Paul Winchell

On this date in 1922, Paul Winchell was born in New York, N.Y. He briefly attended Columbia University to study pre-med, beginning when he was 35, and graduated from the Acupuncture Research College of Los Angeles in 1974. Winchell became a talented ventriloquist, achieving fame for the popular children’s television shows “The Paul Winchell Show” (1950–1954) and “Winchell-Mahoney Time” (1965–1968). He was also a voice actor, most notably providing the voice of the memorable animated character Tigger for the television show “Winnie the Pooh” (1968–1999). Winchell’s voice has also appeared in “The Fox and the Hound” (1981) and “The Smurfs” (1984–1986), and he has appeared as a guest star on shows such as “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962) and “The Brady Bunch” (1971). In 1974, he won a Grammy for best children’s recording of the year for his voice acting in “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too” (1974). Winchell was also an inventor who patented 30 inventions, including the first artificial heart in 1963, which was used for research at the University of Utah. Winchell’s books include Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit (1954) and his autobiography Winch (2004). He married his third wife, Jean Freeman, in 1974, and they have five children, including actress April Winchell. D. 2005

Winchell authored the book God 2000: Religion Without the Bible (1982), which discusses bible contradictions and disputes the existence of a biblical god. He wrote: “It is essential to understand that true freedom of Religion must include freedom from Religion.”

“It is my contention that no other invention of man has brought greater chaos to humanity than the practice of religion.”

—Paul Winchell, God 2000, 1982.

Compiled by Sabrina Gaylor

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