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Remembering Jonathan Winters

Published: 4/12/2013
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Jonathan Winters (Wikimedia Commons)

The world of comedy has lost one of its most unique and interesting voices. Legendary improv comic Jonathan Winters died yesterday at the age of 87.

Generations of audiences have enjoyed the quirky characters brought to life by Winters, who began in the early 1950s and was still going strong at the time of his death (he just completed work on yet-to-be-released Smurfs 2 as the voice of Papa Smurf), Over the course of a long and rich career, Winters did a little bit of everything. Today we offer just a small sampling of our favorites in celebration of his life and legacy.

Early improv work



Stand-up comedy on the Jack Paar show





Supernatural strength in screwball comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World





A dramatic side to his work on The Twilight Zone


A recurring character, Maude Frickert





An unusually tall baby on Mork & Mindy





We could go on and on for days with the great clips of Jonathan Winters' work. The amazing breadth of his career and depth of his talent guarantees he'll never be forgotten.

Written by Linnea Crowther



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