Michael George Chevalier, a Venice resident, businessman and cinematographer, died Monday, June 12th, in Hollywood Hills while running with Hash House Harrier friends. He was 62 years old. Hash House Harrier is a social hounds and hare running and bicycling club.
A celebration of Chevalier’s life will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1st, at the California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.
What friends may know as “Mike attire” is suggested and photos and memories to share are encouraged.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association and/or the local Humane Society chapter.
Chevalier was born August 14th, 1943, in Wilshire Hospital (now Temple Hospital) in Los Angeles, the oldest child to George and Jean Chevalier.
He attended Catholic elementary schools and Loyola and Los Angeles High Schools.
He once had a paper delivery route for the Los Angeles Weekly Mirror and later a morning route for the Los Angeles Times, and he drove a truck for Coca-Cola before finding his professional calling in the film industry as a cinematographer.
Chevalier worked on the Rocky movies, Big Wednesday, Heartbreak Ridge, Hell’s Angels ’69, Superman and sports shows and documentaries for ABC Wide World of Sports, National Geographic, NFL Films, American Sportsman, and the Olympics.
As one of the founding members of the Society of Operating Cameramen, he was well known and well liked within the film industry.
Later in his career, he specialized in tabletop, movie titles, television commercials and miniatures.
In 1970, with assistance from his mother, who helped him invest his paperboy money, he purchased his first home, on Rose Avenue in Venice.
In succession, he purchased several other properties, which he rebuilt and rented to friends.
Chevalier, his wife Lori, and their dogs Senoia and Lola lived in the home they built on the Venice canals.
During the 1970s and into the 1980s, Chevalier owned and operated two Venice businesses: The Spirits of Venice wine shop on Windward Avenue and the North Beach Bar and Grill at the corner of Rose Avenue and Main Street.
In 1985, he became a charter member of the Venice Action Committee (VAC) and continued until his death as a weekly participant in the VAC Ocean Front Walk Committee. He also served as a board member of the Venice Canals Association.
Friends knew Chevalier as a world traveler, devoted to his wife, family, dogs, and friends.
He collected and restored classic cars in various stages of repair or disrepair, was a committed runner and walker, loved parties — which he usually hosted with his wife — and had a sense of humor.
Chevalier is preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles whom he deeply loved.
He is survived by his wife Lori; mothers-in-law Audrey and Jan; brothers-in-law Howard and Steve; sister Kathy; brother Edwin; nieces Amy, Katy, and Kelly; nephews Danny, Tim, Ian, and Michael; former wife Susan; aunts Mary, Wanda, and Mary; several cousins; special friend Cory; and friends.