Alexander Ross Winter was born on July 17, 1965, and is an American-English actor and filmmaker. He played the slacker Bill in three films: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2000). He is best known for his role as Marko in the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys, as well as co-writing, co- directing, and starring in the 1993 film Freaked.
In 1989, he co-starred in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. In 1991, he starred in The Idiot Box, which was canceled after six seasons. He has also appeared in The King and I, The Lost Boys and Rosalie Goes Shopping. He is currently working on a film based on his book, "The Power of Three" 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. The film was never widely released, despite positive reviews from The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. It went on to become a cult favourite, through festivals, TV and DVD. 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. Winter's 2012 VH1 rock doc Downloaded earned worldwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings. In 2013, he had a role in the thriller Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, playing The Assistant. 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. 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. 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. 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. Winter is also an outspoken advocate for technology and privacy rights. Winter's interest in technology, the Internet and privacy inspired him to make the 2012 documentary film Downloaded. 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 was married to Sonya Dawson, with whom he had a son, born in 1998. The couple later divorced. In 2010, he married Ramsey Ann Naito, who he married in 2011. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He has a son with Dawson and a daughter with Naito. On February 2, 2018, Winter revealed that he was molested by an older man at age 13 while he was acting on Broadway. Winter refused to name his abuser, but revealed he is coping with PTSD since the incident, saying; "I had extreme PTSD for many, many years"
Winter was born in London, England. His mother, Margaret "Gregg" Mayer, is a New York-born American and former Martha Graham dancer. His father, Ross Albert Winter, is an Australian who danced with Winter's mother's troupe in the 1960s. When Winter was five, his family moved to Missouri, where his father ran the Mid-American Dance Company. Winter received training in dance as a child. He has an older brother named Stephen. His father has English ancestry and his mother is Jewish, of Ukrainian-Jewish descent. In 1978, Winter moved to the New York City area, where he and his mother lived in Montclair, New Jersey. During this time Winter began performing as an actor on and off Broadway, commuting into New York. The two divorced in 1973 and he moved back to St. Louis. In 1983, after graduating from Montclair High School, Winter 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 honours.
Movies & TV shows
In Search of Tomorrow
A nostalgic journey through '80s Sc-fi-films, exploring their impact and relevance today, was told by the artist who made them and by those who were inspired to turn their visions into reality.
In Search of Darkness: Part II
BigGER is the ultimate ‘80s horror retrospective. In Search of Darkness: Part II is a four-hour-plus sequel to the award-winning In Search of Darkness, adding 15 new interviews and 40+ returning favor...
Bill & Ted Face the Music
When a visitor from the future warns Bill and Ted that only their song can save lives, they set out on a new adventure to fulfill their rock and roll destiny. Along the way, they are helped by their d...
This is the definitive documentary project of Alex Winter documenting the life and career of Frank Zappa, with the help of more than 10,000 dedicated Zappa fans. Thousands of hours of painstakingly di...
A documentary chronicling the shared experiences of prominent former child stars and the personal and professional price of fame and failure on a child.
In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror
An exploration of '80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.
3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Eli Roth's History of Horror
An in-depth look at the pop cultural significance of horror films.
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction
Explore the evolution of sci-fi from its origins as a small genre with a cult following to the blockbuster pop-cultural phenomenon we know today. In each episode, James Cameron introduces one of the “...
The Panama Papers
A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.
In Los Angeles, on Halloween night, a hitman tries to transport a corpse in plain sight, but people he stumbles upon on the street, believing that his sophisticated appearance is a magnificent disguis...
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Hacktivist and blockchain expert Lauri Love fights extradition in TRUST MACHINE—his computer skills a threat to the US government. Tech innovators strike a raw nerve as banks and network pundits rush ...
Since the election of Donald Trump, there has been a continual flow of high level visitors to the penthouse apartment in Trump Tower. Their arrivals were turned into a media spectacle.
A short film following the release of journalist and activist Barrett Brown from prison, and his drive across Texas to a halfway house. 'Relatively Free' is an examination of Brown's return to a very ...
Quantum Is Calling
Zoe Saldana enlists the help of Stephen Hawking to solve a quantum riddle in order to get Simon Pegg’s cat back. This follows Paul Rudd’s epic quantum chess match with Stephen Hawking.
Anyone Can Quantum
The game is real and the stakes are high as the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Can Paul Rudd, an actor, beat Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds of our generation, in a game of chess...
Banking on Bitcoin
Not since the invention of the Internet has there been such a disruptive technology as Bitcoin. Bitcoin's early pioneers sought to blur the lines of sovereignty and the financial status quo. After yea...
Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century -- the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur convicted of being 'Dr...
Smosh: The Movie
An embarrassing video of Anthony surfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh dudes then race to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony's chances of reconnecting with his ...
1 Movie · 2 TV shows
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
After Jay Leno's second retirement from the program, Jimmy Fallon stepped in as his permanent replacement. After 42 years in Los Angeles the program was brought back to New York.
The Real History of Science Fiction
The series heads to the very frontiers of space and science to produce the definitive television history of science fiction, told through its impact on cinema, television and literature, with the help...
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
A documentary about the rise and fall of the Cannon Film Group, the legendary independent film company helmed by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.
Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.
Ben 10 Alien Swarm
Ben tenison is back in this all new Comedy Central, Movie, Based on the current Alien Force story. Alien swarm picks up with Ben 10 as a full fledged plumber but he's about to leave the ranks to do wh...
Ben 10: Race Against Time
"Ben 10: Race Against Time" has Ben back in his hometown of Bellwood. Even though he's back in school and leaving his hero adventures behind him, it seems that Ben will be facing his greatest challeng...
1 TV show
There is a doctor named Dr. Special Agent Seeley Booth uses the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab to help with murder investigations when the remains are so badly burned or destroyed that the standard i...
The normal-sized Lender family was secretly sharing a house with the four-inch-tall Clock family, which borrowed items such as thread, safety pins, batteries and scraps of food. When evil lawyer Ociou...
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's
Newswoman Fay Sommerfield takes a morally outraged look at excessive violence, bad language and sacrilege that pass for entertainment in the early 90s. She illustrates this with clips from (fake) curr...
A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
When De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicate of Bill and Ted to replace them, slackers Bill and Ted are once again involved in a fanciful adventure. The robot doubles are abl...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
Gorgon Video Magazine Vol. 2
Another low-budget horror documentary.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures is a 1990 spin-off animated television series following the misadventures of two time-travelling slackers as they travel into the distant past and future. It was base...
Impact Video Magazine
Counter-culture video magazine created by Stuart Shapiro, featuring Bill Hicks, Robert Williams, Public Enemy, Butthole Surfers, Survival Research Labs, and much more! Hosted by Alex Winter!
Aisles of Doom
In a town, there's a shop called the Plaza Discount Center, featuring toys of all kinds. It should be a place children love, and it would be save for its shopkeeper, Grendel T.W. Ulcerous. He's evil, ...
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
High school friends Bill and Ted are starting a band. They are about to fail their history class, which means Ted would be sent to military school, but they get help from a traveller from a future whe...
Rosalie Goes Shopping
Rosalie loves to shop too much to let a little thing like no money stop her. When the local shopkeepers no longer take her bad checks or bad credit cards, she's reduced to stealing from one family mem...
In this twisted spoof of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," a vacationing family encounters a communal group of cannibalistic misfits, played by legendary punk band Butthole Surfers. After drinking a hal...
Authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley (née Godwin) and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs, and sex. It is a fictionali...
Death of his wife's pet poodle and a threatening movie producer create a world of trouble for a middle-aged B-movie mogul. He hires two psychopathic goons to take care of it, which only creates more t...
The Lost Boys
A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town, but soon discover that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampire-like creatures. A couple of teenage fr...
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Death Wish 3
Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.
Squeal of Death
Absurd slapstick cartoon-like comedy about Howie, a scrawny kid pushed around by his slob dad and everyone else. He loves cinema and becomes obsessed with a gangster film. This pushes him over the edg...
Robert McCall is a former agent of a secret government agency who is now running his own private crime fighting operation where he fashions himself as "The Equalizer." It is a service for victims of t...
Making of Bill & Ted-The Most Triumphant Making of Documentary
The Bill & Ted phenomenon, films, and shows, as well as interviews, are featured in this look back.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey - Behind the scenes
You can take a look behind the scenes of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
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