July 23, 2012 |
Academy award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson, who recently served as the 31st president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, died Sunday evening at Cedars Sinai hospital, according to his manager Susan Landau. He was 87. Pierson, who won his Oscar in 1976 for his "Dog Day Afternoon"screenplay, spent many years of his career in service to the Hollywood organizations that made him a success. He served as the president of the Writers Guild of America for two distinct terms, taught at the Sundance Institute, was an adjunct professor at USC's film school and was the artistic director of the American Film Institute.
January 28, 2010 |
"Ed Wood" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" co-writer Larry Karaszewski will present an evening with Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Frank Pierson tonight at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. The program begins with the 1975 film classic "Dog Day Afternoon," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino, for which Pierson won the screenplay Oscar. Pierson will discuss it after the screening. Rounding out the programming is a free showing of the 1992 HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn," which Pierson directed.
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July 24, 2012 |
A writer for as long as he could remember, Frank Pierson penned his most famous line, "What we've got here is failure to communicate," decades ago for the 1967 script "Cool Hand Luke. " At the time, he thought there was no way such a refined line would be allowed to be uttered by the redneck crew captain who has just taught Paul Newman's Luke a brutal lesson. To ensure the line stayed in, Pierson wrote an entire biography for the captain, one he never needed to use because no one ever questioned the quote that has since become one of the most iconic in movie history.
August 12, 2004
Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Frank Pierson has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
February 25, 2013 |
Among the year-in, year-out Oscar certainties is that the “In Memoriam” tribute segment for those who have passed away in the previous year will spark conversation both about those who are included - as well as those who are left out. George Clooney concluded his introduction of the montage by saying, “So for those friends who are on this list tonight, and many others who aren't, we thank you for the memories. " Perhaps the biggest names among the more than 40 included in the segment were actors Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, writer-director Nora Ephron, director Tony Scott, producer Richard Zanuck and writer-director and former academy president Frank Pierson.
September 24, 1993 |
Pierson Wins Writers Guild West Vote: Frank Pierson was elected president of the guild, which represents film and television writers. Pierson collected 1,130 votes to 583 for his opponent, Irma Kalish. Pierson, who was guild president from 1981 to 1983, was elected to succeed Del Reisman. Contract negotiations for guild members are to start in 1995.