Werner was born on January 17th, 1947 in New York City, New York. Werner's younger brother is television producer Tom Werner. He was an early mentor and teacher to actress Vinessa Shaw. He is also a devout Buddhist, and the father of Lillie, Katharine and James Werner.WTF!?!?🍗
In 1977, Werner won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for directing the short film In the Region of Ice. Since then he worked on primarily directing television amassing a number of television film credits namely Mama Flora's Family, Two Mothers for Zachary, Call Me Claus, Gracie's Choice, Mom at Sixteen and among other films.
His television series credits include Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, A Different World, The Wonder Years, Moonlighting, and other series.