Robert J. Checchi, set decorator and stage designer who was nominated for 13 Emmys and won five, died June 4 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center about two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 67.Checchi, a native of Pennsylvania, spent 20 years as a set designer with CBS before becoming independent. He worked on the series “Growing Pains” and the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” telepic “Sarah, Plain and Tall.” His work in features included the Jack Lemmon film “Mass Appeal.” In theater, he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for turning an American Legion hall in Hollywood into a gaudy Italian villa for the long-running play “Tamara.” He also decorated an armory for the shorter-running New York version. Checchi is survived by a brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews. A service will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. Family and friends are then invited to the Apple Canyon Ranch near Idyllwild for a continuation of the service.
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