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JONATHAN WINTERS (Papa Smurf) began his career in show business in a talent contest in his home town of Dayton, Ohio; he won a wristwatch, but the performance led him to a job as an early morning disc-jockey on radio station WING in Dayton (1946). This job led him to WBNS-TV in Columbus where he worked for three years.

In 1953, Winters headed for New York for the "big time” with $56.46 in his pocket. Soon after, Winters made appearances on the television shows "Talent Scouts,” "The Jack Paar Show,” "The Steve Allen Show,” and "The Tonight Show,” where he was able to demonstrate his comic genius and become a top name in American comedy.

His many movies include It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, The Midnight Oil, Eight on the Lam, Viva Max, Penelope, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, Longshot, Say Yes, Moon Over Parador, The Shadow, The Flintstones, and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

On television, his countless credits include "The Colgate Comedy Hour,” "Omnibus,” "The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters,” "The Jonathan Winters Show,” "Playhouse 90,” "The Twilight Zone,” "Laugh-In,” "The Carol Burnett Show,” "Mork and Mindy,” "Davis Rules” (for which he won an Emmy Award), and many others.

He made 12 comedy records and was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning the honor for Best Spoken Word Album in 1992. He has received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Comedy Awards.


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