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Charles Robert Carner
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Charles Robert Carner

Chicago-born Charles Robert Carner began working in the entertainment industry after graduating valedictorian of his class at Columbia College, where he directed the film Assassins, starring Joe Mantegna. Assassins went on to be named Best Student Film at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Following his graduation, Carner went to work as a story editor for director Tony Bill, all the while writing screenplays in his spare time. Carner's first script to make it before cameras was Seduced, a hit TV movie starring Gregory Harrison and Cybill Shepherd. He followed that with the action-adventure feature Gymkata; Let's Get Harry, with Mark Harmon, Robert Duvall and Gary Busey; and the telefilm Eyes of a Witness, starring Jennifer Grey and Daniel J. Travanti.

Carner expanded into producing on the feature film Blind Fury, with Rutger Hauer. He then began realizing his lifelong dream of directing his own scripts. He began with episodes of Midnight Caller, Reasonable Doubts and The Untouchables, before moving on to such television movies as A Killer Among Friends and One Woman's Courage.

Carner's list of television movies continued to expand, with such titles as Vanishing Point and The Fixer, both of which went on to win several awards. In July 2000, his film Who Killed Atlanta's Children? debuted on Showtime and became that network's highest rated movie of the year.

Carner made a huge splash on basic cable when he wrote the TNT Western Crossfire Trail, starring Tom Selleck. That movie went on to set a record as the highest-rated movie in basic cable history.

In addition to CHRISTMAS RUSH, Carner has just finished directing Judas and Jesus, starring Johnathon Schaech, Jonathan Scarfe, Tim Matheson and Bob Gunton. It is scheduled to air in spring 2003.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Charles Robert Carner Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer, Producer
BirthdayApril 30, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.