A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, Jonathan Winters, died Thursday. He was 87.
Winters began his career as a nightclub comic in New York, which earned him guest spots on “The Tonight Show” in the 1960s when Jack Paar hosted it. Later, Winters had a regular role on the final season of Mork & Mindy, playing Mork’s son Mearth. He also appeared in the 90s sitcom Davis Rules, which earned him an Emmy for best-supporting actor.
His free-for-all brand of humor inspired many, including Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Tracey Ullman, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.
Winters is survived by two children.
Rest in peace Mr. Winters.