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04-12-2013, 01:57 PM
Jonathan Winters, Funny Man and Comedic Inspiration, Dies at 87
Published: April 12, 2013

Jonathan Winters, the rubber-faced comedian whose unscripted flights of fancy inspired a generation of improvisational comics, and who kept television audiences in stitches with Main Street characters like Maude Frickert, a sweet-seeming grandmother with a barbed tongue and a roving eye, died on Thursday at his home in Montecito, Calif. He was 87.


The world has lost a comedy legend. The funnyman from Dayton will be missed.

04-12-2013, 02:10 PM
A naturally funny man. He could do about anything and make you laugh. I remember seeing him many times on Johnny Carson and the Dean Martin roasts. I think I had quit watching Mork and Mindy by the time he came to that show.

04-12-2013, 02:46 PM
He was the king of improv in his day. RIP

04-12-2013, 03:28 PM
Winters was apparently a Reds fan, proving he was a standup guy. Jamie Ramsey has a couple of good photos up on his blog.


04-12-2013, 04:44 PM
Man, a true legend. I always think of his part in "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" as the tow truck driver. RIP, Jonathan Winters.

04-12-2013, 04:55 PM
Man, a true legend. I always think of his part in "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" as the tow truck driver. RIP, Jonathan Winters.

One of the funniest movies of all-time. It's incredible to think of how many big names who had roles in that film.

RIP, Jonathan Winters. One of the funniest people of my lifetime.

04-16-2013, 07:22 PM
Nice article by Robin Williams about Winters:


Mort Sahl said Jonathan was seen as a great improviser, but to him he was just being himself. He was a rebel without a pause, whether he was portraying the WASP who couldn’t get a decent martini in Mombasa or the cowboy who couldn’t ride a horse and backed out of frame. Jonathan’s wife, Eileen, maybe had the best quote. She said that Jonathan went through his terrible 2’s but that they lasted 20 years.

04-17-2013, 09:41 AM

04-19-2013, 04:32 PM
I know this is a family site and I will leave it to your imagination. With the positioning of the bat and Bench's left arm (and Winter's humor)... makes me wonder if the conversation went something like this:

Winters: "Johnny, how ya like my 34-inch bat?"
Bench: "Be hard to find a protective cup like this to protect that, Jonathan."