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Charles H. Eglee is a writer and executive producer for AMC's The Walking Dead. He co-wrote the episode "Tell It to the Frogs" with executive producers Jack LoGiudice and Frank Darabont. He has also previously worked on Dexter and The Shield.
Eglee was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in North Haven, Connecticut and Eastham, Massachusetts. He was graduated cum laude from Williston Academy and received his B.A. in English from Yale University. After a brief stint teaching film history at Yale, Eglee moved to California and worked for Roger Corman, where he served in a variety of production capacities and struck up a friendship with then production designer, James Cameron. With Cameron, Eglee wrote Piranha II: The Spawning. Later, he wrote and produced the mutant rodent film Deadly Eyes.
In 1984 Eglee joined the writing staff of St. Elsewhere as story editor. During his tenure, his work was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Humanitas Prize. He went on to become writer and supervising producer of the ABC series Moonlighting, where he was, once again, nominated for an Emmy Award. At Twentieth Century Fox Television, Eglee co-wrote and executive produced the one-hour television pilot, Rockenwagner.
Joining Steven Bochco Productions in 1991, Eglee wrote and co-executive produced the ABC series Civil Wars for two seasons, during which time he also shouldered writing chores on L.A. Law. In 1993, he co-created and executive produced the short-lived ABC series, The Byrds of Paradise, starring Timothy Busfield, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Upon that show's demise, Eglee joined NYPD Blue during its second season as writer and co-executive producer and received an Emmy Award for Best Drama. In 1995, he co-created Murder One with Steven Bochco and was the show's executive producer. His work was nominated for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, the Writers Guild Award, and received the People's Choice Award. Murder One was also voted best foreign drama by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Again with Bochco, Eglee co-created and executive produced Total Security for ABC starring James Belushi and James Remar.
Eglee and James Cameron teamed up again to co-create Dark Angel, a futuristic drama starring Jessica Alba, set in the dystopic world of 21st-Century Seattle. Dark Angel garnered a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Dramatic Series and star Alba was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
In 2003 Eglee joined the crew of FX police drama The Shield as an executive producer. His work on the Shawn Ryan created series received the AFI Award for Show of the Year in 2004 and 2008. The Shield was also honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2005.
In 2007, Eglee joined Showtime drama series Dexter as a writer and executive producer for the third season. In 2009 he was nominated for the Golden Globe, the WGA Award and the Emmy Award for his work on the third season of Dexter in the best Dramatic Series categories. He remained a writer and executive producer for the fourth season in 2009. He was nominated for the WGA award a third consecutive time at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on the fourth season of Dexter.
In 2010 he became a writer and executive producer for the television adaptation of The Walking Dead. Frank Darabont is also an executive producer and will write and direct the series pilot episode. Eglee and Darabont had previously collaborated on The Shield.