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Jonathan Winters through the years

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Jonathan Winters, a groundbreaking, eccentric comedian who inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and others, passed away April 11, 2013 at his Montecito, Calif. home. He was 87.

Jonathan Winters in Hollywood, Calif. (Aug. 12, 1955)
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Jonathan Winters in Hollywood, Calif. (Aug. 12, 1955)

Jonathan Winters with some unusual items for sale
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Jonathan Winters with some unusual items for sale in the gift shop he shares with partners in New York. At left is a sculptured figure depicting Louis XIV, and at right, in Winters' left hand, is a mummified?hand sculptured by Jana Homsey. (April 21, 1959)

Jonathan Winters accepts Oscar won by Peter Ustinov
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Jonathan Winters accepts Oscar won by Peter Ustinov as best supporting actor, presented by actress Angela Lansbury. (April 5, 1965)

Jonathan Winters with his carvings and sculptures at
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Jonathan Winters with his carvings and sculptures at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif. (Sept. 1, 1966)

Jonathan Winters in a scene from the film
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Jonathan Winters in a scene from the film "Eight on the Lam." (March 1967)

Jonathan Winters hosting
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Jonathan Winters hosting "Holiday on Ice." (Sept. 22, 1967)

Jonathan Winters of
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Jonathan Winters of "The Jonathan Winters Show" during a salute to the 64th anniversary of the world's first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. (Dec. 27, 1967)

Frank Sinatra, left, celebrates his 65th birthday party
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Frank Sinatra, left, celebrates his 65th birthday party with Jonathan Winters and Dinah Shore at Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, Calif. (Dec.12, 1980)

Jonathan Winters looks at the
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Jonathan Winters looks at the "Mark Twain Prize" after he received the award at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The Kennedy Center organized the celebration of American humor and created the award to recognize "those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences." In the background is comedian Robin Williams. (Oct. 20, 1999)

Robin Williams, left, presents Jonathan Winters with the
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Robin Williams, left, presents Jonathan Winters with the pioneer award at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 8, 2008.

Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and Jonathan Winters backstage
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Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and Jonathan Winters backstage at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 8, 2008.

From left, Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg and Mickey
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From left, Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg and Mickey Rooney, cast members in the 1963 film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," at the kick-off of The Last 70mm Film Festival Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. (July 9, 2012)

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