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Screenwriter Carlen dies

Dec 16, 2009 | 6:15am EST

Carlen - who wrote the screenplay for Nicolas Cage's directorial debut, 2002 film Sonny - passed away on 10 December (09) in San Diego, California. He suffered a stroke on 5 December (09) at his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

His first Hollywood job was a technical advisor on 1978 film, Straight Time, starring Dustin Hoffman.

He also wrote the screenplay for U.S. made-for-TV movie Thompson's Last Run, starring Robert Mitchum and Wilford Brimley.

Carlen is survived by two brothers.

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