Frank Pierson

Frank Pierson

Highest Rated: 100% Conspiracy (2001)

Lowest Rated: 35% A Star Is Born (1976)

Birthday: May 12, 1925

Birthplace: Chappaqua, New York, USA

An enormously gifted filmmaker, Frank Pierson wore many hats throughout his illustrious career, writing, directing and producing some of Hollywood's most iconic films and TV shows. After getting his start on the small screen with "Have Gun Will Travel" (CBS, 1957-63) and "Naked City" (ABC, 1958-63), Pierson segued to motion pictures with the acclaimed comic Western "Cat Ballou" (1965) and followed with the classic prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" (1967). After creating his own series, "Nichols" (NBC, 1971-72), Pierson joined forces with director Sidney Lumet for the high-paced heist thriller "The Anderson Tapes" (1971) and the unforgettable crime thriller "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), which won him the Oscar for Best Screenplay. He went on to write and direct the Oscar-winning remake of "A Star Is Born" (1976), but made several enemies - and won a few friends - for writing a revealing magazine piece on his behind-the-scenes clashes with star Barbra Streisand. Meanwhile, after scripting the films "In Country" (1989) and "Presumed Innocent" (1990), Pierson focused his directing efforts toward the small screen with several classy, awards-magnet biopics like "Conspiracy" (HBO, 1992), "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992) and "Truman" (HBO, 1995), and later wrote on high-profile series like "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-16) and "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007-15). A former president of the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Pierson was a vital voice in the history of filmed entertainment who left behind a glowing and important legacy.




No Score Yet 53% The Brothers Warner Unknown (Character) - 2008
88% 87% Soldier's Girl Director - 2003
100% 86% Conspiracy Director,
Executive Producer
- 2001
40% 67% Dirty Pictures Director - 2000
88% 74% Truman Director - 1995
No Score Yet 83% Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee Director - 1994
No Score Yet 66% Citizen Cohn Director - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Director - 1990
75% 65% King of the Gypsies Director - 1978
35% 63% A Star Is Born Director,
- 1976
96% 90% Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Neon Ceiling Director - 1970
No Score Yet 48% The Looking Glass War Director - 1970
100% 95% Cool Hand Luke Screenwriter - 1967
90% 74% Cat Ballou Screenwriter - 1965


94% 96% Mad Men Writer 2012
93% 91% The Good Wife Writer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nichols Executive Producer 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Director,
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962