Alex Winter is an actor and filmmaker who began his career in 1978 as a child actor. Winter was at the height of his acting career during the late 1980s and throughout the 90s. Since the turn of the Millennium, he has put greater focus on his career as a director. Due to his success as both an actor and a director, Alex Winter’s net worth is now $8 million. Here is how he accrued his wealth.
His Early Life
Alex Winter was born in London on July 17, 1965, and he is the younger son of Margaret Mayer and Ross Albert Winter. Both Winter’s parents were dancers, so he trained as a dancer as a child. At the age of five, Winter and his family moved to Missouri, where his mother taught dance at Washington University in St. Louis, and his father ran the Mid-American Dance Company. His parents divorced in 1973. In his early teens, Winter and his mother moved to New Jersey, and Winter began performing on Broadway in New York City while continuing his education at Montclair High school. He later studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It was while he was at university that he met Tom Stern, who at that time was an aspiring filmmaker. Stern and Winter collaborated on two short films and graduated from university with honors.
Alex Winter’s Career
Winter began his career in his teens when he appeared in multiple Broadway productions, including ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘The King and I.’ He studied at the film school at New York University and then moved to Hollywood with Tom Stern when they graduated. The two collaborated on several projects, including music videos and short films. Alex Winter also continued to work as an actor and had small roles in films, including playing Hermosa in ‘Death Wish 3.’ He got his break in acting in 1987 when he landed the role of Marco in the teen black comedy horror film ‘The Lost Boys.’
However, he is probably best known for playing Bill S. Preston Esq. in the 1989 science fiction comedy film ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’. He reprised his role in the 1991 sequel ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’ and again in the 2020 film ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music.’ The 1990s was a successful and busy decade for Alex Winter, as he appeared on television and in films while also continuing to direct various productions. On television, he appeared in six episodes of ‘The Idiot Box’ in 1991, alongside Tom Stern, and both men co-directed the series. Winter also had a role in the 1993 television movie ‘Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90s.’
In films, he acted in and co-directed the short films ‘Meals on Wheels’ and ‘Howie Meets the Ghost of the Environmental Disasters Yet to Come.’ He also co-directed, co-wrote, and had a role in the 1993 film ‘Freaked.’ The films in which he appeared in the 1990s that he did not write or direct include ‘the Borrowers’ and ‘Fever.’ After the turn of the Millennium, Winter predominantly focused on directing. He directed multiple segments on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ in 2003, and in 2005, he directed ‘Dirty Famous.’ Winter then spent two years as the director of ‘The Andy Milonakis Show.’ Other series for which he has directed episodes include ‘Supah Ninjas,’ ‘Level Up,’ ‘Blue Mountain State,’ ‘Marvin Marvin,’ ‘Beta,’ ‘Maker Shack Agency,’ ‘Kirby Buckets,’ and Bella and the Buckets. Most recently, Winter directed and produced the 2016 television movie ‘Quantum Is Calling.’
Winter has also been active as a film director, although his focus is on documentary films rather than feature films. In 2012, he directed, wrote, and produced the documentary film ‘Downloaded,’ which is about the Napster community. Other documentary films he has directed include ‘Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and the Silk Road,’ ‘Anyone Can Quantum,’ ‘Relatively Free,’ ‘Trump’s Lobby,’ ‘Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain,’ ‘The Panama Papers,’ ‘Showbiz Kids,’ and Zappa.’ Since 2000, Winter has also appeared in various television series and TV movies. These include ‘Ben 10: Race Against Time,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘Saul of the Mole Men,’ ‘Ben 10: Alien Swarm,’ and ‘Robot Chicken.’ In 2013, he appeared in ‘Grand Piano,’ which was the first widely released film in which he had appeared since 1993. He then had a role in the 2015 film ‘Smosh: The Movie.’ He also appeared in the documentary films ‘In Search of Darkness’ and ‘In Search of Darkness: Part II.’
His Music Videos
Throughout his career, Alex Winter has acted in and directed multiple music videos. In 1989, he was involved in three music videos for the ‘Red hot Chilli Peppers.’ In the first, he was an actor, he co-directed and appeared in the second, and he directed the third. He also acted in the 1994 music video for the Brother Cane single ‘Hard Act to Follow.’ Winter directed music videos for many artists and groups during the 90s, including Ice Cube, Human Radio, Extreme, Ronny Jordan, Helmet, Bomb the Bass, Foetus, Axiom Funk, and Helmet. Most recently, Winter co-directed the concert DVD for the band Tabla Beat Science in 2003.
Alex Winter’s Net Worth
According to Super Stars Bio, Alex Winter’s net worth is $8 million. He has made some of his money from his work as an actor and some from his work as a director. He continues to work in the entertainment industry as both an actor and a director, so he has the potential to increase his net worth in the future.
His Personal Life
Alex Winter has been married twice. His first wife was Sonia Dawson, who he married in 1995. The couple had a son together in 1998 and later divorced. Winter’s second wife is animation producer Ramsey Ann Naito, who he married in 2010. The couple has two children together.