The Jonathan Winters Show (1967–1969)
The career of Jonathan Winters spanned from 1948 to the present, during which his freaky, energetic expression of humor had its own unique form. A fixture on such legendary television shows such as “The Tonight Show” (with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson), “The Dean Martin Show” and “Hollywood Squares,” Winters would often appear as his alter ego Maude Frickert, a sharp tongued old lady character. It wasn’t just an act, as during his early career he spent time in mental institutions, and was diagnosed with manic depression.
Jonathan Winters as Lennie Pike in ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad
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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.
Born in 1925 in Dayton, Ohio, Jonathan Winters' career was launched after he won a talent contest, which lead to a local TV series in the early 1950s. He became a fixture on the stand up comedy circuit and on The Tonight Show, where he was a favorite of hosts Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. He also made many appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He launched his own series The Jonathan Winters Show in 1967.
He has appeared in several films such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Loved One, and also starred as the son of Robin Williams and Pam Dawber on the TV series
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.
Longtime family friend Joe Petro III told the Associated Press that the Ohio native died Thursday night at his Montecito, CA, home of natural causes. He was surrounded by family and friends.
"He was just a great friend and I was very lucky to be able to work with him for all the years I did," said Petro, an artist and print maker who collaborated with Winters for decades on numerous art projects. "We've lost a giant and we're really going to miss him."
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Winters -- who appeared in countless movies and TV shows over the years -- was known for his improvisation skills and character creations that inspired A-list comic actors including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and others.
In the mid-1950s, his The Jonathan Winters Show pioneered the emerging videotape technology that allowed stunts such as showing up as two
Aylesworth passed away in Rancho Mirage, California on 28 July.
He performed on radio in his native Toronto as a child, and went on to find success on U.S. television.
Aylesworth was perhaps best known for co-creating 1970s American country music television variety show Hee Haw with Frank Peppiatt and Bernie Brillstein. The programme featured famous guests in country, gospel and bluegrass music, including Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty.
In addition, he served as a writer or producer on TV shows such as Your Hit Parade, The Kraft Music Hall, The Judy Garland Show and The Jonathan Winters Show.
He was also among the writers who shared an Emmy nomination for The Julie Andrews Hour in 1973 and The Sonny and Cher Show in 1976.
Aylesworth is survived by his fourth wife, Anita, two children from his first marriage, three from his second marriage, and one grandson.
The actor died Sunday of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, a week away from his 84th birthday.
Graves was the younger brother of "Gunsmoke" star James Arness, a TV icon from the '50s. Graves is perhaps also best remembered by Baby Boomers as the ranch owner on the popular Saturday morning TV series, "Fury," the adventures of a boy and his horse. More recently, Graves was featured in the opening scene of "Men in Black II."
Playing against his image as a tall, silver-haired authority figure, Graves co-starred as Captain Oveur in the zany comedies "Airplane!" (1980) and "Airplane II: The Sequel" (1982). Along with such serious acting figures as Robert Stack and, at the time, Leslie Nielsen,
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