Donn Pearce


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Donn Pearce (born 1928) is an American author best known for the novel and screen play Cool Hand Luke.

Born Donald Mills Pearce in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pearce left home at 15. He attempted to join the United States Merchant Marine at 16, but was turned away due to his age. He lied about his age, registered for the draft, and was inducted into the United States Army in 1944. ... more »

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  • ''What we've got here is a failure to communicate.''
    Donn Pearce, U.S. writer, and Stuart Rosenberg. Camp commandant (Strother Martin), in Cool Hand Luke (film) (1967). The words appeared as a public...
  • ''What we've got here is failure to communicate.''
    Donn Pearce, U.S. screenwriter, Frank R. Pierson, and Stuart Rosenberg. Captain (Strother Martin), Cool Hand Luke, after kicking the recalcitrant pris...
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