Jonathan Winters

Actor, Comedian, Author
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1925 in Bellbrook, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (100)

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbled Big 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Papa Smurf (Voice)

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Certifiably Jonathan 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Papa (Voice)

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing 2004 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

The Joke's on Thee 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloopy's Buddies 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Jonathan Winters: On the Loose 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Phyllis Diller: First Lady of Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Ohio Cop with Bullhorn (Actor)

Phil Silvers: Top Banana 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa vs. the Snowman 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Who Makes You Laugh? 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Arabian Knight 1995 (Movie)

of Thief (Voice)

Daisy-Head Mayzie 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Hee Haw! 1968 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Grizzled Man (Actor)

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Wainwright Barth (Actor)

Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Davis Rules 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fish Police 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Mork and Mindy 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rick Moranis in Gravedale High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Wake, Rattle & Roll 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Jonathan Winters and His Traveling Roadshow 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Presents: Jonathan Winters & Friends 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

King Kong: The Living Legend 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Say Yes 1986 (Movie)

W D Westmoreland (Actor)

The Longshot 1986 (Movie)

Tyler (Actor)

The World's Funniest Commercial Goofs 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Yogi's Treasure Hunt 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The Suzanne Somers Special 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 (Movie)

HS Harvey Tilson (Actor)

Dean Martin's Christmas in California 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Tim Wants You! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals Part 2 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Engelbert Humperdinck Special 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mouse Factory 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney World: a Gala Opening 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Special London Bridge Special 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Dog 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Linus the Lionhearted 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Voice

Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Viva Max! 1969 (Movie)

General Billy Joe Hallson (Actor)

Murder At NBC 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Eight on the Lam 1966 (Movie)

Jasper Lynch (Actor)

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

Professor Klobb (Actor)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1965 (Movie)

Norman Jonas (Actor)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

Wilbur/Harry Glenworthy (Actor)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Lennie Pike (Actor)

Saiyu-ki 1961 (Movie)

of Sir Quigley Broken Bottom (Voice)

And Here's the Show 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Frosty Returns (TV Show)

Narrator

More Wild Wild West (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Bunyan (TV Show)

Narrator

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Timmy's Special Delivery (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

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.

Relationships

Jonathan H Winters Jr

Father
Divorced from Winters' mother in 1932 Winters has described his father as an alcoholic who had trouble holding a job

Jonathan H Winters IV

Son
Born c. 1950 mother, Eileen Winters

Jonathan H Winters Sr

Grandfather
Owned Winters National Bank & Trust

Eileen Winters

Wife
Met at Dayton Art Institute married in 1948 died in 2009 at the age of 84 after a 20-year battle with breast cancer

Alice Winters

Mother
Divorced from Winters' father in 1932 remarried

Lucinda Winters

Daughter
Born c. 1956 mother, Eileen Winters

EDUCATION

Kenyon College

Gambier , Ohio 1946
Enrolled after two and a half years of military service

Dayton Art Institute

Dayton , Ohio 1950
Met his future wife, Eileen Schauder

Milestones

2009

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album, Jonathan Winters - A Very Special Time

2003

Received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role in an episode of ABC's "Life with Bonnie"

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"

1997

Voiced Santa in the ABC animated special, "Santa vs the Snowman"

1995

Narrated the animated special, "Frosty Returns" (CBS)

1993

Starred in "Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out" on Showtime

1992

Provided character voice for the ABC primetime animated series, "Fish Police"

1991

Featured as Randy Quaid's eccentric father in the sitcom, "Davis Rules" (ABC, 1991; CBS 1991-1992)

1989

Headlined "Showtime Presents: Jonathan Winters & Friends"

1987

Starred in first Showtime comedy special, "Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge"

1985

Cast as Humpty Dumpty in the CBS miniseries adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland"

1983

Was a regular on "Hee Haw" (CBS) for one season

1981

Joined cast of the ABC sitcom "Mork and Mindy" in its final season playing Mork's son

1980

Played one of the villains in the CBS miniseries, "More Wild Wild West"

1979

Resumed film career with "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh"

1976

Hosted and wrote NBC's "Jonathan Winters Presents 200 Years of American Humor"

1972

Starred in the syndicated series, "The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters"

1969

Returned to "The Andy Williams Show" as a regular for one season

1969

Wrote and hosted "The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters" (NBC)

1969

Last film for nine years, "Viva Max!"

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"

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"

1966

Appeared as a guest in several specials starring comedian Bob Hope

1965

Starred in an unscripted variety hour, "The Jonathan Winters Show" (NBC)

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"

1964

Was a regular on the NBC variety series "The Andy Williams Show"

1964

Headlined the NBC variety program "The Jonathan Winters Special"

1963

Made feature acting debut in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1960

Feature debut, provided voice for the animated film, "Saiyu-ki"

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"

1956

Hosted "The Jonathan Winters Show" (NBC)

1955

Was a regular on NBC's "And Here's the Show"

1954

Reportedly was the first comic to be featured on CBS' "Omninbus"

1953

Moved to NYC; began performing as a standup comedian in nightclubs like The Blue Angel

1946

Hired by a Dayton radio station as a disc jockey

Moved to Columbus and worked for three years at WBNS-TV

Joined the US Marine Corps and served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II

Encouraged by his wife, entered local talent contest which he won

Was commercial spokesperson for Hefty garbage bags in a series of memorable TV commercials

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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In speaking of his breakdowns, Winters told The Washington Post (Oct. 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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In 1999, Winters was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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In June 2008, Winters was presented with the TV Land Pioneer Award by his friend Robin Williams.

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