Charles was born in Miami, Florida. His father worked for Pan American Airlines, so he grew up all over the world. He studied English at Roanoke College in Virginia and Environmental Microbiology at University of Vermont. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, to play music and recorded and toured extensively. Leaving the music business in 1991, he moved to London, and then to Antigua, West Indies, where he still resides.
Charles has worked as a dive master, commercial diver, and sailor and with treasure hunter Scott Mitchen. Together they have discovered numerous wrecks around the Caribbean and began to salvage old growth hardwood from the Great Lakes. He is a re-breather diver, has a private pilots license, and a 200 ton Yacht Master ticket.
Back in Antigua he worked on many commercials & local film productions, and also with the Marine Department on location for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Charles also met Louie Psihoyos in Antigua, and for more than 10 years has worked with Louie on many photography assignments and as associate producer of The Cove. In rare spare time he races his wooden sloop “Summer Cloud” throughout the Caribbean.
After the success of The Cove, Charles orchestrated the "Sushi Sting" at Santa Monica's Hump restaurant and exposed another operation in Korea. Recently, he has been filming in the Gulf of Mexico for an upcoming TV show.