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Charles "Chuck" Picerni, Jr. (born 22 June 1953; age 61) is a stuntman, stunt actor, stunt coordinator, and second unit director whose career spans over twenty years and some 120 credits. Among the many films in which he performed stunts were Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. In Star Trek III he performed stunts as a Klingon crewman

Picerni was born in Los Angeles, California. Stunt performing runs in Picerni's family, including his father, Charles Picerni, and brother, Steve Picerni. The junior Picerni began his stunt career in the popular 1982 fantasy adventure The Beastmaster, followed by the acclaimed 1983 gangster feature Scarface.

After Star Trek IV, Picerni went on the perform stunts in such films as Die Hard (1988), Letahl Weapon 2 (1989), Die Hard 2 (1990), Hook (1991), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Patriot Games (1992), True Lies (1994), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Eraser (1996), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Godzilla (1998), The Fast and the Furious (2001), xXx (2002), Daredevil (2003), and Colateral (2005). He also served as a stunt coordinator on such films as The Hunt for Red October (1990), Se7en (1995), Kiss the Girls (1997), Enemy of the State (1998), and Beauty Shop (2005).

Picerni won a Taurus Award from the World Awards for his stunt driving in the 2000 film Gone in 60 Seconds, an award which he shared with Star Trek: Insurrection stuntman Eddie Yansick. Picerni was also nominated for another Taurus Award for his work as stunt coordinator on the same film; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager stuntman Johnny Martin, who served as Picerni's co-stunt coordinator, shared the nomination. In 2007 he was nominated for another Taurus World Stunt Award for best stunt with a car in Deja Vu.

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