H.M. Wynant

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2/12/1927

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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 theater which included productions such as "As You Like It" with Katherine Hepburn, "Love of Four Colonels" starring Rex Harrison and Lillie 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". 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 include playing the lead role in "Karlaboy" a suspense ghost story written by, screenwriter Steve 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).