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Paul Winchell (December 21, 1922 – June 24, 2005) was an American ventriloquist, actor, and comedian whose 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 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. In animation, he was the original voice of Tigger, Dick Dastardly, Gargamel, and other characters.

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 (US Patent #3097366).[1] He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television

Paul Winchell Jerry Mahoney 1951.JPG Winchell with Jerry Mahoney in 1951


Born Paul Wilchinsky December 21, 1922 New York City, New York, U.S.

Died June 24, 2005 (aged 82) Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Cause of death

Natural causes 

Nationality American

Occupation Ventriloquist, comedian, actor, humanitarian, inventor

Years active 1938–1999

Known for The Paul Winchell Show What's My Name? Wacky Races Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines Winnie the Pooh The Smurfs

Spouse(s) Dorothy "Dottie" Movitz

Nina Russel (1961–1972)
Jean Freeman (1974–2005)

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