Birth Date: February 12, 1927 / Age: 86
Also Credited as: Haim Winant
Biography: H.M. Wynant's many faceted career began at the tender age of nineteen when he left his hometown of Detroit, Michigan after having attended Wayne State University for just two years. He arrived in New York City with only $125.00 in his pocket and a lot of ambition. Jerry Robbins hired him on the spot at Wynant's first audition; an open call for the Broadway Musical "High Button Shoes" starring Eddie Foy. H.M. was working as a draftsman and told Robbins that he had to go to work the next day, Robbins said, "Then quit!" Thus began a career in theatre which included productions such as "As You Like It" with Katharine Hepburn, "Love of Four Colonels" starring Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, "Venus Observed" directed by 'Laurence Oliver' , "The Sound of Music" with Shirley Jones and "Teahouse of the August Moon" starring David Wayne and John Forsythe. These performances garnered him many outstanding reviews and led to a prolific motion picture and television career. In 1956, RKO Studios cast Wynant, based on his theatrical reputation, sight unseen in a co-starring role of Crazy Wolf in the western, Run of the Arrow (1957). In those days, he was know as Haim Weiner, which was his given name. He went from one name change of Haim Winant in New York, which was changed again by producer Samuel Fuller to H.M. Wynant, as he was known from then on. Wynant was true to form as a wild Indian and performed many of his own stunts. A budding film career ensued. In addition to his theatrical career in New York and his film career in Hollywood, he became part of television history by appearing in many live, dramatic television shows. Recently, Wynant's Los Angeles stage performances included playing the lead role in "Karlaboy", a suspense ghost story written by screenwriter Steven Peros. Jules Aaron directed him in "The Sister's Rosensweig" and in "Philadelphia Story" and he continues his work in film, television, commercials, radio and voiceovers. H.M. is the proud father of three grown boys who also have successful show business careers, Billy Winant, a Professor and avant-garde percussionist, Scott Winant, an Emmy Winning Producer and Director, and Bruce Winant, an actor and singer on Broadway, as well as film and television. H.M. lives in Southern California with his wife, Paula, and their young daughter, Pasha (born in 2000).