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Also Known As: Jeremiah S. Chechik Died:
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Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA Profession: director, fashion photographer, painter

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This director has had several successful careers since leaving his native Montreal. Educated at McGill University, Chechik moved to Milan in the late 1970s and became a well-known fashion photographer. Emigrating to the US in the early 1980s, he made a name for himself as a much-awarded director of TV commercials (AT&T, Hallmark, etc.). He then edged his way into the emerging music video industry and, with the rise of MTV, worked with such artists as Hall & Oates and Van Halen. By 1989, Chechik was ready to direct his first feature film, the frenetic Chevy Chase comedy "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." After one TV premiere ("The Big Room," 1990) and a handful of fizzled film projects, Chechik directed the quirky "Benny & Joon" (1993), a quiet, off-kilter romance starring a fey Johnny Depp, Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterston. The film did average business but received largely glowing reviews. Another quirky film followed. "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill" (1995) was a 1905-era fantasy about a young boy (Nick Stahl) and his encounters with the legendary Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), Paul Bunyon (Oliver Platt), John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown) and other Old Westerners....

This director has had several successful careers since leaving his native Montreal. Educated at McGill University, Chechik moved to Milan in the late 1970s and became a well-known fashion photographer. Emigrating to the US in the early 1980s, he made a name for himself as a much-awarded director of TV commercials (AT&T, Hallmark, etc.). He then edged his way into the emerging music video industry and, with the rise of MTV, worked with such artists as Hall & Oates and Van Halen.

By 1989, Chechik was ready to direct his first feature film, the frenetic Chevy Chase comedy "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." After one TV premiere ("The Big Room," 1990) and a handful of fizzled film projects, Chechik directed the quirky "Benny & Joon" (1993), a quiet, off-kilter romance starring a fey Johnny Depp, Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterston. The film did average business but received largely glowing reviews. Another quirky film followed. "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill" (1995) was a 1905-era fantasy about a young boy (Nick Stahl) and his encounters with the legendary Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), Paul Bunyon (Oliver Platt), John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown) and other Old Westerners. Beautifully lensed in Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley and northern California, the film was "a lament for the passing of the Old West," according to the director.

Chechik's next film was a sharp change of pace: a remake of the new wave thriller "Diabolique" (1996), starring Sharon Stone as a vexed murderess and Isabelle Adjani as her partner-in-crime. Sadly, the film suffered in comparison to the 1955 original. Chechik's follow-up was a big screen version of the 60s TV series "The Avengers" (1998), with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman assuming the roles made famous by Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

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  Eureka (2007)
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  Avengers, The (1998) Director
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  Diabolique (1996) Director
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  Benny & Joon (1993) Director
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  Meltdown (2004) Director

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After college, moved to Toronto to work as photographer and painter
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Moved to Milan to work as fashion photographer in late 1970s
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Moved to US to direct TV commercials and music videos in 1980s
1989:
Feature film directing debut, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
1990:
TV series directing debut, premiere of "The Big Room" (HA! TV)
1993:
Helmed the feature, "Benny & Joon"
1996:
Helmed "Diabolique" a remake of the 1955 French film "Les Diaboliques"
1998:
Directed the feature adaption of the British cult television series, "The Avengers"
2005:
Directed episodes of the ESPN series, "Tilt"
2007:
Directed the ESPN miniseries, "The Bronx Is Burning"; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television
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Education

McGill University: Montreal , Quebec -

Notes

Chechik has won several CLIO Awards and citations from the Director's Guild of America for his work directing commercials

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