Jonathan Winters

 11/11/1925 - 4/11/2013

Inducted 1997


Jonathan Winters was known as an actor, improvisational comedian, and writer. He got his start as a radio disk jockey in Dayton and went on to become a television announcer and comedian in Columbus, Ohio before beginning a career largely connected to television comedy. He appeared regularly on The Steve Allen Show and The Garry Moore Show before several stints as the star of The Jonathan Winters Show. He has starred in a number of specials, served as executive producer and writer for several programs and recorded a series of Grammy nominated comedy albums. He was cited as major influence by such comedy stars as Robin Williams, and appeared in numerous nightclubs, cabarets and concert halls. In addition to his side-splitting comedy, Mr. Winters had a serious side as a talented visual artist.