Comedian Jonathan Winters died on Thursday, April 11, at his Montecito, California, home, a business associate told CNN. He was 87. Winters appears here on "The Jonathan Winters Show" in 1956. Click to see more pictures of the man known for his comic irreverence: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Winters attends the TV Land Awards in 2008. Over the years his appearances on various TV shows made him a beloved figure in the entertainment world. Other comedians hailed him as a "genius." Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TV Land
Mickey Rooney, left, and Marvin Kaplan join Winters for a July 2012 screening of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in Beverly Hills, California. Winters stood out in Stanley Kramer's 1963 comedy all-star film as a truck driver who destroys a gas station.
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Karen Kramer, the widow of director Stanley Kramer, and her daughter Kat Kramer embrace Winters at the TV Land Awards in 2008. The late filmmaker helped revive Winters' career after illness with "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TV Land
Robin Williams honors Winters on the TV Land Awards in 2008. Williams has often credited Winters as a big influence. They starred together on the sitcom "Mork & Mindy."
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Winters celebrates turning 80 at an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event in December 2005. Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
Winters, who never had a breakout role, appeared in the 1967 film "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad." Fox Photos/Getty Images
Winters, here circa 1960, started out in nightclubs before becoming popular on television, especially in his appearances on "The Tonight Show." Archive Photos/Getty Images