Jonathan Winters: 1926-2013

Winters died last night of natural causes in Montecito, Calif, around 6:30 p.m., surrounded by friends and family.

Jonathan Winters - crazy

Winters’ career began when he won a talent contest, which led to radio gigs and appearances at comedy clubs. He was a staple on the late night TV circuit for decades — he was one of Jack Paar’s favorite guests and a Johnny Carson regular — and recorded several classic comedy albums.

He often performed in character … the best known of which was Maude Frickert, the seemingly sweet old lady with a quick and acid wit.