Open in App

Hal Dresner Dies: Writer For ‘Cool Hand Luke’ And ‘Zorro The Gay Blade’ Was 85

By Bruce Haring,


Hal Dresner, a veteran writer for film and television who is credited for the memorable line, “What we have here is a failure to communicate” in the film Cool Hand Luke, died Friday in Ashland, Oregon of cancer. He was 85 and his death was confirmed by his family.

'The Wire' Actors Wendell Pierce & Isiah Whitlock Jr. Remember Co-star Lance Reddick As Hollywood Pays Tribute

Dresner had a long career as a writer and producer, working on The Harvey Korman Show, The Eiger Sanction, CBS Summer Playhouse, MASH, and more.

Born in June 1937 in New York City, he graduated from the University of Florida and moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting.

John Jakes Dies: 'North And South', 'The Bastard' Author Was 90

He was also the author of The Man Who Wrote Dirty Books, a comic novel.

He was a mentor to Garry Shandling and Richard Lewis, according to a family friend.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Paloma Dresner, and his sister, Rea Dresner of Pennsylvania. No memorial has been planned.

Rolly Crump Dies: Legendary Disneyland Designer Was 93

Expand All
Comments / 0
Add a Comment
Most Popular newsMost Popular

Comments / 0