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Friday, April 12, 2013

Remembering Jonathan Winters 1925 - 2013

Comedian Jonathan Winters, who died Thursday at age 87, starred in three of his own TV comedy/variety shows - The Jonathan Winters Show (1956-57), The Jonathan Winters Show (1967-69) and The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters (1972-74). He was also a co-host - along with Jo Anne Worley and Woody Allen - of the 1970-71 Saturday morning children's show, Hot Dog, and he played Mork and Mindy's son Mearth during the sitcom's final season in 1981-82. Winters won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on the 1991-92 sitcom, Davis Rules, and he won a Grammy for his 1995 comedy album, Crank Calls. He also received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999.

His film credits include It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination), The Loved One (1965), The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad (1967), Eight on the Lam (1967), The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979), The Flintstones (1994) and The Shadow (1994).

Below are some videos I've selected to celebrate Mr. Winters' life and career.

A scene from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and an excerpt from an interview for the Archive of American Television on October 11, 2002, in which he discusses the film.

"The Frickert Fracas" episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies on September 30, 1972.

A 1981 episode of Mork & Mindy and another excerpt from his 2002 interview for the Archive of American Television, in which he discusses Robin Williams and the sitcom.

An appearance on the ABC sitcom, Life with Bonnie, on November 12, 2002.

1 comment:

Jon said...

Sad news, indeed. Jx