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Jonathan Winters

Highest Rated:   88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Smurfs 2 (2013)
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"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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
13% The Smurfs 2
  • Papa Smurf
2013
22% The Smurfs
  • Papa Smurf
2011
25% Certifiably Jonathan
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Cattle Call (National Lampoon's Cattle Call)
  • Thomas
2006
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Jonathan Winters: Rare & Riotous
  • Actor
2005
42% Swing
  • Uncle Bill
2004
81% Santa vs. the Snowman
  • Santa
2002
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Unknown Jonathan Winters: On the Loose
  • Actor
2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Whoppa Chopper Pilot/Jeb
2000
No Score Yet Christmas Carol, A - (Animated)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Precious Moments: Timmy's Special Delivery
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Le Pere Noel et le Bonhomme de Neige
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Zoo Food with Grandpa Nature
  • Actor
1996
35% The Shadow
  • Barth
1994
21% The Flintstones
  • Grizzled Man
1994
43% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler)
  • The Thief (Miramax version)
1993
No Score Yet Gone Fish'n
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Frosty Returns
  • Actor
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 Freedom Is: A Benji and Waldo Adventure
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Paul Bunyan
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet John Wilson: Animation Wonderland
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Dorf - 'Scue Me!
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Tim Conway's Comedy Review - 'SCUE ME!
  • Actor
1989
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 NFL TV Follies
  • 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 Pogo for President - "I Go Pogo"
  • Actor
1984
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
84% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Norman Jones
1966
53% The Loved One
  • Henry Glenworthy/Rev. Wilbur Glenworthy
1965
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Lennie Pike
1963
No Score Yet Alakazam the Great
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Little Troll Prince, The - A Christmas Parable
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Fats Brown
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest

Quotes from Jonathan Winters' Characters