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Full Name
  
Stefan Ihnat

Name
  
Steve Ihnat

Cause of death
  
heart attack

Role
  
Actor

Occupation
  
Actor

Children
  
Stefan Andrew Ihnat

Years active
  
1958-1972


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Born
  
August 7, 1934 (
1934-08-07
)
Cjastrabie, Czechoslovakia

Died
  
May 12, 1972, Cannes, France

Spouse
  
Marya Carter (m. 1970–1972)

Movies
  
Hour of the Gun, Countdown, Strike Me Deadly, Kona Coast, Date Bait

Similar People
  
Marya Carter, Ted V Mikels, John Sturges, Richard A Colla, Robert Altman

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Stefan "Steve" Ihnat (August 7, 1934 – May 12, 1972) was a Czechoslovakian-born American actor and director. He immigrated to Canada when he was five years old, and later became a United States citizen.

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Early life

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Ihnat was raised on a farm in Lynden, Ontario. His family settled there after fleeing his native Czechoslovakia in 1939, when he was five years old. Ihnat, his mother, father, younger sister, and two young boys from other families left Czechoslovakia three days before Prague was occupied by invading German forces in March of that year.

Ihnat became hooked on acting when he played a child role in an amateur theatre near Lynden. He said, "I knew this was the only thing I wanted to do with my life." He also said "I think wanting to act started when I was about 14 as an escape valve to my environment. I was raised on a farm and I decided I wanted to be everything in life. Acting is the best way to do it."

Film and television career

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Ihnat moved to the United States in 1958 to pursue a career in acting and attended the Pasadena Playhouse. He gained United States citizenship. At a time when he had difficulty finding work he enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years and served at Headquarters and Headquarters U.S. Army, Port Inchon, South Korea. In 1960, Pvt. Ihnat won second prize in the Republic of Korea poetry contest for his entry titled "Toil in the Night."

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Ihnat guest-starred in many television series during the 1960s. including a mind-controlled lieutenant in the science fiction television series The Outer Limits in the two-part episode, "The Inheritors", (1964). In 1965 he guest starred as murderer Charlie Parks in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Duplicate Case." In 1959 he played a truck driver in with cargo hijackers in an episode of "Highway Patrol".

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Ihnat held over seventy guest credits in such well known series as Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969) as the psychotic Garth of Izar and also two episodes of The Fugitive, entitled "Cry Uncle" (alongside Ron Howard) and "The Walls of Night". Other credits include Blue Light ("Field of Dishonor"), Gunsmoke ("Exodus 21:22", "Jenny" with Lisa Gerritsen (December 28, 1970), and "Noose of Gold"), The Silent Force ("Take As Directed For Death"), Bonanza ("A Dream to Dream" and "Terror at 2:00"), The Virginian ("Jed" and "Last Grave at Socorro Creek"), Mission: Impossible ("The Astrologer"), ("The Mind of Stefan Miklos"), Cimarron Strip ("The Hunted"), I Dream of Jeannie ("My Master the Rainmaker"), Mannix ("Huntdown", "End Game" and "To Draw the Lightning"), The F.B.I. ("Region of Peril" and "The Prey"), The Name of the Game ("The Chains of Command" and "Nightmare"), Medical Center ("Fright and Flight") and Perry Mason ("The Case of the Duplicate Case").

Ihnat had several guest roles in Mission: Impossible including the brilliant Soviet Union investigator Stefan Miklos in the 1969 episode "The Mind of Stefan Miklos," widely praised as one of the most cerebral and intelligent episodes of the entire series. While he played other roles (mostly villains, like in "The Astrologer") in the show, his performance in this episode is his most memorable.

From 1964 to 1968 he appeared in eight feature films. He often played villains, using his abilities to subtly turn one-dimensional characters into complex and multi-dimensional antagonists. In 1968, Lamont Johnson cast him in the film Kona Coast in which Ihnat played a murderous playboy in Hawaii doping up teenagers and causing mayhem to the property and person of the character played by lead actor Richard Boone. Also in 1968, he memorably portrayed a murderous thug in the film Madigan, starring Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda and a NASA administrator in the film Countdown, directed by Robert Altman and starring James Caan and Robert Duvall. His other film credits included The Chase (1966), In Like Flint (1967), Hour of the Gun (1967), Zig Zag (1970), and Fuzz (1972).

Ihnat was a screenwriter and director as well. He wrote, produced and starred in "Do Not Throw Cushions Into The Ring," which while never released, led to his receiving the plum position of directing The Honkers, starring James Coburn, with whom he had appeared in In Like Flint. He also co-wrote the movie with Stephen Lodge.

Death

Ihnat was married to Marya Carter, who posed as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for May 1962. Carter had a daughter from a previous marriage.

Ihnat died of a heart attack while attending the Cannes Film Festival in France, where he was promoting his film, Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring. His death, at age 37, came one month after the birth of his son, Stefan.

Ihnat is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. His son, Stefan, who died at age 32 from complications connected with diabetes, is interred next to him.

Filmography

Actor
1973
Hunter (TV Movie) as
Alain Praetorious
1972
Fuzz as
Det. Andy Parker
1967
Mannix (TV Series) as
Lt. Larry Gifford / Gus Keller / Sheriff Weed
- To Draw the Lightning (1972) - Lt. Larry Gifford
- End Game (1969) - Gus Keller
- Huntdown (1967) - Sheriff Weed
1972
Cade's County (TV Series) as
Jason Benedict
- Dead Past (1972) - Jason Benedict
1966
The F.B.I. (TV Series) as
Howard Rademaker / John Elgin / Carl S. Beaumont / ...
- The Mastermind: Part 2 (1971) - Howard Rademaker
- The Mastermind: Part 1 (1971) - Howard Rademaker
- Incident in the Desert (1970) - John Elgin
- The Prey (1969) - Carl S. Beaumont
- The Maze (1969) - Frank Welles
- Region of Peril (1968) - Frank Padgett
- The Escape (1966) - Eddie Drake
1971
Sweet, Sweet Rachel (TV Movie) as
Dr. Simon Tyler
1971
The Young Lawyers (TV Series) as
Pete Pierce
- Conrad and the Taxi Squad (1971) - Pete Pierce
1971
Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series) as
Harry Downs
- Stagecoach Seven (1971) - Harry Downs
1965
Bonanza (TV Series) as
Ganns / Josh Carter / Johann Brunner
- Terror at 2:00 (1971) - Ganns
- A Dream to Dream (1968) - Josh Carter
- Dead and Gone (1965) - Johann Brunner
1971
D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill (TV Movie) as
James Fletcher
1970
Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring as
Christopher Belton
1965
Gunsmoke (TV Series) as
Lucas Pritchard / Frank Reardon / John Farron / ...
- Jenny (1970) - Lucas Pritchard
- Exodus 21.22 (1969) - Frank Reardon
- Noose of Gold (1967) - John Farron
- The Mission (1966) - Ashe
- My Father's Guitar (1966) - Jack
- The Pariah (1965) - Ben Hooker
1970
The Silent Force (TV Series) as
Ed Stanford
- Take as Directed for Death (1970) - Ed Stanford
1970
Bracken's World (TV Series) as
Larry Sims
- Nude Scene (1970) - Larry Sims
1970
Men at Law (TV Series) as
Rev. Neil Dana
- The Pastures of Hell (1970) - Rev. Neil Dana
1970
Mod Squad (TV Series) as
Tom Blake
- Search and Destroy (1970) - Tom Blake
1970
The Young Rebels (TV Series) as
Sgt. Nobby Whipple
- Suicide Squad (1970) - Sgt. Nobby Whipple
1970
Zig Zag as
Asst. Dist. Atty. Herb Gates
1969
Here Come the Brides (TV Series) as
Oliver Tray / Howard Tray / Sgt. Noah Todd
- Absalom (1970) - Oliver Tray / Howard Tray
- The Soldier (1969) - Sgt. Noah Todd
1970
Paris 7000 (TV Series) as
Major Storm
- Journey to Nowhere (1970) - Major Storm
1970
Medical Center (TV Series) as
Zach Hibbs
- Fright and Flight (1970) - Zach Hibbs
1967
Mission: Impossible (TV Series) as
Maj. Paul Johan / Stefan Miklos / Col. Alex Stahl
- The Amnesiac (1969) - Maj. Paul Johan
- The Mind of Stefan Miklos (1969) - Stefan Miklos
- The Astrologer (1967) - Col. Alex Stahl
1969
Then Came Bronson (TV Series) as
Royce MacLeod
- Two Percent of Nothing (1969) - Royce MacLeod
1968
The Name of the Game (TV Series) as
Capt. Oliver / Ralph Hoak
- Chains of Command (1969) - Capt. Oliver
- Nightmare (1968) - Ralph Hoak
1969
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) as
Bob Stewart
- The Foal (1969) - Bob Stewart
1969
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series) as
Lt. William Anderson
- A Game of Chance (1969) - Lt. William Anderson
1969
The Whole World Is Watching (TV Movie) as
Off. Harry Platt
1963
The Virginian (TV Series) as
Four-Eyes / Jed Matthews / Matson / ...
- Last Grave at Socorro Creek (1969) - Four-Eyes
- Jed (1968) - Jed Matthews
- The Hero (1964) - Matson
- The Fatal Journey (1963) - Stub O'Dell
1969
Star Trek: The Original Series (TV Series) as
Garth
- Whom Gods Destroy (1969) - Garth
1968
The Outcasts (TV Series) as
Jeb Collins
- The Night Riders (1968) - Jeb Collins
1968
Kona Coast as
Kryder
1968
It Takes a Thief (TV Series) as
Col. Gilveney
- Turnabout (1968) - Col. Gilveney
1968
Madigan as
Barney Benesch
1967
Ironside (TV Series) as
Peter Zarkov
- The Fourteenth Runner (1967) - Peter Zarkov
1967
Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series) as
Ben Murcheson
- The Catch-a-Thief (1967) - Ben Murcheson
1966
Iron Horse (TV Series) as
Ray McCoy / Luke Joy
- The Silver Bullet (1967) - Ray McCoy
- Joy Unconfined (1966) - Luke Joy
1967
Hour of the Gun as
Andy Warshaw
1967
Cimarron Strip (TV Series) as
Felix Gauge
- The Hunted (1967) - Felix Gauge
1967
Police Story (TV Movie) as
Capt. James Paige
1967
Countdown as
Ross Duellan
1964
The Fugitive (TV Series) as
Art Meredith / Officer Hasboro
- The Walls of Night (1967) - Art Meredith
- Cry Uncle (1964) - Officer Hasboro
1967
In Like Flint as
Carter
1967
The Felony Squad (TV Series) as
Vic Durant
- Target! (1967) - Vic Durant
1966
Shane (TV Series) as
R.G. Posey
- The Bitter, the Lonely (1966) - R.G. Posey
1966
I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series) as
Sgt. Ben Roberts
- My Master, the Rainmaker (1966) - Sgt. Ben Roberts
1966
Blue Light (TV Series) as
Wilhelm Gerhardt
- Field of Dishonor (1966) - Wilhelm Gerhardt
1966
The Chase as
Archie
1966
The Big Valley (TV Series) as
Will
- Teacher of Outlaws (1966) - Will
1965
Daniel Boone (TV Series) as
Tyler
- Perilous Journey (1965) - Tyler
1965
Honey West (TV Series) as
Garth
- A Million Bucks in Anybody's Language (1965) - Garth
1963
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) as
Doyle Ralston / Lieutenant Malloy / Steve Cortel / ...
- Highest Fall of All (1965) - Doyle Ralston
- Murder in the First (1964) - Lieutenant Malloy
- A Case of Armed Robbery (1964) - Steve Cortel
- Something About Lee Wiley (1963) - Dr. Matthews
1965
Brainstorm as
Dr. Copleand, Interne (uncredited)
1965
Perry Mason (TV Series) as
Charlie Parks
- The Case of the Duplicate Case (1965) - Charlie Parks
1965
Rawhide (TV Series) as
Kaster
- Retreat (1965) - Kaster
1965
Profiles in Courage (TV Series) as
Tom Smith
- Robert A. Taft (1965) - Tom Smith
1964
Passion Street, U.S.A. as
Dick Budman
1964
The Outer Limits (TV Series) as
Lt. Philip Minns
- The Inheritors: Part II (1964) - Lt. Philip Minns
- The Inheritors: Part I (1964) - Lt. Philip Minns
1964
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series) as
Pennell
- The Price of Doom (1964) - Pennell
1964
Dr. Kildare (TV Series) as
Dr. James Rothson
- The Hand That Hurts, the Hand That Heals (1964) - Dr. James Rothson
1964
Slattery's People (TV Series) as
Senator Buckmaster
- Question: Remember the Dark Sins of Youth? (1964) - Senator Buckmaster
1964
Death Valley Days (TV Series) as
Rick Hubbard
- The Streets of El Paso (1964) - Rick Hubbard
1964
Channing (TV Series) as
Professor Roy Lucas
- Christmas Day Is Breaking Wan (1964) - Professor Roy Lucas
1964
77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) as
Vince
- Queen of the Cats (1964) - Vince
1963
Strike Me Deadly as
Al (as Steve Quinn)
1963
Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) as
Pit Boss
- The Name of the Game (1963) - Pit Boss
1963
Temple Houston (TV Series) as
Ben Wade
- Seventy Times Seven (1963) - Ben Wade
1963
The Lieutenant (TV Series) as
Major Roswell Murray
- A Very Private Affair (1963) - Major Roswell Murray
1962
Ripcord (TV Series) as
Paulie
- One for the Money (1962) - Paulie (as Steve Quinn)
1962
Hawaiian Eye (TV Series) as
Clay Barker
- Lament for a Saturday Warrior (1962) - Clay Barker
1960
Date Bait
1959
Highway Patrol (TV Series) as
Joe Tyler
- Cargo Hijack (1959) - Joe Tyler
1959
Mike Hammer (TV Series) as
Jack O'Dell
- Jury of One (1959) - Jack O'Dell
1958
Flight (TV Series)
- The Derelict
1958
Dragstrip Riot as
Dutch
Writer
1972
The Honkers (written by)
1970
Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring
1963
Strike Me Deadly (screenplay - as Stefan Ihnat)
Director
1972
The Honkers
1970
Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring
Editor
1970
Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring
Producer
1970
Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring (producer)
Self
1967
Gypsy (TV Series) as
Self - actor
- Steve Ihnat, Joan Marshall, Erin O'Donnell (1967) - Self - actor
Archive Footage
2001
Private Screenings (TV Series) as
Andy Warshaw in 'Hour Of The Gun'
- James Garner (2001) - Andy Warshaw in 'Hour Of The Gun'

References

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