The Montreal-born filmmaker majored in theater at McGill University and, after graduating, moved to Toronto to pursue a career as a photographer and a painter. In the late 1970s, Chechik traveled to Europe and established himself in Milan as a cutting edge fashion photographer for Italian Vogue.
Chechik began directing television commercials in the United States in the early 1980s. He went on to win Clio Awards and Directors Guild of America Award nominations for his breakthrough advertising work, which included spots for such top accounts as AT&T, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Diet Coke, Nike, American Express and Michelob, and featured such performers as Paul Newman, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins. As MTV grew in popularity, Chechik began directing music videos for artists including Van Halen and Hall & Oates.
Chechik made his feature film debut with the 1989 comedy hit National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Most recently, he directed Diabolique, starring Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani and Chazz Palminteri and "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill," starring Patrick Swayze, Scott Glenn and Catherine O'Hara.
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