Winters rose to fame towards the end of the 1950s and was a force to reckon with at a time when the rising generation of comics included Bob Newhart, Mort Sahl and Shelley Berman. Winters was considered a true comedian with his effortless ability to elicit humor from diverse demographics of audiences through his characterization on TV shows. Winters also made appearances in close to 50 movies, most notably in ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, mad, Mad World’ released in 1963. Winters was also the guest on several late night shows alongside Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson.
JonathanWinters.com, his official website, announced the sad news about his death. Winters’s good friend Gary Owens said that he passed away at about 6.45 p.m. local time surrounded by friends and family. He added that Winters was a true comedy talent and one of the greatest this century. Winters is credited for his fast witted unscripted improvisational comics and keeping audiences cracked up with his comical characters on screen.