He studied at the studio of Yuri Zavadsky Theater School in Rostov-on-Don (1938-1941). In 1941-1945 - actor of front-line theaters. Since 1945 - actor of the Odessa Theater of the Soviet Army. In 1948-1956 - actor of the Central Academic Theater of the Soviet Army. In the years 1958-1993 - actor Studio Theater actor. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1955). Wife - Nonna Sergeevna. Son - actor Sergei Chekan (1960-2005). He passed away on August 11, 1994 in Moscow. He was buried at the Vagankovsky cemetery of the capital (station number 47).