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Charlie Picerni

Charlie Picerni

Charlie Picerni was born in Corona Queens, New York. The fourth of five children to Italian parents. After high school, he worked different jobs, one being construction work on high-rise buildings in Manhattan. He married, at a young age, his childhood girlfriend, Marie. He had a son after one year of marriage and decided he didn't want to work in construction, anymore. So, he headed west to try his luck in the movie business!

His brother, Paul Picerni, was an actor on a hit TV show at that time called "The Untouchables (1959)". Charlie worked as a stand-in, an extra and started doing stunt double work. Charlie immediately fell in love with this work and moved his family to California. Charlie excelled as a stuntman and then moved up to stunt-coordinating TV shows. He got his big break on "Starsky and Hutch (1975)", he was the stunt coordinator and Paul Michael Glaser's stunt double. Aaron Spelling and Duke Vincent saw what direction Charlie was heading in - Directing"!

He started second unit-directing "Starsky and Hutch (1975)" and then moved up to directing episodes of "Starsky". He continued stunt-coordinating and second unit-directing such shows as "Kojak (1973)" and "Magnum, P.I. (1980)". He then started directing television for producers Aaron Spelling, Leonard Goldberg and Stephen J. Cannell, for such shows as "T.J. Hooker (1982)", "Matt Houston (1982)", "Vega$ (1978)", "Hardcastle and McCormick (1983)", "Hunter (1984)", "Stingray (1985)", "Finder of Lost Loves (1984)", "The A-Team (1983)", "J.J. Starbuck (1987)", "Spenser: For Hire (1985)", "Blue Thunder (1984)", "Gavilan (1982)" and HBO's "Tales from the Crypt (1989)".

At that time, Charlie caught Warner Brothers producer Joel Silver's eye. Joel hired Charlie to stunt-coordinate "Die Hard (1988)". This led to second unit-directing and stunt-coordinating on the films, "Die Hard 2 (1990)", "Road House (1989)", "Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)" & "Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)", "Hudson Hawk (1991)", "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)", "The Last Boy Scout (1991)", "Demolition Man (1993)", "Ghost (1990)", "Ricochet (1991)", "Basic Instinct (1992)", "A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)", "True Romance (1993)", "2 Days in the Valley (1996)", "15 Minutes (2001)" and many more. Charlie also, during this time, directed multiple episodes on a TV series, called "Seven Days (1998)", for Paramount studios.

Charlie also worked as an actor in many TV and film projects throughout his career. Realizing he wanted to further his career as a director, he studied at the "Beverly Hills Playhouse" in the Master class for two years. In 2007, he directed, produced and co-wrote a feature film entitled "Three Days to Vegas (2007)", starring Peter Falk, Rip Torn and George Segal. In 2010, Charlie directed Ayn Rand's play, "Night of January 16th", at the Odyssey Theatre to rave reviews! While continuing to work in all avenues of the motion picture business, he is developing and writing his own project called "Spaghetti Park", which he will produce and direct.

Charlie is a proud member of "The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences".

Charlie Picerni Movies : Filmography

The Bleeding

The Bleeding

Released: 2009 Rated:

Three Days To Vegas

Three Days To Vegas

Directing

Released: 2008  

15 Minutes

15 Minutes

Crew

Released: 2001 Rated:

Street Fighter

Street Fighter

Crew

Released: 1994 Rated: PG-13 

Demolition Man

Demolition Man

Crew

Released: 1993 Rated:

Loaded Weapon 1

Loaded Weapon 1

Crew

Released: 1993 Rated: PG-13 

Rapid Fire

Rapid Fire

Driver of Gunman Car (uncredited)

Released: 1992  

Lethal Weapon 3

Lethal Weapon 3

Crew

Released: 1992 Rated:

Ghost

Ghost

Crew

Released: 1990 Rated: PG-13 

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Crew

Released: 1990 Rated:

Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2

Crew

Released: 1989 Rated:

Die Hard

Die Hard

Crew

Released: 1988 Rated:

Murder Me, Murder You

Murder Me, Murder You

Man with Knife (uncredited)

Released: 1983  

The Prize Fighter

The Prize Fighter

Released: 1979  

Capone

Capone

Crew

Released: 1975  

Enter the Dragon

Enter the Dragon

Crew

Released: 1973 Rated:

In Like Flint

In Like Flint

Released: 1967  

Batman: The Movie

Batman: The Movie

Guinea Pig #5 (uncredited)

Released: 1966 Rated: PG