Paul Winchell

Voice Actor, TV Actor

1922 – 2005

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Who was Paul Winchell?

Paul Winchell was an American ventriloquist, voice actor, comedian, inventor, and humanitarian, whose entertainment career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s.

From 1950-1954, he hosted The Paul Winchell Show, which also used two other titles during its prime time run on NBC, The Speidel Show and What's My Name? From 1965-1968, Winchell hosted the children's television series, Winchell-Mahoney Time.

Winchell also made guest appearances on Emmy Award winning television series from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s such as Perry Mason, The Dick Van Dyke Show, McMillan & Wife, The Donna Reed Show and two appearances as Homer Winch on The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962.

Winchell, who had medical training, was also an inventor, becoming the first person to build and patent a mechanical artificial heart, implantable in the chest cavity. He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television.

He is also widely known for his voice acting career, having originated the roles of Tigger, Dick Dastardly, Gargamel, and other characters.

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Born
Dec 21, 1922
New York City
Also known as
  • Paul Wilchinsky
  • Winch
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Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
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Education
  • Columbia University
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Jun 24, 2005
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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