Jonathan Winters

Winters in 1963 Jonathan Harshman Winters III (November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was an American comedian, actor, author, television host, and artist. He started performing as a stand up comedian before transitioning his career to acting in film and television. Winters received numerous accolades including two Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, the American Academy of Achievement in 1973, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999.

Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label including ''The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters'' (1960). He also had records released every decade for over 50 years, receiving 11 Grammy nominations, including eight for Best Comedy Album, during his career. From these nominations, he won the Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for his contribution to an adaptation of ''The Little Prince'' in 1975 and the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for ''Crank(y) Calls'' in 1996.

With a career spanning more than six decades, Winters also appeared in hundreds of television shows and films, including eccentric characters on ''The Steve Allen Show'', ''The Garry Moore Show'', ''The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters'' (1972–74), ''Mork & Mindy'', and ''Hee Haw''. For his role in the 1963 comedy film ''It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'', he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 1991, Winters won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Gunny Davis in the short-lived sitcom ''Davis Rules''. In 2002, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Q.T. Marlens on ''Life with Bonnie''. Winters was presented with a Pioneer TV Land Award by Robin Williams in 2008.

He also voiced Grandpa Smurf on ''The Smurfs'' TV series from 1986 to the show's conclusion in 1989. Over twenty years later, Winters was introduced to a new generation through voicing Papa Smurf in ''The Smurfs'' (2011) and ''The Smurfs 2'' (2013). Winters died nine days after recording his dialogue for ''The Smurfs 2''; the film was dedicated to his memory. Winters also spent time painting and presenting his artwork, including silkscreens and sketches, in many gallery shows. He authored several books including his book of short stories entitled ''Winters' Tales'' (1988). Provided by Wikipedia

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