Ralph H. Winters

Ralph H. Winters, casting director, died Aug. 25 in Houston after a long illness. His age was not reported.

Winters began his career at RKO, working with Sam Bischoff for Howard Hughes.

After the sale of the studio, he became head of casting at ZIV.

Finally, he moved to Universal Studios. For 28 years, Winters was head of television casting at MCA Universal, handling hundreds of shows including “Wagon Train,””Name of the Game,””Columbo,””McMillan and Wife” and “Ironside.” He also wrote a number of episodes for “Wagon Train.”

Following his retirement, Winters relocated to Houston where he acted as a casting consultant for television films including “Broken Spur” and the award-winning “Behind the Mask.”

Survived by four children and 11 grandchildren.

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