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Frank Pierson, Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'Dog Day Afternoon,' dead at 87

Academy President Frank Pierson arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Scientific and Technical Achievements Awards dinner in Pasadena Calif., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004. Pierson died Monday, July 23, 2012, after a short illness. He was 87. (Chris Carlson)

July 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson died Monday after a short illness. He was 87.

Pierson's family said he died of natural causes in Los Angeles.

Pierson won an Oscar for his original screenplay for the 1975 film, "Dog Day Afternoon." Pierson's writing credits also include "Cool Hand Luke," "Presumed Innocent," and "A Star is Born."

Most recently, he served as a consulting producer for the TV series "Mad Men."

Pierson also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2005.

Pierson is survived by his wife, Helene, two children and five grandchildren.