37 (passed away May. 12th, 1972)
Aug. 7th, 1934
Jastrabie pri Michalovciach, Czechoslovakia
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Stefan Ihnat was a Slovak-born American actor and director. He immigrated to Canada when he was five years old, and later became a United States citizen.
Ihnat moved to the US in 1958 to pursue a career in acting and attended the Pasadena Playhouse. In 1959, he played a truck driver in with cargo hijackers in an episode of Highway Patrol. Ihnat guest-starred in many television series during the 1960s, including a mind-controlled lieutenant in the science fiction television series The Outer Limits in the two-part episode, "The Inheritors", (1964). In 1965, he guest starred in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Duplicate Case."
Ihnat held over seventy guest credits in such well known series as Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969) as the psychotic Garth of Izar and also two episodes of The Fugitive, entitled "Cry Uncle" and "The Walls of Night". Other credits include Blue Light ("Field of Dishonor"), Gunsmoke ("Exodus 21:22", "Jenny", and "Noose of Gold"), The Silent Force ("Take As Directed For Death"), Bonanza ("Dead and Gone", "A Dream to Dream" and "Terror at 2:00"), The Virginian ("Jed" and "Last Grave at Socorro Creek"), Mission: Impossible ("The Astrologer"), ("The Mind of Stefan Miklos"), Cimarron Strip ("The Hunted"), I Dream of Jeannie ("My Master the Rainmaker"), Mannix ("Huntdown", "End Game" and "To Draw the Lightning"), The F.B.I. ("Region of Peril" and "The Prey"), The Name of the Game ("The Chains of Command" and "Nightmare"), Medical Center ("Fright and Flight") and Perry Mason ("The Case of the Duplicate Case"). In 1971 Inhat was in Sweet, Sweet Rachel, a TV movie that formed the basis for the series The Sixth Sense.
From 1964 to 1968 he appeared in eight feature films. He often played villains, using his abilities to subtly turn one-dimensional characters into complex and multi-dimensional antagonists. In 1968, Lamont Johnson cast him in the film Kona Coast. Also in 1968, he memorably portrayed a murderous thug in the film Madigan, and a NASA administrator in the film Countdown. His other film credits included The Chase(1966), In Like Flint (1967), Hour of the Gun (1967), Zig Zag (1970), and Fuzz (1972).
- Ihnat became hooked on acting when he played a child role in an amateur theatre near Lynden, Ontario.
- His parents migrated from his native Czechoslovakia. Moved to Hollywood in 1958 from Canada.
- Ice-eyed, brown-haired, smooth-looking villain, mostly on US TV.
- He and his wife, 'Sally Carter-Ihnat' (qv), had a son and a daughter.
- Buried in the prestigious Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California. He is located in the Corridor of Memories near 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv).
- Moved to the United States in 1958 to pursue a career in acting and attended the Pasadena Playhouse. He took out United States citizenship and served in Korea.
- Raised on a farm in Lynden, Ontario. His family settled there after fleeing his native Czechoslovakia in 1939, when he was five. Ihnat, his mother, father and two young boys from other families left Czechoslovakia, three days before Prague was closed.
- Passed away on May 12, 1972, his wife's 30th birthday.
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