Comedian and actor Jonathan Winters dead at 87

Comedy legend Jonathan Winters, known for his ability to improvise and his hilarious facial expressions, has died. He was 87. Family friend Joe Petro III said Winters died at home in Montecito, California on Thursday, due to natural causes. He starred in movies such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Moon Over Parador, and voiced Papa Smurf in the 2011 film The Smurfs. His voice will also be heard in the upcoming sequel, but he was known to most for his many TV roles, including playing Robin Williams’ son on the TV show Mork & Mindy. He was also a regular on The Carol Burnett Show and had his own TV series, called The Jonathan Winters Show, in the late 1950s and then again in the late 1960s. In 1974 he again starred in a self-titled TV series, this time The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters. His career in stand-up, television and in film spanned over 50 years. He was highly recognized for his talent and was an inspiration to younger comedians such as Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Winters was awarded The Mark Twain prize in 1999, given to outstanding humorists, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is survived by two children with his late wife Eileen, who died in 2009. ~Rebecca Raveendran

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  1. Gwen • April 12, 2013 @ 6:51 PM

    All the great ones are leaving us too soon. He will be missed.

  2. Sydney • April 15, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

    Rest in paradise, continue making ’em all laugh up there

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