Charlie Picerni was born in 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 was an actor on a hit TV show at that time called “The Untouchables”. 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”, 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 and then moved up to Directing episodes of Starsky. He continued stunt coordinating and second unit directing such shows as “Kojak” and “Magnum PI”. He then started Directing Television for producers Aaron Spelling, Leonard Goldberg and Steven Cannell, for such shows as, “Tj Hooker”, “Matt Houston”, “Vegas”, “Hard Castle and McCormick”, “Hunter”, “Stingray”, “Finders of Lost Loves”, “A-Team”, “JJ Starbuck”, “Spencer for Hire”, “Blue Thunder”, “Gavilan” and HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt”.
At that time Charlie caught Warner Brothers producer Joel Silver’s eye. Joel hired Charlie to stunt coordinate “Die Hard”. This lead to second unit directing and stunt coordinating on the films, “Die Hard 2”, “Road House”, “Lethal Weapon 2 & 3”, “Hudson Hawk”, “Christmas Vacation”, “The Last Boy Scout”, “Demolition Man”, “Ghost”, “Ricochet”, “Basic Instinct”, “Low Down Dirty Shame”, “True Romance”, “2 Days in the Valley”, “15 Minutes” and many more. Charlie also during this time directed multiple episodes on a TV series called “Seven Days” for Paramount studios.
Charlie also worked as an actor in many TV and film projects through out 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 with Milton Katsales. In 2007, he Directed, Produced and co-wrote a feature film entitled “Three Days to Vegas”, starring “Peter Falk”, “Rip Torn” and “George Segal”. In 2010 Charlie Directed “Ayn Rand’s” “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 currently developing and writing his own project called “Spaghetti Park” which he will Produce and Direct.
Charlie has been a proud member of “The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences” for 24 years.