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Jonathan Winters Biography

Birth Name:
Jonathan Harshman Winters
Birth Place:
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Actor, comedian, author, painter

Fast Facts

  • Served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II
  • Began his show-business career as a disc jockey on a Dayton, Ohio, radio station in the late 1940s
  • Showcased his trademark improvisational skills and offbeat characters in the early '70s ad-libbed variety show Wacky World of Jonathan Winters
  • Won the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2000
  • Accomplished visual artist with a collection of abstract paintings and drawings


  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1964Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated


  • Lucinda -- Daughter
  • Lucinda Winters -- Daughter
  • Jonathan Harshman Winters -- Father
  • Jonathan Harshman Winters Jr. -- Father
  • Alice Kilgore -- Mother
  • Jay Winters -- Son
  • Jonathan H. Winters IV -- Son
  • Eileen Winters -- Wife
  • Eileen Schauder Winters -- Wife (deceased)