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Comedian and Ohio native Jonathan Winters dies
The Emmy winner influenced generations of comics
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
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Ohio-born comedian Jonathan Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, has died at age 87 of natural causes.

Winters was considered a master of improvisational comedy, with a grab-bag of eccentric personalities and facial expressions. Characters such as the dirty old lady Maude Frickert were based on people Winters knew growing up in Dayton and Springfield.

He appeared on TV variety shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Dean Martin and Canton-born Jack Paar.

Winters later starred on the sitcoms "Mork and Mindy" and “Davis Rules,” winning an Emmy for the latter.  He most recently voiced Papa Smurf in the film, "The Smurfs," one of the highest-grossing movies of 2011.
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