Charles Minsky Bio

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“Skating to New York”, a boys coming of age adventure, is Charles Minsky’s feature film directing debut. The film independently financed and produced, based on the novella by Edmond Stevens, was completed in 2013. Minsky also directed two half -hour episodes of ABC’s family comedy “Back in the Game”, starring James Caan, as well as shooting eight other episodes. “Game” is Minsky’s fourth collaboration with Mark and Rob Cullen, who wrote and produced for 20th Century Fox Productions/ABC.

Minsky has a distinguished career as a cinematographer. He shot 2012’s "New Year's Eve" for New Line/Warner Brothers with his long-time collaborator Garry Marshall. The film’s stars include Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Pfeiffer. Other films Marshall and Minsky teamed up on include "Pretty Woman," starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, “Raising Helen,” starring Kate Hudson, "Princess Diaries II", starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, and "Valentine’s Day", starring among others Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, and Shirley MacLaine.

Minsky's other feature film credits include; "Welcome to Collinwood," starring George Clooney, William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, Luis Guzman and Patricia Clarkson, "The Producers," starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, and Will Ferrell, "You, Me and Dupree" starring Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon and Owen Wilson and "Something Borrowed," starring Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Minsky has worked with other directors including James Bridges, John Landis, Robert Aldridge, Colin Higgins, Ron Shelton, Peter Faiman, Frank Marshall, Paul Michael Glazer, Audrey Wells, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Susan Stroman.

Charles Minsky has shot numerous pilots, including "China Beach" directed by John Sacret Young and "Related" and "Vanished", both directed by Mimi Leder, as well as many other television shows including “Amazing Stories”, “Lois and Clark” and “Lucky”, starring John Corbett. His most recent television movies for Hallmark Hall of Fame are “Loving Leah” starring Lauren Ambrose and Jennifer Ehle, and “The Russell Girl" starring Amber Tamblyn.

Charles Minsky graduated from UCLA and soon found a home in movies, working first on several AIP exploitation films. He worked his way up the camera department ladder, becoming an assistant to DP John Alonzo on "Tom Horn", starring Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Slim Pickens, and to DP Ray Villalobos on "Urban Cowboy", starring John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, and to DP Joe Biroc on "Choirboys", starring Charles Durning and Lou Gossett Jr. He operated on "Nine to Five", starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, "Mike's Murder", starring Debra Winger and Paul Winfield, and the "Patricia Neal Story", starring Dirk Bogarde and Glenda Jackson. His first film as a cinematographer was "Radioactive Dreams", a post apocalyptic adventure.

Minsky was a producer on the 2009 documentary “Citizen McCaw,” about the Santa Barbara News-Press. He was also a producer on the original Pee Wee Herman Show, with Paul Reubens. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and the ASC.