Mostly Credited As: Hal Dewindt
Date Of Birth: April 10, 1933 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York, New York
Date Of Death: June 16, 1997
Cause Of Death: complications from cancer
Hal De Windt, was born in New York City on April 10th 1933 in New York City
He began his acting career in the play "Golden Boy". During a performance he was spotted by an editor from Ebony Magazine and was chosen as the first male model for the now famous "Ebony Fashion Fair". After five years of saving, he had enough money to concentrate on his acting lessons. Sidney Poitier, Lloyd Richards, Lee Strasberg and Frank Silvera were his instructors.
In his off time he played baseball with the Negro Actors Guild, studied Martial Arts and loved the outdoors.
Dad directed over fifty plays, wrote plays and screenplays, co-authored “Kill, Bubba, Kill” with Bubba Smith, adapted novels for television, was associate producer on many Hollywood movies and acted in and directed many television series.
Following modeling work for Ebony and Jet magazines and Duke Hair care products from 1958 to 1962, our father was..
-The Production Stage Manager at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1962
-Stage Manager of the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City from 1963 to 1969
-Made guest appearances in 1968 in Get Smart (Agent Novak in “The Worst Best Man”)
and in The Wild, Wild West (Taro in “The Night of the Undead”)
-In 1970, Dad was an Assistant Producer on the films The Angel Levine and The Landlord
-Artistic Director of the Inner City Repertory Company in Los Angeles from 1970 to 1973
(The Inner City Repertory Company was a multicultural arts force with the mission of promoting theater of color by creating a workspace for actors, playwrights, directors and producers.
-Producer at The Dance at The Theatre of Harlem in New York City in 1974
-In 1975 he directed several episodes of William Shatner’s Barbary Coast, western/spy drama
-Production manager of the New York Philharmonic with 'Leonard Bernstein' from 1974 to 1977
-In 1978 he was an Associate Producer on the films Youngblood (Lawrence Hilton Jacobs movie that proceeded Rob Lowe’s) and A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich
-Assistant Vice President at Paramount Television from 1977 to 1979
-Director of Development for New Ventures at Universal Studios from 1983 to 1986
-And in 1987 he was the Creative Consultant for the 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards
Hal was also the Stage Director of -
"The Candidate”; "A Raisin In the Sun"; "Slow Dance on a Killing Ground"; "West Side Story";
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf"; "Happy Ending/Day of Absence"’ "Macbeth";
"A Midsummer's Night Dream"; "A View from the Bridge"; "A Streetcar Named Desire";
"Purlie Victorious"; "The Zoo Story"; "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; "Take a Giant Step"; "The Seagull"; "William Five"; and "The Sisters"
Hal taught stage craft and acting at:
Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles; California State University, in Northridge;
Negro Ensemble Company, in New York City (where he also served as - Director of Training); Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York; The National Black Theatre in New York City; Fredrick Douglass Creative Arts Center in New York City; and The American Theatre of Harlem (where he was also the Artistic Director & Founder)
From his days as The Founder & Artistic Director of The American Theatre of Harlem, the current Artistic Director, Keith E. Johnston had this to say about him – The “American Theatre of Harlem is dedicated to continuing the great tradition that Hal DeWindt and so many others have passed on for the sake of joy, edutainment, and a creative life experience. This concept is no longer confined to the region of Harlem but now a universal village representing a high standard of artistic expression that has educational value. Acting is a lifelong process and the discoveries in this art form are endless. In honoring Hal I felt a great sense of responsibility to continue what I, and so many others, received from this great man of art… Let's Heal the World with Art."
Hal DeWindt, was taken from us to soon, from complications from cancer, on June 16th 1997. We will always treasure the memory of him and through this show try to live up to what he brought to us - a vision borne of his background and his hope for what the future can become.