Alex Winter Biography | Alex Winter
Alex Winter(full name: Alexander Ross Winter) is a British-American actor, film director, and screenwriter, best known for his role as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in the 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its 1991 sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. He is also well known for his role as Marko in the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys, and for co-writing, co-directing and starring in the 1993 film Freaked.
Alex Winter Age
Alex is 53 years old as of 2018. He was born on 17 July 1965, in London, United Kingdom
Alex Winter Personal life
Winter was married to Sonya Dawson, with whom he had a son, born in 1998. At some point, he and Sonya divorced. In 2010, he married Ramsey Ann Naito. They have two children.
Winter maintains dual British and American citizenship.
On February 2, 2018, Winter revealed that he was molested by an older man at age 13 while he was acting on Broadway.
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Alex Winter Early life and Education
Alex was born in London, England, to mother Gregg Mayer, a New York-born American who was a former Martha Graham dancer who founded a modern-dance company in London in the mid-1960s, and father Ross Albert Winter, an Australian who danced with Winter’s mother’s troupe. Winter received training in dance as a child. He grew up in a Jewish family. He has an older brother named Stephen.
When he was five, his family moved to Missouri, where his father ran the Mid-American Dance Company, while his mother taught dance at Washington University in St. Louis. The two divorced in 1973.
In 1978, Alex moved to the New York City area, where he and his mother lived in Montclair, New Jersey. During this time he began performing as an actor on and off Broadway, commuting into New York City.
In 1983, after graduating from Montclair High School, Alex was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. While at NYU, he met fellow aspiring filmmaker Tom Stern. The two collaborated on a number of 16mm short films and both graduated with honors.
Alex Winter Children | Kids
Blessed with Three Children
Alex is blessed with two children from his current relationship and one from the previous one. He has a son from Sonya, born in 1998. Moreover, from Naito, he has two kids. He revealed one child’s name as Leroy Winter. He seems to be a great dad, a great husband, and a great actor.
Alex Winter Wife | Married
Married to Wife Ramsay Ann Naito
Alex is a married man. He hitched a supportive wife, Ramsay Ann Naito. The duo exchanged vows in 2010, and it is already seven years of their togetherness. Both were dating each other before marrying, however, decided not to disclose their dating life details. For now, both Alex and Ramsay are sharing a blissful life. Alex is not linked with or has extra-marital affairs. So, there is no rumor of both getting apart. What’s more, they were seen together on 90th Annual Academy Awards.
Alex Winter Career
As an actor, he spent many years on Broadway with supporting roles in productions of The King and me, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and the American premiere of Simon Gray’s Close of Play at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
After completing NYU film school, he and Tom Stern moved out to Hollywood, where the two wrote and directed a number of short films and music videos. Winter continued to find work as an actor, landing notable roles in such big productions as The Lost Boys and Rosalie Goes Shopping.
In 1989, Winter found international success when he co-starred with Keanu Reeves as Bill S. Preston in the smash-hit comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
Following the success of Bill & Ted, Winter and creative collaborators Tom Stern and Tim Burns were hired to develop a sketch comedy show for MTV. The result, 1991’s The Idiot Box, was a success for the network, but the channel’s budgetary problems prevented them from filming additional seasons, and it was canceled after six episodes. Winter, Stern, and Burns accepted a $12 million deal from 20th Century Fox to film their own feature film, which would end up becoming 1993’s Freaked.
While the film was never widely released, despite positive reviews from The New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly, Freaked went on to become a cult favorite, through festivals, TV and DVD, and was cited by Entertainment Weekly, on their list of Top Ten Comedies of the Nineties.
He did not return to directing until 1999 when he filmed Fever. The film was shown at film festivals worldwide, including Official Selection in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. New York Daily News praised the film, calling it “a claustrophobic mind bender. Winter sustains an aura of creepiness worthy of Roman Polanski.”
Winter directed the live-action adaptation of the hit Cartoon Network series Ben 10, which aired in November 2007 and garnered the highest ratings in Cartoon Network history. He directed its sequel, Ben 10: Alien Swarm which aired on Cartoon Network in November 2009 and captured over 16 million viewers in its premiere weekend. He has reportedly been chosen to write the screenplay for the Howard Stern-produced remake of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. His latest project is a 3D-remake of the 1987 horror film The Gate which was scheduled for release in 2011.
In April 2011, Winter’s Bill & Ted co-star Keanu Reeves confirmed that a third installment of the film series was underway. Winter’s confirmed work on Bill & Ted 3 was still in progress in a 2014 article on the original film’s 25th anniversary. In 2016, Winter said that he hoped the film would go into production in 2017. Reeves confirmed in February 2017 that the third film is being made, and the writers have a story. “Basically, they’re supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven’t done that,” Reeves said about the plot of the movie.
His 2012 VH1 Rock Doc Downloaded earned worldwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings. Winter’s multiple award-winning 2015 documentary Deep Web, had its world premiere at SXSW and a broadcast premiere in the U.S. on the Epix network alongside a global festival tour. The film went wide on September 2015, opening as the #1 documentary on iTunes.
In 2013, he had a role in the thriller Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, playing The Assistant.
In July 2015, Winter began work on a biographical documentary of the rock guitarist and composer Frank Zappa. The Zappa Family Trust publicly gave its approval to Winter’s plans for the film. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history.
In 2016, Winter released a short documentary entitled Relatively Free about journalist Barrett Brown’s release from prison. This was followed in 2017 by another short documentary, Trump’s Lobby, about President-elect Donald Trump.
In 2018, Winter released two documentaries with a third on the way, The Panama Papers (film), about the Panama Papers and Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain. Soon to be released, Zappa, on the life and times of Frank Zappa, will not only be the first documentary with access to his archives, but this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history, via Kickstarter.
Scheduled for 2020, Winter returns as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill & Ted Face the Music, currently in pre-production.
Technology and privacy activism
Winter is also an outspoken advocate for technology and privacy rights.
He became interested in the Internet in the late 1980s. Winter said he began devoting a lot of his attention to the Internet not just because he liked technology, but also because “I found this community there.” Winter liked the idea of large numbers of anonymous users discussing a variety of topics in an anonymous space. “I found that really striking then. And it seemed like the beginning of something,” he said.
He was an early user of Napster. He criticized media companies and news outlets for exaggerating how many people used Napster for digital piracy. “Napster was a huge threat to the power structure,” Winter said.
Winter’s interest in technology, the Internet and privacy inspired him to make the 2012 documentary film Downloaded, about internet file sharing and Napster, and the 2015 film Deep Web, about the Silk Road, bitcoin, and the dark web.
Body Measurements: Height, Color, Size
Alex is decently tall with a height measuring 5 ft 7 inches 1.7 meters tall and weighs 76 kilos. His skin color is white, brown hair, and hazel eyes. He loves to keep himself fit and healthy. He is mostly seen in a shirt with a coat.
Alex Winter Net Worth
He is an English-born American actor, producer, and director who has a net worth of $8 million. Alex started generating his net worth from a very young age.
Alex Winter Movies And Tv Show
- The mid-1980s: NYU Sight & Sound Project (Short film) – Co-director with Tom Stern, an actor
- 1985: Squeal of Death (Short film) – Co-director with Tom Stern, producer, co-writer, actor, as Howie / various characters; aired on Night Flight and West Coast Cable
- 1985: Death Wish 3 — Actor, as Hermosa
- 1985: The Equalizer – Actor, as Jeffrey (1 episode: “Mama’s Boy”)
- 1987: The Lost Boys – Actor, as Marko
- 1987: Medium Rare – Actor, as Timmy (1 episode)
- 1988: Haunted Summer — Actor, as Dr. John William Polidori
- 1989: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Actor, as Bill S. Preston, Esq.
- 1989: Rosalie Goes Shopping — Actor, as Schatzi Greenspace
- 1989: Aisles of Doom (Short film) – Co-director with Tom Stern, co-writer, actor, as Grendel T.W. Ulcerous; aired on Night Flight and West Coast Cable
- 1989: Entering Texas a.k.a. Bar-B-Que Movie (Short film) – Co-director with Tom Stern, an actor as Mexican hitchhiker; part of Stuart S. Shapiro’s Impact Video Magazine
- 1989: Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground” (Music video) – Actor
- 1989: Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Knock Me Down” (Music video) – Actor, as Young Man
- 1990: Howie Meets the Ghost of Environmental Disasters Yet to Come (Short film) – Co-director with Tom Stern, actor; part of Nigel Dick-directed Save the Planet: A CBS/Hard Rock Cafe Special
- 1990: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures (TV series) – Actor, as Bill S. Preston, Esq. (voice) (13 episodes)
- 1991: The Idiot Box (TV series) – Co-director with Tom Stern, co-writer, actor (co-writer of 1 episode: “The Best of the Idiot Box”)
- 1991: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey — Actor, as Bill S. Preston, Esq. / Granny Preston/Evil Robot Bill
- 1991 or 1992: Meals on Wheels (Short film) – Co-director with Tom Stern, co-writer, actor; made for The Playboy Channel’s Inside Outlet night anthology series
- 1993: Freaked – Co-director with Tom Stern, co-writer, co-producer, actor, as Ricky Coogin
- 1993: Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the ’90s (TV movie) – Actor, as Stinx on Ice
- 1994: Brother Cane, “Hard Act to Follow” (Music video) – Actor
- 1997: The Borrowers — Actor, as TV Gangster
- 1999: Fever – Director, writer, actor, as subway passenger
- 2003: Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV series) – Director, various segments
- 2005: Dirty Famous (TV movie) – Director (1 episode: pilot)
- 2005-2007: The Andy Milonakis Show (TV series) – Director
- 2007: Ben 10: Race Against Time (TV movie) – Director, executive producer, actor, as Constantine Jacobs
- 2007: Bones (TV series) – Actor, as Monte Gold (1 episode: “The Girl in the Gator”)
- 2007: Saul of the Mole Men – Actor, as King Mole Man (voice) (5 episodes)
- 2009: Ben 10: Alien Swarm (TV movie) – Director, executive producer, voice actor, as Nanomech (voice)
- 2011: Blue Mountain State (TV series) – Director (2 episodes)
- 2011-2013: Supah Ninjas (TV series) – Director (5 episodes)
- 2012: Downloaded (Documentary on Napster and its community) – – Producer, director, writer
- 2012: Level Up (TV series) – Director (4 episodes)
- 2012: Robot Chicken (TV series) – Actor, as Bill S. Preston, Esq., Steve Burns (voice) (1 episode)
- 2013: Marvin Marvin (TV series) – Director (1 episode)
- 2013: Betas (TV series) – Director (1 episode)
- 2013: Grand Piano— Actor, as Assistant
- 2014: Maker Shack Agency (TV series) – Director (1 episode)
- 2015: Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and the Silk Road(Documentary) – – Producer, director, writer
- 2015: Alex Winter Live on the Crypto Show (Short film) – Writer
- 2015: Bella and the Bulldogs (TV series) – Director (1 episode)
- 2015: Kirby Buckets (TV series) – Director (2 episodes)
- 2015: Smosh: The Movie – Director, Actor as Uncle Keith
- 2016: Anyone Can Quantum (Short film) – Producer, director
- 2016: Quantum Is Calling (TV movie) – Producer, director
- 2016: Relatively Free (Documentary short on Barrett Brown) – Producer, director
- 2017: Trump’s Lobby (Documentary short) – Producer, director
- 2018: The Panama Papers (film) (Documentary) – Producer, director, writer
- 2018: Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain (Documentary) – Producer, director, writer
- 2018: Zappa (Documentary on Frank Zappa’s archives) – Producer, director, writer
- 2020: Bill & Ted Face the Music (pre-production) – Actor, as Bill S. Preston, Esq.