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Frank Pierson, Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Dog Day Afternoon," dies at 87

Frank Pierson attends the Eleventh Annual AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on January 14, 2011, in Los Angeles. Getty

(CBS/AP) The Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Cool Hand Luke" has died.

Frank Pierson's family said he died of natural causes Monday in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 87.

Pierson won an Oscar for writing 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon," starring Al Pacino, and was nominated for his screenplays for "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) and "Cat Ballou" (1965) with Jane Fonda. He wrote and directed 1976's "A Star is Born," starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Perhaps Pierson's most famous line was for "Cool Hand Luke": "What we've got here is failure to communicate."

He most recently worked as a writer and consulting producer on TV's "Mad Men" and "The Good Wife."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Pierson served in the Army during World War II and graduated with a degree in cultural anthropology from Harvard University.

Pierson served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which released the news of his death Monday, from 2001 to 2005, and served as governor of its writers branch for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren.

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