This undated file image shows
comedian and actor Jonathan
Winters. (AP Photo, file)
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