Expanding his career, he started to direct, produce, and film commercials. He gained
national notoriety for putting pantyhose on Joe Namath for a Hanes commercial. And
his Noxema spots with the famous phrase, “Take it off, take it all off!” became
a pop culture phenomenon. Steckler directed and filmed all the live segments in
the EmmyTM-award winning television special, “Free To Be You and Me”,
which went on to become one of the most popular and influential children’s television
specials of past decades. He won numerous awards, and many of Steckler’s commercials
are now part of the collection in The Paley Center for Media.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, he embarked on a career of producing and directing movies
for television, using such actors as Kevin Bacon, Katherine Ross, and the late Robert
Young in an EmmyTM nominated role.
In the early 90’s, during a trip to the Middle East, Steckler had an epiphany that
led him to withdraw from movie projects – and he returned to his first loves: photography
and painting. Steckler quickly became a collected and exhibited photographer and
Whether wearing the hat of an illustrator, photographer, painter, or director, Steckler’s
images challenge our often-dismissive eye to linger on imagery that speaks a world
of truth and eases us into the discovery of how to ‘see’ what is beautiful and compelling
in these complex times.
Len Steckler resides in Los Angeles, and continues to create and SEE every day.
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