In 1989 actor Alex Winter starred as the dim-witted teenage metalhead Bill S. Preston, Esq. in the beloved time-travel comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. It made him a star and he returned two years later for the sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. However, Winter would only act in a handful of films after this, and he disappeared from our screens for several reasons – one of which was particularly heartbreaking.
We’ll return to why Winter decided to walk away from Hollywood later, but first let’s discover a little more about the hugely popular Bill & Ted franchise. As many of us know, Winter’s collaboration with co-star Keanu Reeves turned out to be one of the most enduring Hollywood duos for fans of a certain generation. And the movie, which was directed by Stephen Herek and written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, presented two naive California teenagers on the most bizarre of missions.