The comedian Jonathan Winters died at the age of 87. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Legendary comedian who has had a record released every decade for over 50 years and received 11 Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album. He also voiced Grandpa Smurf in the popular 1980’s television cartoon The Smurfs and in the 2011 film adaptation.
He was married to Eileen Winters for sixty years before she passed away from breast cancer. He had a son named Jay and a daughter named Lucinda. His mother, Alice Kilgore Rodgers, was a radio personality.
You’ve got to be an observer. And you’ve got to take time to listen to people, talk, to watch what they do.
Something I’ll always remember – when I was a kid, I shook hands with Orville Wright. Forty years later, I shook hands with Neil Armstrong. The guy that invented the airplane and the guy that walked on the moon. In a lifetime, that’s kinda wild when you think about it.
As a kid, I always wanted to be lots of things. I was a Walter Mitty type. I wanted to be in the French Foreign Legion, a detective, a doctor, a test pilot with a scarf, a fisherman who hauled in a tremendous marlin after a 12-hour fight.
I have never pretended to be any kind of super-religious kind of man, but I feel very strongly that you can be funny without being dirty.
I started out as an artist, and what I do is verbal paintings. I paint a picture. Hopefully, you’ll see the characters and what they’re doing and what they’re saying.