Winters, Jonathan 1925–

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Winters, Jonathan 1925–


Full name, Jonathan Harshman Winters III; born November 11, 1925, in Dayton, OH; son of Jonathan Harshman, Jr. (a banker) and Alice Kilgore (a radio personality; maiden name, Rodgers) Winters; married Eileen Ann Schauder, September 11, 1948; children: Jonathan IV, Lucinda Kelley. Education: Attended Kenyon College, 1946; Dayton Art Institute, B.F.A., art, 1950. Avocational Interests: Painting.


Agent—Rebel Entertainment Partners, Inc., 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 456, Los Angeles, CA 90036.


Actor, comedian, writer, producer, and editor. WING, Dayton, OH, radio disc jockey, 1949; WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH, television announcer and comedian, 1950-53; appeared in nightclubs and cabarets, 1953-59, and in concert halls, 1961—; did radio voice work for commercials for Wish Bone salad dressings, c. 1970s; appeared in television commercials for Good Humor Ice Cream, c. 1970s, Hefty garbage bags, 1979, Tostitos tortilla chips, 1995, California, 1998, California fresh eggs, 1999, and Tuesday Morning retail stores, 2004. Previously worked as a painter and a disc jockey. Military service: United States Marine Corps, 1943-46, Pacific Theater of Operations.


American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Grammy Award nomination, best comedy album, 1960, for The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters; Grammy Award nomination, best comedy performance, 1961, for Here's Jonathan; Grammy Award nomination, best comedy performance, 1962, for Another Day, Another World; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor—musical/comedy, 1964, for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World; Grammy Award, best recording for children, 1975, for The Little Prince; Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy, American Comedy Awards, 1987; Emmy Award, best supporting actor in a comedy series, 1991, for Davis Rules; American Comedy Award, funniest male performer in a television special (leading or supporting), network, cable, or syndication, 1991, for And His Traveling Road Show; inducted in the United States Comedy Hall of Fame, 1993; inducted in the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame, 1994; Grammy Award, best spoken comedy album, 1996, for Crank(y) Calls; Mark Twain Prize in Humor, 1999; Lifetime Achievement Award, Ojai Film Festival, 2000; Lifetime Achievement Tribute, Orinda Film Festival, 2003; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a comedy series, 2003, for Life with Bonnie; DVDX Award, best supporting actor in a DVD premiere movie, DVD Exclusive Awards, 2005, for Comic Book: The Movie; Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—Television; seven other Grammy Award nominations.


Film Appearances:

Voice of Sir Quigley Broken Bottom, Saiyu-ki (also known as Alakazam the Great, The Magic land of Alakazam, and The Enchanted Monkey), 1960.

Lennie Pike, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (also known as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), United Artists, 1963.

Henry/Wilbur Glenworthy, The Loved One, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965.

Officer Norman Jones, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, United Artists, 1966.

Professor Klobb, Penelope, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.

Jasper Lynch, Eight on the Lam (also known as Eight on the Run), United Artists, 1967.

The Midnight Oil, 1967.

Dad and narrator, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad, Paramount, 1967.

General Billy Joe Hallson, Viva Max!, Commonwealth United, 1969.

English tour guide, tourist number one, little boy tourist, and Texas tourist, The Special London Bridge Special, 1972.

Sonic Boom, 1974.

H. S. and Harvey Tilson, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, United Artists, 1979.

Tyler, Long Shot, 1981.

Voice of Molester, Porky Pine, and other characters, Pogo for President: Go Pogo (also known as Go Pogo, I Go Pogo, and Pogo for President), 1984.

Emerson Foosnagel III, E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind, 1984.

W. D. Westmoreland, Say Yes, 1986.

Himself, The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters, 1986.

Tyler, The Longshot, 1986.

Ralph, Moon over Parador, Universal, 1988.

Storyteller, Rabbit Ears: Paul Bunyan, 1990.

Voice of Wade Pig, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (animated; also known as How I Spent My Vacation), 1992.

Himself, Maude Frickert, and other characters, Gone Fish'n, 1993.

Wainwright Barth, The Shadow, Universal, 1993.

Voice of the thief, The Princess and the Cobbler (animated; also known as Arabian Knight), Miramax, 1993.

Grizzled man, The Flintstones, Universal, 1994.

Whoppa Chopper pilot, Ohio cop with bullhorn, and Jeb, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (also known as Die Abenteuer von Rocky und Bullwinkle), Universal, 2000.

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big, 2000.

Himself, Squatching, 2002.

Voice of Santa, Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (short), 2002.

Uncle Bill, Swing, Crazy Dreams Entertainment, 2003.

Himself, Tell Them Who You Are (documentary), THINKFilm, 2004.

Wally (army buddy number two), Comic Book: The Movie, Miramax Home Entertainment, 2004.

Thomas, Cattle Call (also known as National Lampoon's "Cattle Call"), Lions Gate Films, 2006.

Himself, Certifiably Jonathan, 2007.

Film Editor:

Gone Fish'n, 1993.

Television Appearances; Series:

The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1954-63.

The Steve Allen Show (also known as The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), NBC, 1954-61.

Host, And Here's the Show, NBC, 1955.

NBC Comedy Hour, NBC, 1956.

The Jonathan Winters Show, NBC, 1956-57.

Masquerade Party, CBS, 1958.

The Jack Paar Program, NBC, 1962-63.

Voice of the Giant, Linus the Lionhearted (animated), CBS, 1964-66, then ABC, 1966-1969.

The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1965-71.

The Dean Martin Show, 1966-73.

The Jonathan Winters Show, CBS, 1967-69.

Hot Dog, 1970.

Host, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, syndicated, 1972-74.

Humorist, Good Morning, America, ABC, 1975-76.

Mearth, Mork and Mindy, ABC, 1981-82.

Voice of Papa Smurf, Grandpa Smurf, and additional voices, The Smurfs (animated; also known as Smurfs Adventures), NBC, 1981-1990.

Hee Haw, CBS, 1983-84.

Additional voice, Yogi's Treasure Hunt (animated), syndicated, 1985.

Voice of Wishing Well, Star Fairies (animated), 1986.

Voice of Roger Gustav, Mr. Freebus, and additional voices, The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (animated), NBC, 1988.

Voice of Coach Cadaver, Rick Moranis in Gravedale High (animated; also known as Gravedale High), NBC, 1990.

Voice of Igor and Granny, Little Dracula (animated), 1991.

Gunny Davis, Davis Rules, ABC, 1991, then CBS, 1991-92.

Voice of Mayor Cod, Fish Police (animated), CBS, 1992.

Host, Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out, Showtime, 1993.

Bloopy's Buddies, 1996.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Professor Albert Paradine II, More Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1980.

Voice of Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland (animated; also known as Alice through the Looking Glass), CBS, 1985.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jeremiah "Jerry" Klay, Now You See It, Now You Don't, NBC, 1986.

Additional voice, The Little Troll Prince (animated), syndicated, 1987.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Take One, NBC, 1981.

Faith, CBS, 1994.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Atlantic City Holiday, 1956.

Jonathan Winters Presents a Wild Winters Night, NBC, 1964.

The Jonathan Winters Special, NBC, 1964.

The Jonathan Winters Show, NBC, February, 1965.

The Jonathan Winters Show, NBC, May, 1965.

With Love, Sophia, 1967.

The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters, NBC, 1970.

Movin', 1970.

Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About …?, 1971.

Disney World: A Gala Opening (also known as The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World), 1971.

Special London Bridge Special, 1972.

The Engelbert Humperdinck Special, 1973.

The Fricker Fracus (animated), CBS, 1973.

Jonathan Winters Presents Two Hundred Years of American Humor, NBC, 1976.

Freedom Is, syndicated, 1976.

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926, 1976.

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals Part 2, 1977.

Dean Martin's Christmas in California, 1977.

Uncle Tim Wants You!, 1977.

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope for President, 1980.

Take One Starring Jonathan Winters, 1981.

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Who Makes the World Laugh"—Part One, 1983.

The Suzanne Somers Special, 1983.

The Great Standups (also known as The Great Standups: Sixty Years of Laughter), 1984.

The World's Funniest Commercial Goofs, ABC, 1985.

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986.

Host, King Kong: The Living Legend, syndicated, 1986.

David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film Festival, NBC, 1986.

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday, NBC, 1986.

Bob Hope's Tropical Comedy Special from Tahiti, NBC, 1987.

Voice of Grandpa, 'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy (animated), NBC, 1987.

Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge, 1987.

Happy Birthday, Bob—50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC, NBC, 1988.

Jonathan Winters Show, Showtime, 1988.

Host, Showtime Presents: Jonathan Winters and Friends, Showtime, 1989.

Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (animated), TNT, 1989.

Jonathan Winters and His Traveling Roadshow (also known as And His Traveling Road Show), Showtime, 1990.

Narrator, Paul Bunyan, Showtime, 1990.

Voice of Harry, Wake, Rattle and Roll (animated), syndicated, 1990.

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1991.

Voice of Abracadabra and the owl, The Wish That Changed Christmas (animated), CBS, 1991.

Himself and Pike the van driver, Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," 1991.

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1991.

Himself, Spaced Out!, 1992.

Voice of narrator, Frosty Returns (animated), 1993.

Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out, Showtime, 1993.

Presenter, The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1994.

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories, 1994.

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame, 1994.

Voice of Pocket watch, The Bears Who Saved Christmas (animated), 1994.

Montreal International Comedy Festival '94, 1994.

Who Makes You Laugh?, 1995.

Voice, Daisy-Head Mayzie (animated), 1995.

Who Makes You Laugh?, 1997.

Phil Silvers: Top Banana, 1997.

Voice of Santa, Santa vs. the Snowman, ABC, 1997.

Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money, Showtime, 1999.

Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jonathan Winters, Comedy Central, 2000.

Jonathan Winters: On the Loose, PBS, 2000.

Comedy Central Presents the Second Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Jonathan Winters, Comedy Central, 2000.

The Joke's on Thee, 2001.

The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Awards Show Program Special … Live! … in Stereo, Cartoon Network, 2002.

The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2003.

Honoree, 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The House," Omnibus, CBS, 1954.

Comedian, The Colgate Comedy Hour (also known as Michael Todd Revue, Colgate Variety Hour, and Colgate Summer Comedy Hour), 1955.

Tonight! (also known as Knickerbocker Beer Show, The Knickerbocker Beer Presents "The Steven Allen Show," The Steve Allen Show, and Tonight), 1957.

The Jackie Gleason Show, 1957.

The Arlene Francis Show, 1957, 1958.

Person to Person, 1958.

The Jack Paar Tonight Show (also known as The Jack Paar Show), 1958, 1962.

What's My Line?, 1958, 1960, 1964.

Lord Nikidik, "The Land of Oz," Shirley Temple Theatre (also known as Shirley Temple's Storybook), NBC, 1960.

Barnaby, "Babes in Toyland," Shirley Temple Theater, NBC, 1960.

"The Jack Paar Variety Show," Startime (also known as Ford Startime and Lincoln-Mercury Startime), 1960.

Fats Brown, "A Game of Pool," The Twilight Zone (also known as Twilight Zone), CBS, 1961.

I've Got a Secret, 1962.

The Jerry Lewis Show, 1963.

NBC Monitor Show, NBC, 1963.

Voice, "Mocking Bird," Linus! The Lion Hearted, 1964.

Voice, "Adrift on the Rapids," Linus! The Lion Hearted, 1964.

The London Palladium, NBC, 1966.

"Murder at N.B.C.," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (also known as The Chrysler Theater and Universal Star Time), 1966.

Dateline: Hollywood, 1967.

The Carol Burnett Show (also known as Carol Burnett and Friends), 1967-68.

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1967, 1969.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1970.

The Mike Douglas Show, 1970, 1974.

"Jonathan Winters," This Is Your Life, 1971.

Voice of himself and Maude Frickert, The New Scooby-Doo Movies (animated; also known as Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters and Scooby-Doo's New Comedy Movie Pictures), 1972.

The Mouse Factory, syndicated, 1972.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988.

Voice, "Maude Loves Papa," Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (animated), syndicated, 1974.

Hollywood Squares, NBC, 1976.

Night watchman and talking pumpkin, "Halloween Hall o' Fame," Disneyland (also known as Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney, The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color), 1977.

"Mickey's 50," Disneyland (also known as Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney, The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color), 1978.

The Muppet Show, 1980.

Dave McConnell, "Mork and the Family Reunion," Mork and Mindy, 1981.

"Turn Me On/Treasure Hunt/A Child Will Become Father," Aloha Paradise, ABC, 1981.

Mearth, "The Mork Report," Mork and Mindy, 1982.

World of Disney, CBS, 1982.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1986.

Voice of Stanley, "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?," Tiny Toon Adventures (animated), 1990.

Voice of Stinkbomb, "Smell Ya Later," Animaniacs (animated; also known as Steven Spielberg Presents "Animaniacs"), The WB, 1994.

Voice, Johnny Bravo (animated), 1997.

Bloopy's Buddies, syndicated, 1998.

"Phyllis Diller: First Lady of Laughter," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Q. T. Marlens, "Money Plus Marlens Makes Four," Life with Bonnie, ABC, 2002.

"Andy Williams," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2005, 2006.

Also appeared as additional voice, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated); additional voices, "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go," Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (animated); in Talent Scouts.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out (also known as Spaced Out!), Showtime, 1993.

Stage Appearances:

John Murray Anderson's Almanac (revue), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1954.



The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Jonathan Winters, 1965.

The Little Prince, c. 1975.

Crank(y) Calls, Audio Select, 1995.

Recorded comedy albums for Verve/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1960-64, including Another Day, Another World, The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth with Jonathan Winters, Here's Jonathan, Humor Seen through the Eyes of Jonathan Winters, and Whistle-Stopping with Jonathan Winters; also recorded an album with Columbia Records.

Music Videos:

Appeared in Genesis's "I Can't Dance."


Television Specials:

The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters, NBC, 1970.

Jonathan Winters Presents Two Hundred Years of American Humor, NBC, 1976.

Uncle Tim Wants You!, 1977.

Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out (also known as Spaced Out!), Showtime, 1993.

The Unknown Jonathan Winters: On the Loose, Fox Lorber, 2000.


(With Philip Cammarata) Did Anyone Bring an Opener?, Harper, 1959.

Mouse Breath, Conformity and Other Social Ills, Bobbs-Merrill, 1965.

Winter's Tales: Stories and Observations for the Unusual, Random House, 1987, expanded edition, Silver Springs Books, 2001.

Hangings, Random House, 1988.

Jonathan Winters: After the Beep, Putnam, 1989.

Hang-Ups, 1990.



Time, November 8, 1999, p. 153.

U.S. News & World Report, November 1, 1999, p. 23.

Variety, October 25, 1999, p. 60.

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