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Alex Winter

Alex Winter

Jul. 17th, 1965
Born in
London, England, UK
5' 7

Alex Winter's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990) TV Show
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990)
The Real History of Science Fiction (UK) TV Show
The Real History of Science Fiction (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Alex Winter was born in London to two modern dancers, and he himself received dance training as a child. While still a youth, he relocated with his family to St. Louis, Missouri, where he studied improvisation. He made his Broadway debut in "The King and I" and spent the next several years on stage while studying film (writing and editing) at New York University. Upon graduating, he took his first major film role, in the cult vampire movie The Lost Boys (1987). But it was two years later that he landed the role for which he's most famous for - that of Bill S. Preston, Esq., who with his buddy Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) traveled through time in the cult comedy classic Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). The film was a huge success, spawning two television series and a well-received sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991). In 1993, Winter co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the outrageous, critically praised comedy Freaked (1993). He currently divides his time between New York and London, where he directs television commercials and music videos. In 1999, he wrote and directed the critically acclaimed thriller Fever (1999), which made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Moved from London to St. Louis when he was 5. There his father, Ross, ran the Mid-American Dance Company, the Midwest's largest modern dance troupe, and his mother, Gregg Mayer, taught dance at Washington University. He has a brother named Stephen.
  • Son Leroy, born 1998.
  • When trying out for the parts of Bill and Ted, each actor was paired up with another. 'Keanu Reeves' (qv) and Alex Winter were paired up, Reeves trying out for the part of Bill while Winter trying out for the part of Ted. They were cast opposite what they tried out for.
  • Attended film school at New York University with 'Tom Stern (I)' (qv). They became good friends and have collaborated on several film projects.
  • Appeared in a couple of Broadway musical productions as a teenager. He was a replacement son Louis in 'Yul Brynner' (qv)'s revival of "The King and I" in 1978 and the following year played young John Darling in "Peter Pan" starring 'Sandy Duncan' (qv).
  • Graduated from Montclair Highschool in 1983. There he attended the school of performing arts.
  • He studied Film at college in New York City and starred in a number of plays whilst still a student.
  • Made his musical stage debut at age 10 in the St. Louis Opera production of "Oliver!" starring 'Vincent Price (I)' (qv) as Fagin. Alex played one of the urchins.

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