TMZ reports that Winters died on Thursday night of natural causes in Montecito, California at around 6:30 p.m. local time. He was surrounded by friends and family.
Winters has appeared in nearly 50 movies and a plethora of TV shows, including notable roles in the film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and in the dual roles of Henry Glenworthy and his dark, scheming brother, the Rev. Wilbur Glenworthy, in the film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s “The Loved One.”
Fellow comedians who starred with him in “Mad World,” such as Arnold Stang, claimed that in the periods while they waited between scenes, Winters would entertain them for hours in their trailer by becoming any character that they would suggest.
He also appeared in “Viva Max!” (1970) and “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming” (1966).
Winters appeared as a regular on the Saturday morning children’s TV show Hot Dog in the early ’70s. He also had a CBS nighttime show from 1967 to 1969, and had his own show, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters during 1972–74.
He was 87 years old.