Stefan Ihnat (pronounced Eye-nat) was born on August 7, 1934, in Czechoslovakia. His parents immigrated to Canada when he was very young.
His ambition since he was a child was to become an actor, and he in turn moved to the United States, and from 1958 to 1964 appeared sporadically in some independent films and in some early TV. After a two-year hitch in the U. S. Army, which he served in Korea, he returned to Hollywood and, over the course of the next few years, became on of the most sought-after guest-stars on the small screen. He also had supporting roles in a dozen movies.
He was beginning a segue into directing, when he died of a heart attack while attending the Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 1972. He was only 37. He left a wife of two years, Sally, a son Stefan, and a young step-daughter.
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