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Paul Winchell

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 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. - IMDb Mini Biography By: MeanDean

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Dec 21, 1922 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Everything's on Ice 1939-10-05
Latest Project:
Movie Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving 1999-11-08
Known For
Movie Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving Tigger (voice) 1999-11-08
Movie Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too Tigger (voice) 1991-12-14
Series Wake, Rattle, and Roll 1990-09-17
Movie Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore Tigger (voice) 1983-01-01
Movie The Fox and the Hound Boomer (voice) 1981-07-10
Series Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch Revs/Captain Tough (voice) 1974-09-07
Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Tigger (voice) 1974-09-20
Movie Blue Aces Wild Wizard (voice) 1973-05-16
Series Goober and the Ghost Chasers 1973-09-08
Movie The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park Fleegle / Tree (voice) 1972-11-25
Movie Which Way to the Front? Schroeder 1970-09-03
Movie The Aristocats Chinese Cat 1970-12-23
Series The Pink Panther Show Odważny Freddy, łowca rekinów (głos) 1969-09-06
Series Wacky Races Clyde (voice) 1968-09-14
Movie Everything's on Ice Voice of Dummy 1939-10-05