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Also Known As: Jonathan Harshman Winters Iii Died: April 11, 2013
Born: November 11, 1925 Cause of Death: Natural causes
Birth Place: Bellbrook, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, comedian, author, disc jockey, painter

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One of the most unique and unbridled comic talents of the late 20th century, Jonathan Winters was less of a performer and more of a force of nature whose mind zipped from characters and scenarios with astonishing speed and creativity. A major influence on stream-of-consciousness comics like Robin Williams, George Carlin and Patton Oswalt, Winters presented a singularly off-kilter view of the world through appearances on stage, in motion pictures, and in numerous television appearances. The entertainment industry could rarely find a worthy project for him, but he soldiered on into his eighth decade, still possessing one of the most formidable improvisational talents in the world upon his death in 2013.

One of the most unique and unbridled comic talents of the late 20th century, Jonathan Winters was less of a performer and more of a force of nature whose mind zipped from characters and scenarios with astonishing speed and creativity. A major influence on stream-of-consciousness comics like Robin Williams, George Carlin and Patton Oswalt, Winters presented a singularly off-kilter view of the world through appearances on stage, in motion pictures, and in numerous television appearances. The entertainment industry could rarely find a worthy project for him, but he soldiered on into his eighth decade, still possessing one of the most formidable improvisational talents in the world upon his death in 2013.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
2.
 Smurfs, The (2011)
3.
4.
 Tell Them Who You Are (2004) Cast
5.
 Swing (2004) Bill
6.
 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The (2000) Jeb; Ohio Cop With Bullhorn; Whoppa Chopper Pilot
7.
 Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) Voice
8.
 Arabian Knight (1995) Voice Of Thief
9.
 Flintstones, The (1994) Grizzled Man
10.
 Shadow, The (1994) Wainwright Barth
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Joined the US Marine Corps and served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II
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Encouraged by his wife, entered local talent contest which he won
1946:
Hired by a Dayton radio station as a disc jockey
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Moved to Columbus and worked for three years at WBNS-TV
1953:
Moved to NYC; began performing as a standup comedian in nightclubs like The Blue Angel
1954:
Reportedly was the first comic to be featured on CBS' "Omninbus"
1955:
Was a regular on NBC's "And Here's the Show"
1956:
Hosted "The Jonathan Winters Show" (NBC)
1957:
Introduced the characters, senior citizen Maudie Frickert and Elwood P. Sluggins, on shows such as "The Steve Allen Show," "Tonight Starring Jack Paar" and "The Garry Moore Show"
1960:
Feature debut, provided voice for the animated film, "Saiyu-ki"
1963:
Made feature acting debut in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
1964:
Headlined the NBC variety program "The Jonathan Winters Special"
1964:
Was a regular on the NBC variety series "The Andy Williams Show"
1965:
Played the dual roles of Henry Glenworthy and his dark, scheming brother, the Rev. Wilbur Glenworthy in the film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "The Loved One"
1965:
Starred in an unscripted variety hour, "The Jonathan Winters Show" (NBC)
1966:
Appeared as a guest in several specials starring comedian Bob Hope
1966:
Had three-minute cameo in "Penelope," a comedy starring Natalie Wood
1966:
Offered comic support as a deputy in "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming"
1967:
Cast as Dad in the film version of the play, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad"
1967:
Starred in the CBS variety series, "The Jonathan Winters Show"
1970:
Last film for nine years, "Viva Max!"
1970:
Wrote and hosted "The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters" (NBC)
1970:
Returned to "The Andy Williams Show" as a regular for one season
1972:
Starred in the syndicated series, "The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters"
1976:
Hosted and wrote NBC's "Jonathan Winters Presents 200 Years of American Humor"
1979:
Resumed film career with "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh"
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Was commercial spokesperson for Hefty garbage bags in a series of memorable TV commercials
1980:
Played one of the villains in the CBS miniseries, "More Wild Wild West"
1981:
Joined cast of the ABC sitcom "Mork and Mindy" in its final season playing Mork's son
1983:
Was a regular on "Hee Haw" (CBS) for one season
1985:
Cast as Humpty Dumpty in the CBS miniseries adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland"
1987:
Starred in first Showtime comedy special, "Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge"
1989:
Headlined "Showtime Presents: Jonathan Winters & Friends"
1991:
Featured as Randy Quaid's eccentric father in the sitcom, "Davis Rules" (ABC, 1991; CBS 1991-1992)
1992:
Provided character voice for the ABC primetime animated series, "Fish Police"
1993:
Starred in "Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out" on Showtime
1995:
Narrated the animated special, "Frosty Returns" (CBS)
1997:
Voiced Santa in the ABC animated special, "Santa vs the Snowman"
2000:
Was the subject of Comedy Central's "Uncomfortably Close With Michael McKean: Jonathan Winters"
2000:
Played multiple roles in the combination live action-animated, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"
2003:
Received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role in an episode of ABC's "Life with Bonnie"
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album, <i>Jonathan Winters - A Very Special Time</i>
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Education

Kenyon College: Gambier , Ohio - 1946
Dayton Art Institute: Dayton , Ohio - 1950

Notes

His Web site is located at www.jonathanwinters.com,

Winters is also an accomplished painter.

In addition to Maude Frickert, Winters' characters include Dr. Bellenhoffer, a shrink of questionable qualifications, Chester Honeyhugger, King Kwasi and Larry Lech.

Winters earned a Grammy nomination for each of his 10 comedy albums, finally winning the prize in 1996.

"Jonathan's the source for me, the guy that made it all possible. He's the Smithsonian, all these riffs he stores up. Just sit back and watch him. He's a force of energy. Comedy would be more closed off without him." --Robin Williams quoted in TV Guide, January 8, 2000.

"Aside from one's faith, to me, sense of humor will get you through." --Jonathan Winters quoted in TV Guide, January 8, 2000.

In speaking of his breakdowns, Winters told The Washington Post (October 17, 1999): "This is something I've never quite shaken. There are bigger stars than me with all kinds of coke problems, sauce problems, guys that are married four, five times. Then they put them in picture after picture.

"Why should I have to go through my life auditioning and proving I'm sane?"

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wife:
Eileen Winters. Born c. 1925; married in 1948.

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grandfather:
Jonathan H Winters Sr. Banker. Owned Winters National Bank & Trust.
father:
Jonathan H Winters Jr. Banker. Alcoholic; divorced from Winters' mother in 1932.
mother:
Alice Kilgore Winters. Radio personality. Divorced from Winters' father in 1932; remarried.
son:
Jonathan H Winters IV. Contractor. Born c. 1950.
daughter:
Lucinda Kelley Winters. Movie location scout. Born c. 1956.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Winters Tales"
"Hang-Ups"

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