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Also Known As: Eric Pohlman Died: July 25, 1979
Born: July 18, 1913 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Vienna, AT Profession: actor

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A Hollywood screenwriter adept as a master of horror and twirling enticing thrillers, Charles Edward Pogue began his career as an actor in regional theater. After more than a decade of life on stage, he turned to writing, and, as a result, has penned such films as the remakes of both "The Fly" (1986) and "D.O.A." (1988), as well as the medieval epic "Dragonheart" (1996).Earning a degree in theater arts from the University of Kentucky, Pogue became co-founder and artistic director of the Mercury II Theatre in Fort Thomas, KY. He went on to work at the Globe of the Great Southwest Theatre in Odessa, TX, and elsewhere. He wrote the Sherlock Holmesian play "Whodunnit, Darling?" which was performed and got him hooked on writing. His ability to write in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle led to his first produced screenplay, a 1983 remake of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." The following year, he based another screenplay on a Doyle short story, "The Sign of Four." Pogue subsequently turned more towards horror, notably with the sequel "Psycho III" (1986) and David Cronenberg's chilling remake of "The Fly" (also 1986), starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Now established as a Hollywood screenwriter, Pogue...

A Hollywood screenwriter adept as a master of horror and twirling enticing thrillers, Charles Edward Pogue began his career as an actor in regional theater. After more than a decade of life on stage, he turned to writing, and, as a result, has penned such films as the remakes of both "The Fly" (1986) and "D.O.A." (1988), as well as the medieval epic "Dragonheart" (1996).

Earning a degree in theater arts from the University of Kentucky, Pogue became co-founder and artistic director of the Mercury II Theatre in Fort Thomas, KY. He went on to work at the Globe of the Great Southwest Theatre in Odessa, TX, and elsewhere. He wrote the Sherlock Holmesian play "Whodunnit, Darling?" which was performed and got him hooked on writing. His ability to write in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle led to his first produced screenplay, a 1983 remake of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." The following year, he based another screenplay on a Doyle short story, "The Sign of Four." Pogue subsequently turned more towards horror, notably with the sequel "Psycho III" (1986) and David Cronenberg's chilling remake of "The Fly" (also 1986), starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Now established as a Hollywood screenwriter, Pogue went on to adapt "D.O.A.," which starred Edmond O'Brien in the 40s, as a vehicle for Dennis Quaid. (The plot follows a man who swallows poison and sets out to discover who has plotted to murder him before he dies.) Pogue penned another Quaid vehicle, the medieval fantasy "Dragonheart" (1995), which is perhaps better remembered for its Oscar-nominated special effects. He continued in a medieval vein with "Kull the Conqueror" (1997), starring Kevin Sorbo.

Pogue has worked infrequently for TV, but did write and co-produce the 1990 CBS telefeature "Hands of a Murder," based on a Sherlock Holmes story. An additional play, "The Ebony Ape," also based on a Holmes mystery, was produced on stage in 1987.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ashanti (1979) Zeda El-Kabir
2.
 Tales From the Vienna Woods (1978) Mister
3.
4.
 The Horsemen (1971) Merchant of Kandahar
5.
 The Mini-Affair (1968) World banker
6.
 Inspector Clouseau (1968) Bergesch
7.
 Where the Spies Are (1966) Farouk
8.
 Agent 8 3/4 (1965) Galushka
10.
 Alive and Kicking (1964) Russian captain
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Born Vienna. Studied at Max Reinhardt School. Appeared many times on stage in Vienna during pre-war years, especially at the Raimund Theater.

Escaped Nazism in 1939. Had many jobs in UK during war years. including cook, butler and WC-cleaner at the Marble Arch Cumberland Hotel. Also worked with German service of BBC.

Became naturalised British in 1948.

Appeared in almost 200 films on big and small screen. Also many stage appearances. In mid-60s, revived his German-language career, becoming a leading actor on stage and screen, until his death in 1979, 2 days before the premiere of 'Jedermann' at the Salzburg Festival.

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