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|image = Paul winchellpic.jpg
 
|image = Paul winchellpic.jpg
|born = Paul Wilchinsky <br>[[December 21]], [[1922]]<br>[[New York City]], [[New York]], [[United States]]
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|born = Paul Wilchinsky<br>[[December 21]], [[1922]]<br>[[New York City]], [[New York]], [[United States]]
|died = [[June 24]], [[2005]] (aged 82)<br> [[Los Angeles]], [[California]], United States
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|died = [[June 24]], [[2005]] (aged 82)<br>[[Los Angeles]], [[California]], United States
 
|cause of death = Natural causes
 
|cause of death = Natural causes
 
|nationality = [[File:Flag of the United States.png|20px]] American
 
|nationality = [[File:Flag of the United States.png|20px]] American
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|years active = [[1938]]-[[1999]]
 
|years active = [[1938]]-[[1999]]
 
|spouse = Dorothy Movitz (divorced)<br>Nina Russel ([[1961]]-[[1972]])<br>Jean Freeman ([[1974]]-[[2005]]; his death)
 
|spouse = Dorothy Movitz (divorced)<br>Nina Russel ([[1961]]-[[1972]])<br>Jean Freeman ([[1974]]-[[2005]]; his death)
|children = [[April Winchell|April]], Stacy, Stephanie, Keith, and Larry }}
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|children = [[April Winchell|April]], Stacy, Stephanie, Keith, and Larry}}
'''Paul Winchell '''was an American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice actor, humanitarian, and inventor who voiced [[Tigger]] in the ''[[Winnie the Pooh (franchise)|Winnie the Pooh]]'' franchise, [[Alley cats|Shun Gon the Chinese Cat]] in ''[[The Aristocats]]'', [[Dinky and Boomer|Boomer]] in ''[[The Fox and the Hound]]'', Gargamel from ''The Smurfs'', and [[Zummi Gummi]] in the first five seasons of ''[[Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears]]''.
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'''Paul Winchell''' was an American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice actor, humanitarian, and inventor who voiced [[Tigger]] in the ''[[Winnie the Pooh (franchise)|Winnie the Pooh]]'' franchise, [[Alley cats|Shun Gon the Chinese Cat]] in ''[[The Aristocats]]'', [[Dinky and Boomer|Boomer]] in ''[[The Fox and the Hound]]'', Gargamel from ''The Smurfs'', and [[Zummi Gummi]] in the first five seasons of ''[[Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears]]''.
   
 
In Winchell's earlier years, he worked as a hypnotist helping people undergo surgery. Winchell had also been an inventor, with some of his ideas being an artificial heart and a flameless cigar lighter. A patent for one of his ideas, a disposable razor, was disapproved on the basis it was considered ridiculous for people to buy razors to throw them away after a single-use. Ironically, that concept would soon become hugely popular.
 
In Winchell's earlier years, he worked as a hypnotist helping people undergo surgery. Winchell had also been an inventor, with some of his ideas being an artificial heart and a flameless cigar lighter. A patent for one of his ideas, a disposable razor, was disapproved on the basis it was considered ridiculous for people to buy razors to throw them away after a single-use. Ironically, that concept would soon become hugely popular.
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Paul Winchell got into show business as a ventriloquist and had his own show called ''The Paul Winchell Show''. He operated multiple puppets, two of his best known were named Knucklehead Smiff and Jerry Mahoney. The Jerry Mahoney puppet now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in [[Washington, D.C.]].
 
Paul Winchell got into show business as a ventriloquist and had his own show called ''The Paul Winchell Show''. He operated multiple puppets, two of his best known were named Knucklehead Smiff and Jerry Mahoney. The Jerry Mahoney puppet now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in [[Washington, D.C.]].
   
During Winchell's time on ''Winnie the Pooh ''and ''Gummi Bears ''in the latter part of the 1980s, he had taken an interest in famine and malnutrition. With actor [[Edward Asner|Ed Asner]], Winchell lobbied Congress to appropriate foreign aid for landlocked nations to encourage the breeding of the tilapia fish, which was a source of protein and could survive in different types of waters. Although well researched, their idea was ultimately disapproved as it was felt aquaculture in Third World nations that lacked access to the ocean was inadvisable.
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During Winchell's time on ''Winnie the Pooh'' and ''Gummi Bears'' in the latter part of the 1980s, he had taken an interest in famine and malnutrition. With actor [[Edward Asner|Ed Asner]], Winchell lobbied Congress to appropriate foreign aid for landlocked nations to encourage the breeding of the tilapia fish, which was a source of protein and could survive in different types of waters. Although well researched, their idea was ultimately disapproved as it was felt aquaculture in Third World nations that lacked access to the ocean was inadvisable.
   
 
Paul Winchell was married three times, fathering five children. Through his second marriage to British actress Nina Russel, he had a daughter, [[April Winchell]], who later became a voice actress herself.
 
Paul Winchell was married three times, fathering five children. Through his second marriage to British actress Nina Russel, he had a daughter, [[April Winchell]], who later became a voice actress herself.
   
 
==Disney Roles==
 
==Disney Roles==
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Tigpic.png|'''[[Tigger]]'''<br>''[[Winnie the Pooh (franchise)|Winnie the Pooh]]''<br>(1968–1999)
 
Tigpic.png|'''[[Tigger]]'''<br>''[[Winnie the Pooh (franchise)|Winnie the Pooh]]''<br>(1968–1999)
 
Shun Gon.jpg|'''[[Alley cats|Shun Gon]]'''<br>(''[[The Aristocats]]'')
 
Shun Gon.jpg|'''[[Alley cats|Shun Gon]]'''<br>(''[[The Aristocats]]'')
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==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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Winch1.jpg|Paul Winchell autograph photo with Tigger.
 
Winch1.jpg|Paul Winchell autograph photo with Tigger.
 
</gallery>
 
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Revision as of 17:14, May 17, 2020

 

Paul Winchell was an American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice actor, humanitarian, and inventor who voiced Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh franchise, Shun Gon the Chinese Cat in The AristocatsBoomer in The Fox and the Hound, Gargamel from The Smurfs, and Zummi Gummi in the first five seasons of Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears.

In Winchell's earlier years, he worked as a hypnotist helping people undergo surgery. Winchell had also been an inventor, with some of his ideas being an artificial heart and a flameless cigar lighter. A patent for one of his ideas, a disposable razor, was disapproved on the basis it was considered ridiculous for people to buy razors to throw them away after a single-use. Ironically, that concept would soon become hugely popular.

Paul Winchell got into show business as a ventriloquist and had his own show called The Paul Winchell Show. He operated multiple puppets, two of his best known were named Knucklehead Smiff and Jerry Mahoney. The Jerry Mahoney puppet now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C..

During Winchell's time on Winnie the Pooh and Gummi Bears in the latter part of the 1980s, he had taken an interest in famine and malnutrition. With actor Ed Asner, Winchell lobbied Congress to appropriate foreign aid for landlocked nations to encourage the breeding of the tilapia fish, which was a source of protein and could survive in different types of waters. Although well researched, their idea was ultimately disapproved as it was felt aquaculture in Third World nations that lacked access to the ocean was inadvisable.

Paul Winchell was married three times, fathering five children. Through his second marriage to British actress Nina Russel, he had a daughter, April Winchell, who later became a voice actress herself.

Disney Roles

Gallery

Trivia

  • Winchell's co-star, John Fiedler (voice of Piglet) passed away the following day on June 25, 2005, at the age of 80. A day after Winchell's death.
  • Winchell and His puppet Jerry Mahoney masqueraded as Romeo and Juliet in the short-lived game show, Storybook Squares.
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