The Comedian

Jonathan Winters

The real Jonathan Winters was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 11, 1925. After attending public school in Springfield, he joined the Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. After serving two-and-a-half years in the South Pacific, he returned to Ohio and attended Kenyon College.

His interest in art led him to Dayton Art Institute where he studied for over two years and met the girl who would become his wife, Eileen.

Eileen encouraged Jonathan to enter a local talent contest in Dayton, which he did, and he won a wrist watch, but the performance led him to a job as an early morning disc-jockey on radio station WING in Dayton (1946).

This job led him to WBNS-TV in Columbus where he worked for three years. In 1953, Jonathan headed for New York for the "big time" with $56.46 in his pocket. As a performer at Manhattan's Blue Angel nightclub, his reputation as a comic began to grow. Garry Moore, who was substituting for Arthur Godfrey on the TV Show "Talent Scouts", presented Jonathan on the show. Then came the Jack Paar Show, The Steve Allen Show, and The Tonight Show, where Jonathan was able to demonstrate his comic genius and he became a top name in American Comedy.

Eileen Schauder Winters, wife of Jonathan Winters for over sixty years, died on January 11, 2009. Following her long battle with breast cancer, she passed away at home surrounded by her family.

Jonathan has two children and five grandchildren. He lives in Santa Barbara, where he paints and writes when he is not performing. He is also currently at work on his autobiography.


Cartoons:

Jonathan has done voice over work in numerous cartoons, including: The Smurfs, The Little Prince, The Christmas Carol, Paul Bunyan, Little Dracula, Ed Grimley Show, and Peter and The Wolf, just to name a few.


Movies:

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad
  • The Loved One
  • The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
  • The Midnight Oil
  • Eight On The Lam
  • Viva Max
  • Penelope
  • The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
  • Longshot
  • Say Yes
  • Moon Over Parador
  • The Shadow
  • The Flintstones
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

Television:

  • Colgate Comedy Hour
  • Omnibus (first comedian to ever appear)
  • Guest Host for Jack Paar, Tonight Show
  • The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters (1972)
  • Hot Dog
  • Space, Beyond the Age of Aquarius
  • The Jonathan Winters Show (color tape first used - 1959)
  • Playhouse 90
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Tim Conway Special
  • 200 Years of American Humor
  • The Norman Rockwell Special
  • Hollywood Squares
  • Winters' Wonderland
  • Hee Haw
  • This Is Your Life
  • Numerous Bob Hope Specials
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  • Carol Burnett
  • Ed Murrow's Person to Person
  • Mork and Mindy (with Robin Williams)
  • Davis Rules (won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor)
  • Jay Leno
  • David Letterman
  • Broadway - "Almanac"

Author and Painter:

  • Mouse Breath, Conformity and Other Social Ills
  • Winters Tales (short story book - hit the national best seller list)
  • Hang Ups - painting collection
  • Five Comedy Specials for Showtime Cable
  • Farmers Almanac Video: "Jonathan Winters Gone Fishin"
  • Made 12 Comedy Records
  • Nominated for 12 Grammy Awards
  • Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word in 1992
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Comedy Awards Association
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