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Updated on January 27, 2015

Many Faces of Jonathan Winters

Iam saddened to see another great comedian leave us. Jonathan was a favorite of mine. Just seeing his face would make me laugh because I knew he would deliver some funny lines and make me laugh. Rest in peace Jonathan....November 11, 1925 to April 11, 2013. gone at 87 years

Jonathan Harshman Winters III (born November 11, 1925 in Bellbrook, Ohio) is an American film and television actor. Winters is a descendent of Valentine Winters, founder of the Winters National Bank in Dayton, which is now part of JPMorgan Chase.

After attending public school in Springfield, Ohio & Culver Military Academy, Jonathan enlisted in the Marines at age 17 and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After his discharge he studied cartooning at Dayton Art Institute, where he met Eileen Schauder, whom he married in 1948. He began comedy routines and acting while studying at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He was also a local radio personality at WIZE in Springfield,Ohio.

In 1999 Winters was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In a 2005 interview on XM Radio, Bill Cosby called Winters "The King". Winters now lives near Santa Barbara, California, and is often seen browsing and hamming to the crowd at the antique show at the Ventura County fairgrounds. He often entertains the tellers and other workers whenever he visits his local bank to make a deposit or withdrawal. He spends time painting and has been presented in one-man shows of his art. In 1997 he published Winters' Tales: Stories and Observations for the Unusual. Other writings have followed, and he is said to be working on his autobiography.

Why I like Jonathan Winters

In a world as complex as ours we need laughter. Jonathan provides that for me. All I have to do is see his face and hear his voice and I am good to go. I would love to meet him. I admire him for his talent (actor, comdedian and artist) but also for his values. He recently lost his beloved wife Eileen. They were married for 60 years. Now that a wonderful record and says a lot about the man.

  • Make's me smile, laugh, just watching him.

    He always has refreshing material.

    He is very creative.

    He is an artist in more ways than one.

    Married 60 years.

Winters' Tales

Winters' Tales


Comedian Jonathan Winters and radio and television personality Gary Owens visited the Santa Barbara Studios of the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic on Monday afternoon, July 11. Together they read Jonathan's Winters' Tales, a collection of short stories that he published in 1987 (Random House). The book will soon be one of the new additions to RFB&D's "Learning Through Listening" library in Princeton, New Jersey - the largest library of its kind in the world - that provides audio textbooks and general reading to those who are blind, dyslexic or experiencing other challenges with the printed word.

After the reading, Winters and Owens briefly entertained the studios' volunteer readers with Owens conducting a mock interview with Jonathan. Still in great form, Winters had the group doubling over with laughter. Turning serious for a moment, Winter's told the staff and volunteers that RFB&D was doing important work for the community and that he was glad to help.

A Pen and Pencil Set

In Good Humor!

Winter's @ The Kennedy Center

Jonathan Winters won the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

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A. I knew him when he had black hair and no mustache. He was standing by the banks of the Mississippi, eating a Dove bar.

Q. They just invented this award last year. Do we really need another award for entertainers?

A. For me, yes. After this year, I don't care.

Q. You think stealing your Maude Frickert character for his Aunt Blabby will keep Johnny Carson from ever winning the award?

A. I hope so. I hope so.

Q. You think you would have got the award if you hadn't been Mork's son?


A Must Visit If You Love Jonathan

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My Favorite Story from Winters' Tales

Of Men and War - summerized by myself - the lensmaster

He tells of war and how bad it is fighting in war. He sets the stage. He tells how It was twenty below on Blue Hill that day. Nothing was warm but the cannons, the rifles and one hugh fire. He was fighting against the General von Hauser. He stated the general was crafty as an old fox. He called him the Weasel. He would strike, advance a few thousand yards and then disappear into thin air.

(Jonathan goes on to tell the story). My artillery had really done a job on von Hauser. Most of his man had fallen. I watched him through field glasses. I watched and watched....suddenly, he fell to his knees; he waved his white scarf. Of all the battles I'd been in with the general, I could never recall his waving the white flag.

This is such a wonderful story. As I follow the story, I am pulled in more and more. Finally Jonathan brings it to a close. The best part, and I will quote in its entirety:

"Another war had ended. As we got to our feet--one old retired American general and one old retired German general--we made our way over to the hugh fireplace in our old family home in Blue Hill, Connecticut. We raised our drinks, toasted to peace, took a long look out through the hugh bay window at the softly falling snow and then gazed down at our armies all scattered about on the Persian rug. The soldiers were strewn everywhere. The general's white scarf was draped over a large leather chair. Slowly, we both bent down and began to put our troops back in their respective boxes."

End of story. You must get the book. A wonderful collection of short stories. It is delightful; for young and old alike.

Thanks Jonathan

May 1, 1986 - Pensacola Civic Center

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      papawu 8 years ago

      WInters is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I have him listed in my "Funniest People Ever" lens.Really fun read.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've always loved his humor! Funny, funny man.