Funny man Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters

The world’s slightly less crazy with the passing yesterday of the imitable Jonathan Winters at age 87. The definition of wacky Winters was unforgettable in a host of film and TV roles. I especially loved him in The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966) and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). And who can forget two of his zaniest characters: cranky granny Maude Frickert and bumpkin farmer Elwood P. Suggins  (“I think eggs 24 hours a day”)?

Younger folks will remember Mr. Winters from his hilarious role on TV’s “Mork and Mindy.

As my friend Kathy said when she heard the news: “Without Jonathan Winters both Robin Williams and Jim Carrey would have been locked up as too crazy to be productive. Probably Ernie Kovaks, too.”

Read Mr. Winter’s obit in the Washington Post.

Maude Frickert
Jonathan as Granny Maude Frickert
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