Alex Winter

Alex Winter

Highest Rated: 100% The Panama Papers (2018)

Lowest Rated: 11% Death Wish 3 (1985)

Birthday: Jul 17, 1965

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Alex Winter found early fame as one half of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) before later finding acclaim as a documentary filmmaker. Born in London, the son of professional dancers, he moved with his mother to the United States as a child. After his family relocated to the New York area while he was in his early teens, he began acting in stage productions both on and off Broadway. He attended New York University's famed film school and then relocated to Los Angeles to continue his acting career. He made his screen debut in the Charles Bronson action film "Death Wish 3" (1985). A role as one of Kiefer Sutherland's gang of vampires in "The Lost Boys" (1987) brought Winter to the attention of a larger audience. He stepped up to a starring role when he teamed with Keanu Reeves for "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." The dimwitted pairs' time-traveling romp connected with audiences and was a hit. The film spawned a sequel, "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991), as well as an animated series, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (CBS, 1990), that saw Winter reprising his role as Bill S. Preston. Outside of the franchise, he also starred in the comedy "Rosalie Goes Shopping" (1989). As his acting career slowed, he turned increasingly towards directing. He had directed the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Taste the Pain" in 1989, and made his feature debut with "Freaked" (1993). He continued directing music videos throughout the '90s, before writing and directing the drama "Fever" (1999), starring Henry Thomas. He moved into directing television, including the TV movies "Ben 10: Race Against Time" (2007) and "Ben 10: Alien Swarm" (2009). He started down a different path when he directed the documentary "Downloaded" (VH1, 2013) about the music file-sharing software Napster. His next effort "Deep Web" (Epix, 2015), exploring the Internet's so-called "Dark Web," earned him critical praise. A pair of short-form documentaries followed; "Relatively Free" (2016), about the prison release of journalist Barrett Brown, and "Trump's Lobby" (2017), which looked at Donald Trump's transition into the presidency. Winters earned a new level of acclaim with his documentary "The Panama Papers" (Epix, 2018), telling the story of the work by journalists around the world to uncover a global financial conspiracy. He continued gaining notice as a documentarian with "Trust Machine" (2018), which explored the rise of cryptocurrency. The filmmaker also partnered with the estate of Frank Zappa to for a documentary on the life of the musician. Winters never completely left acting, frequently appearing in small roles in his non-documentary directing efforts, and joining Elijah Wood and John Cusack in the thriller "Grand Piano" (2013).


Highest Rated Movies



82% 70% Bill & Ted Face the Music Bill (Character),
Executive Producer
$3.4M 2020
96% 72% Zappa Director,
$14.4K 2020
96% 75% Showbiz Kids Director - 2020
100% 86% The Panama Papers Director,
- 2018
No Score Yet 0% The Body The Voice (Voice) - 2018
90% 83% Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain Director,
- 2018
79% 72% Deep Web Director,
- 2015
No Score Yet 42% SMOSH: The Movie! Director - 2015
79% 47% Grand Piano Assistant (Character) $22.4K 2013
71% 65% Downloaded Director,
$8.3K 2013
No Score Yet 47% Ben 10: Alien Swarm Nanomech (Voice),
Executive Producer
- 2009
No Score Yet 47% Ben 10: Race Against Time Director - 2007
57% 35% Fever Director,
$4.1K 1999
47% 65% Freaked Ricky Coogan (Character),
$14.2K 1993
57% 56% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Bill/Granny Preston (Character) $38M 1991
56% 66% Rosalie Goes Shopping Schatzi Greenspace (Character) $10.5K 1989
81% 75% Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Character) $39.1M 1989
76% 85% The Lost Boys Marko (Character) $31.7M 1987
11% 54% Death Wish 3 Hermosa (Character) $15.9M 1985


No Score Yet 52% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oral History Guest 2020
No Score Yet 48% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet 38% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2020
85% 85% Betas Director 2013
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2012
90% 82% Bones Monte Gold (Guest Star) 2007
60% No Score Yet Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures Bill S. Preston Esq. (Voice) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1985


Bill S. Preston says: We're in danger of flunking most heinously tomorrow, Ted.

Marko says: i dont know, where are we paul

Marko says: I don't know. What's going on, Paul?

Bill S. Preston / Evil Bill / Granny Preston says: [Dead Bill] Ted?

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: [Dead Ted] What?

Bill S. Preston / Evil Bill / Granny Preston says: [Dead Bill] Don't "Fear the Reaper"! [both of them do an air guitar]

Grim Reaper says: I heard that.

Bill S. Preston says: Okay, wait, if we were one of Europe's greatest leaders, and we were stranded in San Dimas for one day, where would we go?

Bill S. Preston says: [pause, then with Ted] Waterloo!

Bill S. Preston says: You ditched Napoleon!

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: Deacon, do you realize you have just stranded one of Europe's greatest leaders in San Dimas?

Deacon says: He was a dick.

Evil Duke says: Put them in the iron maiden.

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: Iron Maiden?

Bill S. Preston says: [With Ted] Excellent! [both play air guitar]

Evil Duke says: Execute them.

Bill S. Preston says: [With Ted] Bogus!

Bill S. Preston says: It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you a gentleman we picked up in medieval Mongolia in the year 1269.

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: Please welcome, the very excellent barbarian...

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: [with Bill] ...MR. GENGHIS KHAN! [All the students applaud wildly for Khan]

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: This is a dude who, 700 years ago, totally ravaged China, and who, we were told, 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Oshman's Sporting Goods.

Bill S. Preston says: Be excellent to each other!

Bill S. Preston says: You killed Ted, you Midieval dickweed!

Bill S. Preston says: You killed Ted, you medieval dickweed!

Bill S. Preston says: Excellent!