Robert Towne, who made a name for himself with films such as "The Last Detail", "Chinatown" and "Shampoo" and won an Oscar for "Chinatown", died at the age of 89.

Towne's press advisor Carrie McClure said he died Monday at his home in Los Angeles.

During a long career that began in the 1960s when he began working as an actor and writer for B-movie director Roger Corman, Towne became one of the most sought-after screenwriters in movie history.

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