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Legendary Comedian, Actor Jonathan Winters Dies In Montecito

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 10:06am

Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters has died in Santa Barbara County.

He passed away yesterday, from natural causes at his Montecito home.

Winters grew up in Ohio, served in the Marines during World War II, and became a comedian almost by accident. He was going to cartooning school after the war when he lost his watch. Winters couldn’t afford a new one, so his wife urged him to enter a local talent contest. He won, and that led to a radio DJ job, a morning television show, and then a number of comedy albums.

Winters was a favorite late night television show guest, appearing frequently with Jack Paar, and then Johnny Carson on the “Tonight” Show.

He appeared in nearly 50 movies, and numerous TV shows, including a starring role with Robin Williams in “Mork & Mindy.”

In 1999, he was awarded the Mark Twain Award for American Humor.

Winters was a fixture at a café next to the Montecito Pharmacy, where he would conduct impromptu shows. He was 87 yaears old.

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