Oscar-winning "Dog Day Afternoon" writer Frank Pierson dies

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File photo of Frank Pierson, then-president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), posing during preparations continue for the 77th Academy Awards in HollywoodLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Frank Pierson, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1975 film "Dog Day Afternoon," died on Monday at age 87, representatives for the writer said. Pierson passed away of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said the Writers Guild of America, West, a group for which Pierson once served as president. Pierson most recently co-wrote an episode of the critically acclaimed television show "Mad Men" that aired earlier this year, and he had roughly 20 writing credits in television and film. …

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