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: