WGA honors Pierson

Former prexy feted by Guild

The Writers Guild of America West has named writer-director and former guild president Frank Pierson as the recipient of its Morgan Cox Honorary Service Award.

Kudos will be presented at the WGA’s awards ceremony Feb. 4 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Previous recipients include Fay Kanin, Allen Rivkin, Mel Shavelson, Irma Kalish, Ann Marcus, George Kirgo, Del Reisman, David W. Rintels, James Buchanan and Hal Kanter.

Pierson received the guild’s Valentine Davies Award in 1991 and its Edmund J. North Award in 1999.

“No one is more worthy of recognition by this union than Frank Pierson,” said WGA West president Patric Verrone. “He is one of the few members in guild history to win all three major honorary awards we offer.”

Pierson served as WGA West president 1981-83 and 1993-95 and as prexy of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences from 2001-05. In 1992 he received the WGA West’s Screen Laurel Award in recognition of his body of work.

Pierson won an Oscar and WGA Award for writing “Dog Day Afternoon”; he received Oscar and WGA screenplay noms for “Cat Ballou” and “Cool Hand Luke.” Other film writing credits include “Presumed Innocent,” “In Country” and “A Star Is Born.”

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