*Paul Winchell*


Paul Winchell was born on December 21, 1922.

Paul Winchell died on June 24, 2005.


Ventriloquist. Voice Actor. Inventor.

*Bio Summary*
Paul Winchell was born in New York City on December 21, 1922. He started making voices and practicing ventriloquism when he was young. He hosted “The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show” from 1950-1956. From 1965-1968, Winchell hosted “Winchell-Mahoney Time”. Both shows were Winchell performing ventriloquism. From 1968 until his death, Winchell provided voices for characters in several shows, including Tigger in “Winnie the Pooh” movies and Dick Dastardly in several different shows. Winchell was also an inventor, patenting over 30 devices during his life, including the first artificial heart. Paul Winchell died in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2005 at the age of 82.

*Early Life/Family*br> Paul Winchell was born Paul Wilchinsky in New York City, New York. His parents were Sol and Clara Wilchinsky. He also had an older sister, Ruth, and a younger sister, Rita. He suffered from polio, a stutter, and was very shy. He started doing voices after he heard Edgar Bergen, a ventriloquist, on the radio. When he was a teenager, he started practicing ventriloquism along with voices. He made a ventriloquist dummy in one of his art classes and performed in front of his classmates. He got on the radio show *Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour* in 1936. He signed a deal to go around the country performing at the age of 14.

Paul Winchell married Dorothy Movitz, but they divorced. They had a son, Stacy Paul, and a daughter, Stephanie.

Winchell married actress Nina Russell in 1961 and divorced in 1972. They had a daughter, April, who was born on January 4, 1960.

Winchell married Jean Freeman in 1974 and stayed together until his death on June 24, 2005. They did not have any children together. Jean had two sons, Larry and Keith, from a previous marriage.

Winchell was estranged from his family, spending most of his time on work and his inventions.

Attended School of Industrial Art in Manhattan as a teenager, to become a commercial artist.

Attended Columbia University in 1959. He took Pre-Med classes.

Graduated from the Acupuncture Research College of Los Angeles in 1974. He became an acupuncturist.

Winchell worked on ventriloquism and voices by himself, without any training.

*Career Outline*
Paul Winchell started his career in 1948 as a ventriloquist on the “The Bigelow Show”. In 1950, he got his own show called “The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show”, also known as “The Spiedel Show”. The show had him performing with his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. The show lasted until 1956. In 1957, Winchell hosted another show called “The Paul Winchell Show” until 1960. He hosted his last ventriloquist show in from 1965 to 1968 called “Winchell-Mahoney Time”. In 1968, Winchell voiced several characters on “Wacky Races”, including Dick Dastardly. Starting in 1968, Winchell provided the voice for Tigger in Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” movies for over 30 years. Paul Winchell provided voices for several characters for several shows for the rest of his life.

*Comments On Style*

Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, with his dummy Charlie McCarthy.




Winchell was an amateur inventor. Throughout his life, he patented over 30 inventions. These inventions included a disposable razor, a flameless cigarette lighter, an invisible garter belt, and a measurement for frozen foods. In 1963, he invented the first artificial heart. He donated the heart to the University of Utah for research.

Winchell studied hypnotism and worked as a medical hypnotist at the Gibbs Institute in Hollywood.

Paul Winchell wrote an autobiography called *Winch*, that was published in 2004. He also published a book called “Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit” in 1954.

The Bigelow Show. Himself. 1948.
The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show. Himself. 1950-1956.
The Colgate Comedy Hour. Himself. 1951-1955.
What’s My Line?. Himself. 1952-1956.
The Paul Winchell Show. Himself. 1957-1960.
Winchell-Mahoney Time. Himself, Mr. Mahoney (voice), Mr. Knucklehead (voice). 1965-1968.
Wacky Races. Clyde (voice), Dick Dastardly (voice), Pvt. Meekley (voice). 1968.
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. Tigger (voice). 1968.
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. Fleegle (voice). 1969.
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. Dick Dastardly (voice), The General (voice). 1969-1970.
Love, American Style. Several Characters. 1969-1972.
Goober and the Ghost Chasers. Goober (voice), MacBeth’s Ghost (voice), Stage Manager (voice). 1973.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. Tigger (voice). 1974.
Clue Club. Woofer (voice). 1976.
Smurfs. Baby Smurf, Gargamel (voice). 1984-1986.
Yogi’s Treasure Hunt. Dick Dastardly (voice). 1985-1986.
Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Zummi Gummi (voice), Nip (voice), Additional Voices. 1985-1990.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Tigger (voice). 1988-1990.
Garfield and Friends. Gramps, Mr. Bagget (voice). 1991-1992.

Annie Awards: Winsor McCay Award. 1997.
Doctorate in Science from the National Christian University.
Grammy Awards: Best Recording for Children for Winnie the Pooh and Tiger Too. 1975.
Walk of Fame: Star on the Walk of Fame. Television. February 8, 1960.

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