Friday, April 12, 2013

Jonathan Harshman Winters III (1925-2013)

One of the most hilarious comedians in America, renowned for his unscripted deadpan humor (and one of the comedic influences of yours truly), Jonathan Winters died yesterday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California, surrounded by family and friends. The native of Dayton, Ohio was 87. He was preceded by his wife of over sixty years, Eileen Schauder, and is survived by his two children. In this scene from the early 1970s, Winters plays true to form as a Midwestern hayseed at a Dean Martin roast.

(Hey, I'm from the Midwest, and descended from a long line of hayseeds. I can say that.)

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