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Oscar-Winner Frank Pierson, Chappaqua Native, Dies

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Chappaqua native and Oscar-winning screen writer Frank Pierson died July 23 in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to his family. He was 87.

Pierson was nominated for three Academy Awards over the course of his Hollywood career, winning Best Original Screenplay in 1976 for "Dog Day Afternoon." He also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2005.

He was born May 12, 1925, in Chappaqua. Pierson was currently working as a consulting producer on the AMC series "Mad Men."

In a press release, Academy Governor Phil Robinson described Pierson as a role model. "Young rock 'n' rollers always look to the old bluesmen as models of how to keep their art strong and rebellious into older years," Robinson said. "For screenwriters, Frank has been our old blues master for a long time."

Pierson is survived by his wife, Helene; a son, Michael; a daughter, Eve; and five grandchildren.

A private funeral will be held later this week. A public memorial will be planned in the near future. Memorial contributions may be made to Stand Up 2 Cancer.

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