Now we want to celebrate the life of a comic legend. Jonathan winters passed away at the age of 87, the groundbreaking actor inspired a generation of some of the greatest comics of our time. His... See More
Now we want to celebrate the life of a comic legend. Jonathan winters passed away at the age of 87, the groundbreaking actor inspired a generation of some of the greatest comics of our time. His "morning and mindy" co-star tweeting he'll miss his, quote, comedy buddha." Chris connelly has a look back. Reporter: In his prime, no one could be funnier faster than jonathan winters. Did you ever undress in front of a dog? Reporter: His quick silver mind conjuring up laugh lines like that. Still come out of the shower and here was my dog just -- Reporter: In live shows on his comedy albums and on television. What's your pleasure? Well, if I told you that we'd be off the air. Reporter: From the elderly maude fricker to garbage man on tv ads. I'm in garbage or as garbage as they say. Reporter: Revered by his fellow performers who honored them in his tweets. Rosie o'donnell and albert brooks both using the word genius and steve carell calling him wildly funny. Born in ohio he was a machine gunner in world war ii and his comedy could be like that too, rapid-fire. He could tear it up onhe big screen laying waste to this gas station in the 1963 ensemble comedy "it's a mad, mad, mad, mad world." He's going down. Reporter: He had a few tv shows of his own during th THE '60s. He was a seminal influence on robin williams' work appearing on "morning and mindy" but many baby boomers knew him best as one of the funniest talk show guests of his era able to make any host helpless with laughter. Later years, he brought his skills to the occasional guest spot into animated projects. In 1999 he was awarded the mark twain prize for american humor, a fitting tribute for a comedy legend. He died in montecito, california, friday, he was 87 years old. Such a funny man. Really funny guy just to even look at him. Young phenom taking the
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