15 Interesting Secrets Revealed About Jonathan Winters

1. Jonathan Harshman Winters III was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist.

2. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label.

3. He also had records released every decade for over 50 years, receiving 11 nominations for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album during his career and winning a Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for his contribution to an adaptation of The Little Prince in 1975 and the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Crank Calls in 1996.

4. In 1991, Winters earned an Emmy Award for his supporting role in Davis Rules.

5. In 1999, Winters was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

6. In 2002, he earned an Emmy nomination as a guest star in a comedy series for Life with Bonnie.

7. In 2008, Winters was presented with a Pioneer TV Land Award by Robin Williams.

8. Winters also spent time painting and presenting his artwork, including silkscreens and sketches, in many gallery shows.

9. Winters was born in Bellbrook, Ohio, to Alice Kilgore Rodgers, who later became a radio personality, and her husband Jonathan Harshman Winters II, an insurance agent who later became an investment broker. He was a descendant of Valentine Winters, founder of the Winters National Bank in Dayton, Ohio .

10. Of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, Winters had described his father as an alcoholic who had trouble holding a job.

11. Alone in his room, he would create characters and interview himself.

12. A poor student, Winters continued talking to himself and developed a repertoire of strange sound effects.

13. He often entertained his high school friends by imitating a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

14. During his senior year at Springfield High School, Winters quit school to join the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 and served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Upon his return, he attended Kenyon College.

15. He later studied cartooning at Dayton Art Institute, where he met Eileen Schauder, whom he married on September 11, 1948.

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