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Charles B. Pierce
Born June 16, 1938
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.[1]
Died March 5, 2010 (aged 71)
Dover, Tennessee, U.S.[2]
Other name(s) Charles R. Pierce
Charles Pierce
Chuck Pierce
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, producer, set decorator, cinematographer
Years active 1966–1998

Charles B. Pierce (June 16, 1938[3] – March 5, 2010)[4] was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, set decorator, cinematographer and actor. Pierce is best known for the minor cult hits The Legend of Boggy Creek and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. [5]



A former Texarkana, Arkansas advertising salesman, Pierce began making low budget films in the early 1970s. His first film, The Legend of Boggy Creek, became a modest hit and grossed approximately $20 million.[6] Pierce continued to make regional films, including a sequel to Boggy Creek entitled Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues in 1985.[7]

In addition to directing, Pierce has starred in several of his own films, including The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Boggy Creek II. He also served as a writer on the 1983 Clint Eastwood film, Sudden Impact.[8]

Pierce fell from the movie industry's public eye shortly after 1985's Boggy Creek II, slipping into relative obscurity until his 1997 interview with Fangoria magazine.[9] Ten years later, in an interview with the The Austin Chronicle, film directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks revealed they were in talks with Pierce to bring him aboard as a co-producer of The Wild Man of the Navidad, their homage to 70's drive-in creature features.[10] He reportedly turned them down because he instead wanted to direct the project, which was later released by IFC Films in 2009.[11][12]


Pierce died on March 5, 2010, at a Dover, Tennessee nursing home. He was 71. A cause of death was not immediately available.[13]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1966 Waco Set decorator
An Eye for an Eye Set decorator
1970 The Strawberry Statement Set decorator
The Phantom Tollbooth Set decorator
Dirty Dingus Magee Set decorator
1971 Pretty Maids All in a Row Set decorator
1972 The Legend of Boggy Creek Director, cinematographer, producer
1973 Coffy Set decorator
Dillinger Set decorator
1974 Bootleggers Othar Pruitt Director, writer, producer
Black Belt Jones Set decorator
1975 Winterhawk
1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales Set decorator
1977 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Patrolman A.C. Benson Director, producer
1978 The Cheap Detective Set decorator
1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Set decorator
1983 Sacred Ground Director, cinematographer
1985 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues Professor Brian C. "Doc" Lockart Director, producer, writer
1987 Hawken's Breed Noel Hickman as an old man Director, producer, writer
1998 Chasing the Wind Director
Year Title Role Notes
1966 T.H.E. Cat Set decorator
1 episode
Please Don't Eat the Daisies Set decorator
1 episode
1986 The Ellen Burstyn Show Set decorator
1 episode
Fresno Set decorator
1991 MacGyver Set decorator
8 episodes


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