Charlie Picerni

Charlie Picerni

director, stunts, actor

Charlie Picerni was born on Dec 19, 1935 in USA. Charlie Picerni's big-screen debut came with Johnny Cool directed by William Asher in 1963. Charlie Picerni is known for Nightcrawler directed by Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Louis Bloom and Michael Papajohn as Security Guard. Charlie Picerni has got 1 awards and 2 nominations so far. The most recent award Charlie Picerni achieved is World Stunt Awards. The upcoming new movie Charlie Picerni plays is Shazam! Fury of the Gods which will be released on Mar 17, 2023.

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 Les incorruptibles (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 et 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 et 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 (1980). He then started directing television for producers Aaron Spelling, Leonard Goldberg and Stephen J. Cannell, for such shows as Hooker (1982), Matt Houston (1982), Vegas (1978), Le juge et le pilote (1983), Rick Hunter (1984), Stingray (1985), Finder of Lost Loves (1984), L'agence tous risques (1983), J.J. Starbuck (1987), Spenser (1985), Tonnerre de feu (1984), Gavilan (1982) and HBO's Les contes de la crypte (1989).At that time, Charlie caught Warner Brothers producer Joel Silver's eye. Joel hired Charlie to stunt-coordinate Piège de cristal (1988). This led to second unit-directing and stunt-coordinating on the films, 58 minutes pour vivre (1990), Road House (1989), L'Arme fatale 2 (1989) & L'Arme fatale 3 (1992), Hudson Hawk, gentleman et cambrioleur (1991), Le sapin a les boules (1989), Le dernier samaritain (1991), Demolition Man (1993), Ghost (1990), Ricochet (1991), Basic Instinct (1992), A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), True Romance (1993), 2 jours à Los Angeles (1996), 15 minutes (2001) and many more. Charlie also, during this time, directed multiple episodes on a TV series, called Sept jours pour agir (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".

  • Birthday

    Dec 19, 1935
  • Place of Birth

    Queens, New York, USA
  • Also known

    Charles Picerni Sr., Charlie Picerni Sr., Chuck Picerni Sr., Charles Picerni, Charley Picerni, Chuck Picerni, Charlie Piccerni

Known For


1 wins & 2 nominations

World Stunt Awards
Best Work with a Vehicle
Winner - Taurus Award

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows