From "Jack Paar" to "Mork and Mindy," TheWrap looks back and laughs at Jonathan Winters' remarkable career
With the passing of Jonathan Winters at age 87 on Thursday, the world lost a pioneering comedic voice who provided us with decades of laughter. In honor of his remarkable career, TheWrap presents five of his choicest moments.
Jonathan Winters Props Himself Up: In this early clip, Winters shows off his formidable versatility and ingenuity by displaying just how many ways that a pen and pencil set can be used as a prop.
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Jonathan Winters Does 'The Jack Paar Program': Known for his vast array of characters, Winters dropped in on "The Jack Paar Program" and became absolutely beastly as he spoofed the typical horror movie:
Jonathan Winters Roasts Ronald Reagan: In 1973, Winters donned his familiar Maude Frickert persona to appear on "The Dean Martin Show" to roast then-California governor Ronald Reagan. Among the topics of Winters' barbs: The cheapness of the show's production and Reagan's mysteriously youthful hair color:
Jonathan Winters Gets Gassed: Even with the star-studded cast that the 1963 comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," Winters was a standout as furniture mover Lennie Pike. Here he is demolishing a gas station with delightfully madcap glee:
Jonathan Winters Acts Like a Big Baby: In the early '80s, Winters was introduced to a new generation on the Robin Williams space-alien sitcom "Mork & Mindy" — as Mearth, the child of Williams' Mork and Pam Dawber's Mindy. Here he is turning in a particularly flowery performance — because nothing screams comedy like a grown man, pretending to be a baby, while dressed as a plant: