Paul Winchell Biography

Birthday: 1922-12-21
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Wiki Biography: Born Paul Wilchinsky on December 21, 1922, the son of Sol and Clara Wilchinsky, Paul Winchell grew up to be the most beloved ventriloquist of American children. Ironically, as famous as Paul was, his dummy, Jerry Mahoney, was probably more famous. Not since Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in the previous two decades had a ventriloquist and his dummy known equal celebrity. Entering the spotlight on the Edward Bowes "Original Amateur Hour" (1948), he began working soon after in a review show in which Major Bowes would showcase the winners of his radio program. He started his television career on the CBS program "The Bigelow Show" (1948) in 1948; "The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show" (1950), originally called "The Spiedel Show," in 1950; and, finally, the best-known of his shows "Winchell-Mahoney Time" (1965). With a clubhouse premise, his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff--another of Paul's characters--as the clubhouse leaders, and the music of the bandleader Milton Delugg. A new innovation of Winchell's was to replace the dummy's hands with those of puppeteers who were hidden behind the dummies in a crate. Winch also played many serous dramatic roles on television without his dummy sidekicks. What may be even more famous is that he created the voice of Tigger for the Walt Disney Company's "Winnie The Pooh" motion-picture series, based on the famous books by A.A. Milne. He played the role behind the scenes until 1999, when he was replaced by Jim Cummings, who also voiced Pooh from the time that Sterling Holloway died. He was also the voice of many other world-famous cartoon characters. A little-known fact about Winchell is that he was one of the original inventors of an artificial heart--years before the first successful transplant with such of a device--an automobile that runs on battery power, a method for breeding tilapia, and many other inventions that are still around today.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Winchell/Mahoney Time Himself 1965 Comedy
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour Fleegle 1968 Adventure
Wacky Races 1968 - 1969 Animation
Here's Lucy Carlo, The Tailor / ... 1968 - 1969 Comedy
Storybook Squares 1969 Family
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines Dick Dastardly 1969 Animation
Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch Bubi Bear 1971 Animation
Goober and the Ghost Chasers 1973 Animation
Adams of Eagle Lake 1975 Mystery
The Oddball Couple 1975 Animation
Clue Club Woofer 1976 - 1979
Yogi's Treasure Hunt Dick Dastardly 1985 Animation
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Tigger 1988 Animation
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Stop, Look and Laugh 1960 Comedy
Stop!, Look and Laugh 1960 Comedy
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Tigger 1968 Animation, Family
The Aristocats 1970 0, 0, 0
Which Way to the Front? 1970 Comedy
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Tigger 1974 Animation, Family
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Tigger 1977 Family, Animation, Musical
The Fox and the Hound Boomer 1981 Animation, Adventure, Family
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore Tigger 1983 Animation, Family
Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose Dread Baron 1987
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Tigger (segment "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too") 2002 Animation, Family