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With the passing of Jonathan Winters at age 87 on Thursday, the world lost a pioneering comedic voice who provided us with decades of laughter. In honor of his remarkable career, TheWrap presents five of his choicest moments. Jonathan Winters Props Himself Up: In this early clip, Winters shows off his formidable versatility and ingenuity by displaying just how many ways that a pen and pencil set can be used as a prop. Also read: Jonathan Winters Dead at 87 Jonathan Winters Does 'The Jack Paar Program': Known for his vast array of »
- Tim Kenneally
Jonathan Winters, a comedian and actor who was a TV staple in the 1960s and '70s, has died.
Winters, whose credits include "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "Mork and Mindy," died Thursday (April 11) at his home in Montecito, Calif, TMZ reports. He was 87.
Winters, a native of Dayton, Ohio, served in World War II and worked in radio in Ohio for several years before breaking into television in the late 1950s. He was a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show," dating back to original host Steve Allen, and recorded more than a dozen comedy albums.
He also fronted a pair of shows himself, "The Jonathan Winters Show" from 1967-69 and "The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters," where he showcased comedic characters like the surprisingly hip elderly woman Maude Frickert and a rube named Elwood P. Suggins. He won an Emmy in 1992 for the ABC comedy "Davis Rules. »
Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters passed away of natural causes last night at the age of 87. Winters was a pioneer in improvisational comedy, able to quickly jump from unique character to unique character, hilarious idea to hilarious idea. He was a fixture of late-night television, frequently appearing on The Jack Paar Program and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Over the course of his career, he appeared in more than 50 movies and tons of television. This included notable parts in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (where he actually played two roles) and in the last season of Mork & Mindy, where he played the lead's child. Most recently, he voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs and upcoming The Smurfs 2. The Mark Twain Prize–winning Winters was an immensely influential and hilarious comedian, and he'll surely be missed. Below watch a famous clip from 1964 where Paar gives Winters a »
- Jesse David Fox
Jonathan Winters, once described by “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar as “pound for pound, the funniest man alive” and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural causes Thursday in Montecito, Calif. at 87.
A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy, he was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien and his earthling wife in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.” He appeared in numerous films including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and did extensive voice work on toons including “The Smurfs.”
Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III in Dayton, Ohio, Winters was raised mostly by his divorced mother, a radio personality in Springfield, Ohio, and showed an early gift for mimicry. »
- Carmel Dagan
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