An English-born icon of 1980s teen cinema, Alex Winter first attracted attention as Marko, one of "The Lost Boys" (1987), a pack of sexy teen vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland. He broke through as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, one half of would-be rock band Wyld Stallyns with Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) in the "most righteous" time travel comedy smash "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989). So iconic and popular were the slacker characters and film, they spawned video games, cartoons and a boatload of merchandise. The darker sequel, "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991) proved less successful, and Winter focused his energy on creating and starring in the outrageous sketch comedy series "The Idiot Box" (MTV, 1990-91). Although short-lived, it convinced movie execs to let Winter write, direct and star in a feature film, the whacked-out cult oddity "Freaked" (1993). He took a hiatus from acting to focus on directing, lensing music videos for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube as well as multiple European commercials. Directing became his main career focus, and he helmed episodes of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (ABC, 2003- ) as well as the enormously successful live-action adaptations "Ben 10: Race Against Time" (Cartoon Network, 2007) and "Ben 10: Alien Swarm" (Cartoon Network, 2009). Beloved by a certain generation as a cultural touchstone, Alex Winter proved he possessed much more depth than being a likable teen leading man by showcasing his chameleonic creativity as a successful filmmaker on the international stage.