Date of Birth : Jul 17th 1965
He moved to New York in 1978 and began performing as an actor on and off Broadway. In 1983 he was accepted into the Film School at New York University (NYU). While at college, he met fellow aspiring filmmaker Tom Stern. The two collaborated on a number of 16mm short films and both graduated with honors.
As an actor, Winter spent many years on Broadway with supporting roles in productions of The King & I, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and the American premiere of Simon Gray’s Close of Play at the Manhattan Theater 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 major 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 dollar 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.