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David Winters is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 5 april 1939 at London (United-kingdom)

David Winters

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Birth name David Weizer
Nationality USA
Birth 5 april 1939 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 23 april 2019 (at 80 years)

David Winters (born April 5, 1939, London) is an English-born American actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, director and screenwriter. Winters participated in, directed and produced over 400 television series, television specials, and motion pictures. Of these, he has directed, produced and distributed over 50 films.

Biography

Early life and stage career
Winters was born David Weizer in London, England, the son of Jewish parents Sadie and Samuel Weizer. His family relocated to the United States in 1953. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1956. Winters began acting as a child, appearing in over 100 television roles and commercials including Rock,Rock,Rock! before appearing as Baby John in the original Broadway production of West Side Story. He was one of only three members to be cast in the film version (as A-Rab, Baby John's best friend). Following his role in West Side Story, Winters played "Yonkers" in Gypsy.


Choreography
Winters started teaching dance and his students included Teri Garr, who would go on to find success as an Academy Award-nominated actress. and Antonia Basilotta (better known as Toni Basil), who would also go on to be a noted choreographer (and became widely known for the 1980s song "Mickey"). Winters would give his students acting and dancing roles in most of the movies and projects he choreographed and they would become known as David Winters and his dancers.



Winters went on to appear as a regular singer/dancer and choreographer on the hit variety series Hullabaloo (1965), expanding his previous role on the earlier Shindig! (1964). Under Luigi, he was in dance class with Elliott Gould. He guest-starred on the 1967 Nancy Sinatra special Movin' with Nancy, which featured his choreography and dancing, and which earned him his first Emmy Award nomination. He would later team up with regular Hullabaloo director Steve Binder to choreograph dance numbers for the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.



Winters also choreographed many major films, including four Elvis Presley movies. and later, Barbra Streisand's version of A Star Is Born (1976).

Winters often choreographed the productions in which he danced. He was nominated for a Special Achievement in Choreography Emmy in 1967, which was unusual in that choreography was not a category that year. He choreographed and directed two episodes of The Monkees. Former Monkee Michael Nesmith went on to be a pioneer in American music videos.

In 1970 Winters teamed up with Raquel Welch and Tom Jones, John Wayne, and Bob Hope for Raquel!, a television special. Bob Mackie designed costumes in production numbers of songs from the era, and guest performances, including John Wayne and Bob Hope in the wild West, made the show well received by critics. Winters also choreographed the 1970s roller disco cult classic Roller Boogie.


Acting
Winters appeared in episodes of several popular dramatic and variety shows. In 1963 he guest starred on Perry Mason as title character and murder victim Chick Montana in "The Case of the Devious Delinquent". He appeared on The Milton Berle Show, Suspense, Shindig!, Hullabaloo and Lux Video Theatre as well as in specials as a dancer. He was interviewed and appears in the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat, discussing his two year-affair with porn actress Linda Lovelace. He also made an appearance in Linda Lovelace for President. Other feature films in which Winters has appeared include The Last Horror Film (1982), Welcome 2 Ibiza (2002) and Blackbeard (2006).


Directing
In the late 1960s Winters began directing, beginning with two episodes of The Monkees. He also directed Paul Newman in Once Upon a Wheel, Kirk Douglas in the television adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as the film version of the successful Alice Cooper tour Welcome to my Nightmare (he also served as producer). In the 1980s he produced, directed, wrote and co-starred in The Last Horror Film (1982), which he filmed during the Cannes Film Festival and which went on to win numerous awards including the Paris Film Festival Award, the Los Angeles Golden Scroll Award and the Sitges Film Festival Award.

Winters' 1986 film Thrashin' remains a seminal piece of work in the board sport industry two decades after its initial release.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 chose Winters' 1988 film Space Mutiny as its target for a November 1997 episode. It is available in that series' home video collection (Volume 4), and runs ten minutes shorter than the original due to the deletion of some Battlestar Galactica footage.


Producing
Winters' producing career began in 1966, when he co-produced Lucy in London, starring Lucille Ball (who was also the executive producer), Anthony Newley and the Dave Clark Five and that was sponsored by Monsanto Company.
In 1971 Winters directed and produced Once Upon a Wheel, an ABC television documentary on the history of auto racing starring and hosted by Paul Newman and co-starring Mario Andretti, Kirk Douglas, Hugh Downs, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, Dick Smothers and many others. Coca-Cola sponsored the show.

In the 1970s, he won a Peabody Award for producing the 1972 NBC special The Timex All Star Swing Festival. In 1975 he produced the soft-core film Linda Lovelace for President and Young Lady Chatterly. Winters' two-year affair with Lovelace has been linked to her desire for a Vegas career. In 1978, in a jam-packed Universal Amphitheatre (now the Gibson Amphitheatre), fans of Diana Ross were treated to a concert spectacular, conceived and executed by Winters.



1986 was a turning point for Winters. After being overruled on a casting decision for Thrashin', Winters made the professional decision to control all aspects of future projects. Josh Brolin was ultimately cast, but Winters' choice was a pre-21 Jump Street Johnny Depp.

The 1991 film Raw Nerve featured Glenn Ford (in his last film role) with Jan-Michael Vincent, Sandahl Bergman and former porn actress Traci Lords.

In 1994 Winters cast Stacy Keach, David Keith, Robert Hays, and Pamela Anderson in Raw Justice. The film, under the alternate title Good Cop, Bad Cop, won the Bronze Award at the Worldfest-Charleston in the category for dramatic theatrical films. Winters' comedy Welcome 2 Ibiza (2002) won the Bangkok Film Festival Audience Award in November 2002.


Winters' production companies

Action International Pictures was organized by Winters with partners David A. Prior and Peter Yuval in 1986, the same year as the Thrashin' incident. Winters bought out his partners in AIP in 1992 and re-branded it as West Side Studios. In 2004 their Equator Films purchased HandMade Films. His current American production entity is known as Alpha Beta Films International.

In Thailand, Winters is building a large movie studio with acclaimed film director Oliver Stone, which has been dubbed by the press Ollywood.


Notoriety
Winters came forward with alternate theories about the death of his friend David Carradine
Eccentric Cinema was quoted as saying about Winters' Space Mutiny:"Quite possibly the worst science fiction/space adventure film made in English... Even the horrendously bad Shape Of Things To Come (1979) can't aspire to such depths of total putrescence. I speak of the notorious Made-In-South Africa Space Mutiny".

Usually with

David A. Prior
David A. Prior
(10 films)
Ted Prior
Ted Prior
(5 films)
Joe Spinell
Joe Spinell
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of David Winters (29 films)

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Actor

Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear (2012)
, 1h33
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Sports films
Actors Kim Kold, David Winters, Barbara Zatler, Patrick Johnson
Roles Scott
Rating70% 3.5477853.5477853.5477853.5477853.547785
Despite his physique, Dennis (Kim Kold), a thirty-eight-year-old Danish bodybuilder, has never had a girlfriend and lives with his elderly mother, Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft), in a small town outside Copenhagen. On arriving home from a date gone south, Dennis undergoes his mother's interrogation on his whereabouts. He fabricates a story about going to the movies which hints at a possessiveness on her part that makes it difficult for him to form relationships. Things appear even more bleak when his uncle, Bent (Allan Mogensen), marries a younger woman from Thailand, making Dennis feel even more hopeless about his situation.
Blackbeard
Blackbeard (2006)
, 2h49
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Angus Macfadyen, Richard Chamberlain, Jessica Chastain, Stacy Keach, Rachel Ward, David Winters
Roles Silas Bridges
Rating56% 2.8125052.8125052.8125052.8125052.812505
The 18th century notorious pirate Blackbeard (Angus Macfadyen) wreaks havoc on the high-seas looking for Captain Kidd's treasure. His dark presence causes controversy in the local port town of New Providence, especially among Gov. Charles Eden (Richard Chamberlain) and his adopted daughter Charlotte (Jessica Chastain), who is being wooed by Lt. Robert Maynard (Mark Umbers).
Inside Deep Throat, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical, Pornographic
Themes Films about films, Politique, Films about sexuality, Films about pornography, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Political films, Documentary films about films
Actors Dennis Hopper, Peter Bart, Warren Beatty, John Waters, Tony Bill, Gore Vidal
Rating66% 3.3497453.3497453.3497453.3497453.349745
Considéré comme le film le plus rentable de tous les temps, Gorge profonde fut bien plus qu'une curiosité pour adultes et une réussite financière. Sorti en 1972, au moment où les Etats-Unis découvraient les mouvements pour la libération sexuelle et les valeurs de la contre-culture, ce film au contenu sexuellement explicite déclencha une tempête sociale et politique sans précédent. Gorge profonde devint un phénomène culturel majeur, dont l'impact se ressent encore aujourd'hui. Plus de trente ans après les scandales provoqués par ce classique du cinéma porno, le documentaire Inside Deep throat examine l'incroyable abîme entre les modestes intentions des créateurs du film et l'héritage qu'ils ont involontairement laissé.
Welcome 2 Ibiza, 1h35
Directed by David Winters
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Mackenzie Astin, Gary Busey, Bárbara Elorrieta, David Winters
Roles Uncle Sam
Rating49% 2.4991352.4991352.4991352.4991352.499135
Lauren (Athena Cansino), a young woman from America, learns that her Uncle Sam (director David Winters) has been missing at sea, and that as a result she inherits his beach bar on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. When she arrives, she meets Angelito, a young handsome artist. They go to the bar, only to find it in terrible shape.
The Last Horror Film, 1h27
Directed by David Winters
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Caroline Munro, Susanne Benton, Joe Spinell, David Winters, Susanne Benton, Filomena Spagnuolo
Roles Stanley Kline
Rating56% 2.8026052.8026052.8026052.8026052.802605
Vinny Durand (Joe Spinell) is a New York City taxi driver who is obsessed with the international cult actress Jana Bates (Caroline Munro), who is known as the "queen of horror films". Vinny returns home to his apartment where he lives with his mother (played by Joe Spinell's real life mother), where he tells her that he's packing to go to the Cannes Film Festival in France hoping to meet Jana Bates and get her to star in his movie as his career start of being a film director. But his mother calls it just another one of his "crazy ideas."
West Side Story, 2h32
Directed by Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Crime, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Romeo and Juliet, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Gangster films
Actors Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Marni Nixon, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
Roles A-Rab
Rating74% 3.748833.748833.748833.748833.74883
In the West Side's Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan, there is tension between an Anglo gang, the Jets, led by Riff, and a Puerto Rican gang of immigrants, the Sharks, led by Bernardo. After a brawl erupts ("Prologue"), Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke arrive and break it up, warning both gangs to cease fighting or pay. Despite the warning, the Jets decide to challenge the Sharks to a rumble for neighborhood control at an upcoming dance.
The Last Angry Man, 1h40
Directed by Daniel Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer, Luther Adler, Joby Baker, Joanna Moore
Roles Lee Roy (uncredited)
Rating70% 3.5400753.5400753.5400753.5400753.540075
As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Dr. Sam Abelman (Paul Muni) is a testy old man who faces life without compromise and Woodrow Thrasher (David Wayne) is a troubled television executive fighting to preserve his career.

Director

Dancin': It's On!, 1h29
Directed by David Winters
Origin USA
Themes Dance films, Musical films

The film is about two young lovers from different worlds who find a common bond in their love of dance, and who ultimately work together to win a major dance competition. Jennifer, a junior in high school from Beverly Hills, falls in love with the handsome young Ken, who works at her father’s beach-front hotel in Panama City, Florida. While preparing for the competition, they must overcome scheming dance partners, a meddling father and their own doubts in order for their love – and their chances at winning – to prevail.
Welcome 2 Ibiza, 1h35
Directed by David Winters
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Mackenzie Astin, Gary Busey, Bárbara Elorrieta, David Winters
Rating49% 2.4991352.4991352.4991352.4991352.499135
Lauren (Athena Cansino), a young woman from America, learns that her Uncle Sam (director David Winters) has been missing at sea, and that as a result she inherits his beach bar on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. When she arrives, she meets Angelito, a young handsome artist. They go to the bar, only to find it in terrible shape.
Space Mutiny, 1h33
Directed by David Winters
Origin South africa
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Horror, Romance
Themes Space adventure films, Films about music and musicians, Dans l'espace, Musical films, Space opera
Actors Reb Brown, Cisse Cameron, Cameron Mitchell, John Phillip Law
Rating21% 1.0569551.0569551.0569551.0569551.056955
The Southern Sun is a generation ship, or a spacefaring vessel that contains a large number of people, whose mission is to colonize a new world. Its voyage has lasted generations, so many of its inhabitants have been born and will die without ever setting foot on solid ground. This does not please the antagonist, Elijah Kalgan, who conspires with the pirates infesting the nearby Corona Borealis system and the ship’s Chief Engineer MacPhearson. Kalgan hatches a plot to disrupt the Southern Sun’s navigation systems and use the Enforcers, the ship’s police force, to hijack the ship and direct it towards this system. At this point, the inhabitants of the Southern Sun will have no choice but to accept his "generosity".
Thrashin'
Thrashin' (1986)
, 1h29
Directed by David Winters
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Musical films
Actors Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler, Pamela Gidley, Chuck McCann, Brooke McCarter, Josh Richman
Rating66% 3.34883.34883.34883.34883.3488
Cory Webster is an amateur skateboarder from out of town staying in Los Angeles with friends in hopes of competing and winning a downhill competition for which he has been training. During his stay in LA, he falls for a beautiful blonde named Chrissy, who just happens to be the younger sister of Hook, the leader of "The Daggers", a tough punk rock skateboard gang in the Los Angeles/Venice Beach areas. Chrissy is not a Dagger herself but has come from her home in Indiana to stay with her brother in L.A. for the summer.
The Last Horror Film, 1h27
Directed by David Winters
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Caroline Munro, Susanne Benton, Joe Spinell, David Winters, Susanne Benton, Filomena Spagnuolo
Rating56% 2.8026052.8026052.8026052.8026052.802605
Vinny Durand (Joe Spinell) is a New York City taxi driver who is obsessed with the international cult actress Jana Bates (Caroline Munro), who is known as the "queen of horror films". Vinny returns home to his apartment where he lives with his mother (played by Joe Spinell's real life mother), where he tells her that he's packing to go to the Cannes Film Festival in France hoping to meet Jana Bates and get her to star in his movie as his career start of being a film director. But his mother calls it just another one of his "crazy ideas."