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 where he worked with a then-unknown Keanu Reeves in 1989. He then directed Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead in 1991, followed by The Mighty Ducks in 1992 (which subsequently spun off into a franchise), whereafter he became a regular director for Disney 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 the evolution of a fictional rock group Steel Dragon mimicking that of Judas Priest, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, as well as produced by George Clooney. After the underwhelming performance of Life or Something Like It in 2002 and Man of the House in 2005, Herek stayed mainly in the television and direct to DVD market, helming films like Picture This, Into the Blue 2: The Reef and, most recently, The Chaperone from WWE Films.
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