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Frank Pierson

Highest Rated: 100% Cat Ballou (1965)

Lowest Rated: 70% The Anderson Tapes (1971)

Birthday: May 12, 1925

Birthplace: Chappaqua, New York, USA

Distinguished screenwriter and noted director Frank Pierson earned an Oscar nomination for his debut screenplay, Cat Ballou, in 1965 and a decade later won an Oscar for the screenplay for Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon. In between the two, Pierson wrote the acclaimed script for Cool Hand Luke (1967). Before entering the film industry, the Harvard-educated Pierson was a correspondent for Time magazine. He then became a story editor and during the early '60s produced and directed many episodes of the Have Gun Will Travel television series. In addition, Pierson also wrote the screenplays for several other series. He directed his first feature film, The Looking Glass War, in 1969. Other features he directed include the 1976 version of A Star Is Born and King of the Gypsies (1978). By the '90s, Pierson focused most of his energy writing teleplays and directing television movies, including the well-wrought Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994). In his final years, he served as one of the consulting producers on the blockbuster cable series Mad Men.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Citizen Cohn Director 1992
95% Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter 1975
70% The Anderson Tapes Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet The Looking Glass War Director 1969
100% Cat Ballou Screenwriter 1965


94% The Good Wife
Screenwriter 2010
54% The L Word
Director 2006


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