Dove Foundation Advisor Biography
Producer, “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United”
Ralph Winter is a native Californian, born and raised in Glendale. He attended U. C. Berkeley where he received a B.A. in History. His first experience in production was producing training videos for Broadway Department Stores.
In 1978, Winter started working in the film business for Paramount Pictures in post-production television, where he worked on Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Following his experiences in television Winter began working alongside Harve Benet on the Star Trek films. He was an associate producer on Star Trek III, executive producer on IV, and producer on V & VI.
In 1991, he moved over to the Walt Disney Company where he executive produced Captain Ron starring Kurt Russell and Martin Short, Hocus Pocus starring Sara Jessica Parker and Bette Midler, andThe Puppet Masters.
In 1995, Ralph moved into the independent arena, producing the film Hackers starring Angelina Jolie, and directed by the critically acclaimed, Iain Softly (K-Pax, Skeleton Key) for United Artists.
In 1996, he was hired by Steven Spielberg to produce the ABC show High Incident starring David Keith and Blair Underwood.
In 1997, Ralph went back to Disney to produce the remake of the 1949 RKO classic, Mighty Joe Young with Producer Tom Jacobson and director Ron Underwood (City Slickers). The following year he executive produced Inspector Gadget starring Matthew Broderick and Rupert Everett.
After a successful run at Disney, Winter collaborated with Twentieth Century Fox in 1999 producing Marvel’s X-Men directed by Bryan Singer, which grossed 296 million dollars worldwide. Upon the achievement of the film, Fox offered Ralph an exclusive deal with the studio where he went on to produce Planet of the Apes (2001) directed by Tim Burton which made 362 million dollars worldwide.
He then teamed up with Singer again for the highly anticipated sequel X-Men 2, grossing 406 million dollars. His most recent film, Fantastic Four (2005) directed by Tim Story, produced a gross of 329 million dollars.
Since Ralph began his deal at Fox, his four films have collectively grossed over 1.4 billion dollars worldwide.
Currently, Ralph Winter has just wrapped production on X-MEN 3 directed by Brett Ratner.