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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.

Stephen Herek
Stephen Robert Herek

(1958-11-10) November 10, 1958 (age 60)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
OccupationFilm director
Years active1986–present
Notable work
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
The Mighty Ducks
The Three Musketeers
Mr. Holland's Opus
101 Dalmatians



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.[1] He then directed Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead in 1991 and became a regular director for The Walt Disney Company throughout the decade, helming The Mighty Ducks in 1992, The Three Musketeers in 1993,[2] the highly successful live-action 1996 remake of 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close, and the Eddie Murphy comedy Holy Man in 1998. He also directed the critically acclaimed drama Mr. Holland's Opus in 1995.[3]

In 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, as well as two Dolly Parton TV specials.



Year Title Contribution Notes
Director Producer Writer
1986 Critters Yes No Yes
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Yes No No
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Yes No No
1992 The Mighty Ducks Yes No No
1993 The Three Musketeers Yes No No
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus Yes No No
1996 101 Dalmatians Yes No No
1998 Holy Man Yes Yes No
1999 Black Sabbath: Time Machine Yes No No Short film/music video
2001 Rock Star Yes No No
2002 Life or Something Like It Yes No No
2005 Man of the House Yes No No
2009 Dead Like Me: Life After Death Yes No No Direct-to-video
2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef Yes No No
2011 The Chaperone Yes No No
2013 Reverse Runner No executive No
2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins Yes No No


Year Title Contribution Notes
Director Producer
1989 The Gifted One Yes No Television movie
2002 The Mind of the Married Man Yes No Director of episode: "The Pony Ride"
2003 Young MaGyver Yes No Television movie
2008 Picture This Yes No Television movie
2010 The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice Yes No Television movie
2013 Dallas Yes No Director of episode: "False Confessions"
2013 Lucky 7 Yes No Director of episode: "All In"
2013 Jinxed Yes No Television movie
2014 Betrayal Yes No Director of episode: "Sharper Than a Serpant's Tooth..."
2015 Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Yes No Television movie
2015 Rush Hour Yes No Director of episode: "The Dark Night"
2015-2016 Hawaii Five-0 Yes No Director of 3 episodes
2016 Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love Yes Yes Television movie
2016-2018 MacGyver Yes Yes Director of 7 episodes
Co-executive producerer of 40 episodes

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