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Obit: Comedian Jonathan Winters Has Died (VIDEO)

Obit: Comedian Jonathan Winters Has Died (VIDEO)

Gifted comedian Jonathan Winters has died of natural causes at age 87, reports Variety. My fondest memories of him are Stanley Kramer’s antic road comedy “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and Norman Jewison’s “The Russians
Are Coming the Russians Are Coming,” but of course this under-appreciated comic artist did much more. See clips below.

Winters released several popular comedy albums and was a regular guest through the 50s, 60s and 70s on TV variety and talk shows from Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and Garry Moore to Jack Paar, who called Winters “pound for pound, the funniest man alive.” The radio dj, stand-up comedian and gifted mimic inspired the improvisational comedy of comics ranging from Steve Martin to Robin Williams, whose son he played on the last season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.”

He starred in several of own variety shows in the 60s and 70s, and is also remembered for his dramatic performances in 1961’s “The Twilight Zone” episode “A Game of Pool” opposite Jack Klugman, and Tony Richardson satire “The Loved
One,” adapted by Terry Southern from the novel by Evelyn Waugh.

His career was interrupted by bouts with manic depression (bipolar disorder), with which he went public. Late in his career he voiced many toon characters on TV and film, such as “The Smurfs.” In the 80s he appeared in Paul Mazursky’s “Moon Over Parador,” and went on to star in “The Flintstones” (1994) and “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” (2000.)

Winters accepted the second Mark Twain Prize for Humor at the Kennedy Center in 1999.

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People like Jonathon Winters are so incredibly rare, like Richard Pryor the pain that they endure is sadly the foundation of thier humor and how they coped. We were privileged to see thier brilliance. I think both of thease artists would have been successful in any field they would gave access to. Thank you Jonathan n rest in pea e this world was a much better place because you were in it.


Yep, IT'S A MAD (4) WORLD and THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING were two of my favorites as a kid. With Winters gone, only two of the main cast of MAD WORLD are still with us: Mickey Rooney and Sid Caesar. And only five of the supporting cast (by my count): Stan Freberg, Carl Reiner, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase and Nicholas ("Untouchables") Georgiade.

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