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Charles Edward Pogue Jr. (born January 18, 1950) is an American screenwriter, playwright and stage actor. He is best known for writing the screenplays of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983), Psycho III (1986), The Fly (1986) and Dragonheart (1996).[1]

Charles Edward Pogue
Charles Edward Pogue Jr.

(1950-01-18) January 18, 1950 (age 69)
Other namesChuck Pogue, Charles Pogue
EducationHighlands High School
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
OccupationScreenwriter, playwright, actor
Years active1983–present
Notable work
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Psycho III, The Fly, D.O.A., Dragonheart
Spouse(s)Julieanne Beasley (1987–present)


Early lifeEdit

Pogue was born on January 18, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Charles Edward Pogue Sr. (1921–1994) and Ruth Elizabeth Hick (1921–2010). He grew up in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and graduated from Highlands High School in 1968. He earned a degree in theater arts from the University of Kentucky in 1972 where he was active in theatre productions.[2]


Pogue began writing plays and screenplays after moving to Los Angeles, California. He has worked in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller genres, and he has also scripted several Sherlock Holmes adaptations: The Hound of the Baskervilles,[1] The Sign of Four,[1] and Hands of a Murderer.[1] His most well-known work to date is probably the acclaimed 1986 remake[1] of The Fly; he provided the initial drafts, though his work was heavily rewritten by David Cronenberg, the film's director.[3]

He has expressed his disappointment with the films that were made from his screenplays for Dragonheart[1] and Kull the Conqueror,[1] saying that they were ruined by studio interference.[4] Whereas he believes that his most satisfying achievement was The Hound of the Baskervilles.[4]

Pogue is also a renowned actor in regional theater who has worked onstage with such stars as Charlton Heston, Jeremy Brett, Cyd Charisse, Martha Raye and Deanna Dunagan.

From 1997 to 2001, Pogue served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Pogue and his wife Julieanne Beasley reside in Georgetown, Kentucky. They are both very active in theatre productions and he frequently works with the Actors Guild of Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky.




  • Whoddunit, Darling? (1983)
  • The Ebony Ape (1987)
  • Tartuffe (2007)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Charles Edward Pogue Filmography". The New York Times.
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky.
  3. ^ Charles Edward Pogue - Crusader for Creative Rights Archived November 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Linder, Brian (15 May 2002). "10 Questions: Charles Edward Pogue". IGN.

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