Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Uncommonly early inscribed signature in blue ballpoint pen on a 4x5-inch pale green autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1950s.  In good condition.  The rotund comedian began his career as a disc jockey on a Dayton, Ohio radio station, but ever so gradually, his irrepressible ad-libs and improvisations took over the show.  His T.V. career began on CBS' "The Garry Moore Show" (1960-1963), where he introduced such imperishable characters as freewheeling senior citizen Maudie Frickett and doltish Elwood P. Suggins, and was thereafter a much-loved talk show comedian and character actor.  After memorable appearances on T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone" (1961) and in the cult classic It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Winters sank into a long spell of depression and alcoholism, and it wasn't until the late 1960s that he was able to revive his career.  He went on to memorable, if not patchy television and film work, including the role of Mearth on the sci-fi-themed sitcom "Mork and Mindy" (1981-1982).  In every role, he was side-splittingly funny, and it's no wonder countless comedians, including Robin Williams, cite him as their prime inspiration for entering the business.