Comic legend Jonathan Winters died Thursday. A spokesman for the comic and actor said Winters died of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California, surrounded by family and friends. He was 87.
Winters started his career
after winning a talent contest in his home state of Ohio. That led to a number of local radio gigs, and in 1953 he headed to New York in the hopes of making it big. After performing at Manhattan's Blue Angel nightclub, his star was on the rise. He became a regular on the late night talk show circuit, appearing on Jack Paar's, Johnny Carson's and Steve Allen's hit shows.