Steve Ihnat

Steve Ihnat wanted an escape from the dreariness of farm life and, after participating in a local play, decided that acting was his ticket out of Canada. He moved to the United States in 1958 and enlisted in the Army ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1934

Filmography

Actor (13)

Hunter 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

Detective Parker (Actor)

The D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Zigzag 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

Countdown 1968 (Movie)

Ross (Actor)

Madigan 1968 (Movie)

Barney Benesch (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Andy Warshaw (Actor)

In Like Flint 1967 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Archie (Actor)

Brainstorm 1965 (Movie)

Intern (Actor)

Sweet, Sweet Rachel (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole World Is Watching (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

The Honkers 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Steve Ihnat wanted an escape from the dreariness of farm life and, after participating in a local play, decided that acting was his ticket out of Canada. He moved to the United States in 1958 and enlisted in the Army for a two-year stint in South Korea, where he placed second in a local poetry contest. Upon his return to the United States in the early '60s, he landed numerous minor TV roles, most notably appearing as a jealous detective in the New Orleans drama "Passion Street United States", also known as "Bourbon Street". In 1964, he landed a breakout role on the sci-fi anthology series "The Outer Limits" as Lieutenant Philip Minns, an Army officer who gains extraordinary powers after being wounded from a meteorite bullet. Ihnat's calm, powerful performance launched his career as a TV character actor; he appeared in memorable roles in everything from prime-time western dramas ("Rawhide", "Daniel Boone") to gritty crime series ("The F.B.I.", "Mannix"). Many of his best roles found him portraying complex villains; he appeared as a cunning Soviet Union intelligence agent in the action adventure series "Mission: Impossible" and guest-starred on "Star Trek" as the brilliant but insane ship captain Garth of Izar. In 1970, Ihnat wrote, directed, and starred in the largely-improvised boxing drama "Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring". Shortly before his death, he wrote and directed the western action film "The Honkers", starring James Coburn as a self-absorbed, past-his-prime rodeo champion looking for one last ride.

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