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Jonathan Winters

Highest Rated: 88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Birthday: Nov 11, 1925

Birthplace: Not Available

"Pound for pound, Jonathan Winters is the funniest man on earth." These words, spoken by talk show host Jack Paar in the early '60s, were not chosen lightly. After war service and graduation from Kenyon College, Winters began his career on a radio station in his hometown of Dayton, OH. The rotund comedian was supposed to merely introduce the records and announce the temperature, but ever so gradually his irrepressible ad-libs and improvisations took over the show. His TV career began on CBS's daytime The Garry Moore Show, where he introduced such imperishable characters as freewheeling senior citizen Maude Frickert and doltish Elwood P. Suggins. He was a regular on the 1955 summer series And Here's the Show, and in 1956 landed his own 15-minute NBC series (the first network program to be regularly videotaped). Though never less than side-splittingly funny on camera, Winters was plagued by severe emotional problems in real life, not the least of which was his reliance on what he called "the sauce." After a highly publicized sanitarium stay, a clean and sober Winters returned to TV, though it would be 1967 before any network would take a chance on his headlining a regular weekly show (during the 1964-1965 season, he starred in a group of well-received specials, and was also a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, The Jack Paar Program, and The Andy Williams Show). During the early '60s, Winters' recorded bits began frequently popping up on the NBC radio series Monitor, and in 1963, he made his movie debut in the all-star It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). In answer to critics who felt that Winters was tied down by scripted material, the comedian starred in the two-season syndicated weekly The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters (1972-1973), which was completely ad-libbed. Many young comics of the 1970s and 1980s have declared that Winters was a prime influence in their choice of career. No comedian was more vocal in his praise of Winters than Robin Williams, who in 1981 arranged for Winters to be cast as overgrown baby Mearth on Williams' popular sitcom Mork and Mindy. Jonathan Winters remained as funny and active as ever into the 1990s, making uproarious appearances on Jay Leno's Tonight Show and co-starring in such big-budget theatrical films as The Shadow (1994). He played multiple parts in the 2000 big-screen version of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and in 2007 he was the center of Certifiably Jonathan. In 2011 he was tapped to provide the voice of Papa Smurf in the big-screen adaptation of the popular '80s animated show The Smurfs. He reprised his role in the 2013 sequel, but passed away at age 87 in April of that year, before the movie was released.

Highest Rated Movies



14% The Smurfs 2 Papa Smurf $71.1M 2013
22% The Smurfs Papa Smurf $142.7M 2011
25% Certifiably Jonathan Actor $8.3K 2011
No Score Yet Cattle Call (National Lampoon's Cattle Call) Thomas 2006
88% Tell Them Who You Are Actor 2005
42% Swing Uncle Bill 2004
81% Santa vs. the Snowman Santa $10.2M 2002
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Unknown Jonathan Winters: On the Loose Actor 2000
44% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Whoppa Chopper Pilot/Jeb $0.5M 2000
No Score Yet Precious Moments: Timmy's Special Delivery Actor 1998
No Score Yet Le Pere Noel et le Bonhomme de Neige Actor 1997
35% The Shadow Barth 1994
22% The Flintstones Grizzled Man 1994
50% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler) The Thief (Miramax version) 1993
No Score Yet Frosty Returns Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Wish That Changed Christmas Actor 1992
No Score Yet Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation Actor 1992
No Score Yet John Wilson: Animation Wonderland Actor 1990
No Score Yet Paul Bunyan Actor 1990
42% Moon over Parador Ralph 1988
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Actor 1987
No Score Yet Through the Looking Glass Actor 1987
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Longshot Tyler 1986
No Score Yet Jonathan Winters Actor 1986
No Score Yet Say Yes W. D. Westmoreland 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Humpty Dumpty 1985
No Score Yet Star Fairies Actor 1985
No Score Yet Hungry i Reunion Actor 1981
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West Albert Paradine II 1980
No Score Yet The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh H.S./Harvey Tilson 1979
No Score Yet Viva Max! General Billy Joe Hallson 1969
No Score Yet Eight on the Lam Police Sgt. Jasper Lynch / Mother Lynch 1967
No Score Yet Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Dad/Narrator 1967
No Score Yet Penelope Prof. Klobb 1966
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Norman Jones 1966
47% The Loved One Henry Glenworthy/Rev. Wilbur Glenworthy 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Lennie Pike 1963
No Score Yet Alakazam the Great Actor 1960


No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
Appearing 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
Guest 2012
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
Guest 2010
75% Life with Bonnie
Q.T. Marlens 2004
57% Davis Rules
Gunny Gunny Davis 1992
No Score Yet The Smurfs
Voice 1988
95% Mork & Mindy
Mearth 1982
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1980
80% The Twilight Zone
Fats Brown 1961
No Score Yet Little Dracula
40% Rick Moranis in Gravedale High


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Papa Smurf says: Mr. Winslow, we need your help

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Norman Jonas says: We've just GOT to get organized!

Harry Glenworthy says: Resurrection NOW!

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Thief says: They should have a sign that says beware of signs.