Charlie was born in Lake Placid NY, his childhood was spent in the tiny Persian Gulf Sheikdom of Qatar. At the tender age of 8, he was dispatched to the rather troubled and sadistic Dickensian world that was… English boarding schools.
The Headmaster’s motto was “Colour is crap…we never needed it in my day”
Whilst attending this bleak institution he was often dispatched to the school’s dank monochromatic basement as punishment for possessing what “they” deemed “an unorthodox spirit” and for the simple fact that the only thing that motivated him was his weekly attempts at escaping this drab archaic nightmare.
During once such basement jaunt Charlie was struck by the realization of his life’s true purpose. It wasn’t much of a realization or a particularly profound purpose. But at least he had one… Henceforth he would strive to bring a touch of colour to all the dingy crevices of his world. Charlie immediately informed all, whom cared to listen, of this new and exciting revelation.
He was abruptly “asked” to leave school, spent a rather sore and chaffed summer modeling G-strings in the South of France, was trained by and worked for Rank (UK) and Virgin TV (UK), then buggered off over the pond to Hollywood in Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Eight.