Stephen Herek

Stephen Herek
Born Stephen Robert Herek
(1958-11-10) November 10, 1958
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Occupation Film director
Years active 1986–present

Stephen Robert Herek (born November 10, 1958) is an American film director.

Herek was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. His career as a film director took off in 1986 with the cult horror classic Critters followed by the hit comedy Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989. He then directed Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead in 1991 and The Mighty Ducks in 1992. He became a regular director for The Walt Disney Company throughout the decade, helming The Three Musketeers in 1993, the highly successful live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close, and the Eddie Murphy comedy Holy Man in 1998, as well as the critically acclaimed drama Mr. Holland's Opus in 1995.

Moving into the 2000s, Herek directed the 2001 movie Rock Star, a film about a rockstar wannabe and his favorite rock group, Steel Dragon, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. After the underwhelming performances of Life or Something Like It in 2002 and Man of the House in 2005, Herek has stayed mainly in the television and direct to DVD market, helming films like Picture This, Into the Blue 2: The Reef, and The Chaperone.



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