer Frank Pierson Dies at 87

Frank PiersonIt was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Frank Pierson, decorated writer, director, and producer of film and television, has died at age 87. Pierson’s death is attributed to natural causes, following a brief struggle with an unnamed illness.

Pierson’s most celebrated contributions to Hollywood are perhaps the screenplays to Cool Hand Luke and Dog Day Afternoon. The multihyphenate also wrote and directed the 1976 incarnation of A Star Is Born — a story that director Clint Eastwood is remaking presently.

In the realm of television, Pierson was a writer/producer on the first season of the CBS series The Good Wife, and remained an active writer/producer on Mad Men. Pierson wrote the Season 5 episode “Signal 30.”

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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