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July 27, 1990 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-07-27

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ENTERTAINMENT

An entertaining trio: brothers Charles Weiner, H.M. Wynant and Max Weiner.

CELEbRiTy SibliNgs

he Marx Brothers
entertained millions
of Americans with
their slap-stick come-
dy. The Ames Brothers
sang their hits across the na-
tion. And now there's a trio of
brothers from Detroit who
have become successes in their
fine arts careers — the Weiner
Brothers.
Max, 69, is a violinist with
the New York Philharmonic.
Charles, 66, leads the Con-
tinental Orchestra in
Detroit, and Haim, 63,
known for the past 30 years
as H.M. Wynant, is a
Broadway and Hollywood
actor and an artist.
"Our father came over
from Poland in the 1920s
and established his own or-
chestra, Jack Weiner's
Union Orchestra," Charles
said. "He played the Borscht
Belt of Detroit."

Once they graduated from
Northern High School in
Detroit, the brothers ven-
tured toward stardom.
Before H.M. Wynant ap-
peared in more than 600
television shows, 17 motion
pictures and a dozen nation-
al and Broadway plays, he
tried to emulate his older
brothers.
"I played the trumpet and
violin, but it was so hard I
had to get myself out of it,"
said Wynant, who studied
dancing in Detroit and left
the Motor City in 1949 and
headed for New York.
Wynant was soon cast in
the national production of
High Button Shoes with
Eddie Foy. The show toured
for 1 1/2 years.
Next, he appeared in As
You Like It with Katharine
Hepburn. Falling in love
with theater, Wynant con-

Jack Weiner's
three sons
have spent
the past 50
years
following in
his footsteps -
entertainment.

STEVE HARTZ

Staff Writer

tinued to perform, appearing
in six Broadway shows and
working with the late Rex
Harrison and Laurence
Olivier.
"I did two plays with Rex,
Venus Observed and The
Love of Four Colonels. He
was the consummate actor,"
said Wynant of Harrison,
who died this year. "He
worked on stage until the
last minute (of his life)."
In 1956, Wynant moved to
California and appeared in
TV shows like "Gunsmoke,"
"Hitchcock Presents,"
"Suspense Theater" and
"The Big Valley."
One of his biggest stage
roles was as Captain Georg
Von Trapp in The Sound of
Music. In 1977, Wynant
starred opposite Shirley
Jones in the musical which
toured the United States.
The show also featured an

up-and-coming young ac-
tress — Sarah ("Equal
Justice") Jessica Parker,
who played Brigitta, one of
Captain Von Trapp's chil-
dren.
Wynant was a regular on
TV's "General Hospital" in
1979, portraying an attorney
for the mobsters. He also
took on recurring roles in
"Perry Mason" and
"Dallas." In World's Fair, he
starred as the bad guy Elvis
Presley beats up.
"I played all the 'heavies'
in these TV shows and
films," he said.
When he wasn't playing a
villain, Wynant portrayed
Loretta Young's husband on
TV's "Loretta Young
Presents" and acted with
Clark Gable in the movie
Run Silent, Run Deep.
He was also cast as an In-
dian in several movies — in-

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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