David Winters Tribute Site

Citizen of the World

 

David Winters was born in London, England. After moving to the United States he became a child actor and appeared in 150 television shows and 12 Broadway shows on the New York stage. One of these Broadway shows was West Side Story. Mr. Winters was then brought to Hollywood to play the part of A-Rab in the motion picture version of West Side Story. That motion picture went on to win 10 Academy Awards and became a classic.

 

It was during this time that David teamed up with the now famous Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkle) in a singing duo that went by the name of David Winters and the West Siders. David and Paul wrote all of their own material, played all of the instruments on their recordings and sang all of the voices too.

 

In Hollywood Mr. Winters opened up a dancing school and taught such famous actors as Ann-Margret, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, etc. He became Elvis Presley's choreographer and at a very young age he choreographed five Elvis Presley movies, including Viva Las Vegas, six with Ann-Margret and many other major studio productions including the highly acclaimed Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristoferson film A Star Is Born.

During this time David also appeared as a guest star on the Nancy Sinatra Special with Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra and Dean Martin for which he received his first Emmy nomination for excellence in television. David appeared as a guest star and choreographed Grace Kelly's Monaco with Princess Grace Kelly, and as a regular dancer and singer on the famous NBC TV Rock & Roll series Hullabaloo.

For excellence in television David has won the coveted Peabody Award, Christopher Award, three World Television Awards and six Emmy nominations.

After this he choreographed and directed the 2nd Unit on the film The Island of Doctor Moreau starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York. Mr. Winters then set his sights on producing and directing. His first directing job was the Emmy winning TV series The Monkees.

n all, Mr. Winters has produced and directed over 200 television shows and TV movies that include: Once Upon A Wheel starring Paul Newman, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Kirk Douglas, Raquel starring Raquel Welch, Bob Hope and John Wayne, The London Bridge starring Tom Jones and Elliot Gould, The Ann-Margret Show starring Ann-Margret, Dean Martin and Lucille Ball, Rolling On The River starring Kenny Rogers, Timex All-Star Swing Festival starring Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman.

Mr. Winters then teamed up with Diana Ross and staged and created for Diana the famous two World Tours culminating with a command performance for president Ronald Reagan at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House. David and Diana also worked together on two Diana Ross TV Specials, after which he created, directed and choreographed the Alice Cooper rock spectacular World Tour and motion picture Welcome to My Nightmare.

His next production was the motion picture Fanatic or the Last Horror Film which David produced, directed, wrote, and co-starred. For this film he won the Paris Film Festival Award, the Los Angeles Golden Scroll Awards, the Sitges Film Festival Award, and a nomination by the Hollywood Academy of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror as the best international film of the year - only to lose out to Mel Gibson's The Road Warrior.

Following this, Mr. Winters partnered with John Peters and Peter Guber to produce the video program, Yoga Moves with Universal/MCA, and with Playboy Magazine for the CBS videos of Girls of Rock 'N' Roll.

Mr. Winters then decided to place all of his energy into independent motion pictures. He produced and directed Thrashin', a modern West Side Story on skateboards. He originally cast an unknown at the time, Johnny Depp, as the lead, but the investors would not accept Mr. Depp. For the soundtrack of Thrashin' he first introduced such unknown rock bands as Meatloaf, The Bangles, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and All The Fine Young Cannibals. Every group went on to have No.1 worldwide hits. The Red Hot Chili Peppers appear in the film in a live musical sequence.

In the next 8 years, David produced, directed and distributed 46 films. One of these, Night Trap, won the first prize Golden Award at the Houston World Fest International Film Festival. The film stars Robert Davi, Michael Ironside, Lesley-Ann Down, and Academy Award nominee Margaret Avery.

Good Cop Bad Cop Starring Pamela Anderson, David Keith, Robert Hays and Stacy Keach, won the bronze award at the Charleston Film Festival.

Other films include: Firehead starring three times Academy Award nominee and winner Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer; Raw Nerve starring Glenn Ford and Tracy Lords; Centre of the Web starring Tony Curtis, Charlene Tilton and Robert Davi; Double Threat starring Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland.

His film The Dangerous has a cast that includes John Savage, Michael Pare, Elliot Gould, Joel Grey, Robert Davi and Cary Tagawa, between them responsible for 3 Academy Award nominations and one winner.

In Romania he filmed the pilot for Star School, a unique musical television series. Star School won the coveted first prize at the prestigious Montreaux Television Festival.

Mr. Winters is also currently a major stock holder in Equator Films, an English Prod/Distrib. company listed on the U.K. Stock Exchange. It boasts a Theatrical Star Studded film library of 100 films that includes Time Bandits, The Long Good Friday, Runaway Train, Mona Lisa, and such stars as Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Denzel Washington, Madonna, Jodie Foster, Michael Cain, Sean Penn, Jon Voight, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc.

Other films that he produced and/or directed include Welcome 2 Ibiza, an action comedy starring Gary Busey for his new company Alpha Beta Films International. The film won The Audience Award for Best Picture at the Bangkok Film Festival; and The Kingmaker which was selected as the opening night feature at the FICTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  There were 80 films from 22 countries. The Kingmaker, starring Gary Stretch and John Rhys-Davies was awarded the SILVER TEN AWARD as Outstanding Film in the category of Feature Fiction

 

Winters sees a great future in the British/European/Asian entertainment industry and spends a great deal of time traveling between these continents. Although he holds both U.S.A. and British citizenship, he proclaims to being a citizen of the world.