Born in Dayton, Ohio, 1925. A painter by training, and also an author in recent decades, but he's most famous as a improvisational comedian, someone with a speed-of-light wit and an infinite supply of characters and voices inside of him; he has also used those voices in cartoons over the years, including the series based on Martin Short's Ed Grimley character. Winner of the second Mark Twain Prize for humor; Richard Pryor was the first recipient.

A heavy influence on Robin Williams, who returned the favor by having Winters play his son Mearth on the sitcom Mork and Mindy, during the tail end of its run.

Other television gigs include a stint guest-hosting The Tonight Show (pre-Carson), a late-60s variety show on CBS, and a syndicated sketch comedy show in the early 70s. Film roles include It's a Mad... World, Moon Over Parador, and The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!

Editors Note:

Winters died April 11, 2013, of natural causes in Montecito, California. He was 87 years old.

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