Paul Winchell

Paul Winchell

Date Of Birth: Dec 21, 1922
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Date Of Death: Jun 24, 2005
Cause Of Death: Natural causes

Popularity: 65th All Time, 531st This Week

Trivia & Fun Facts:

Father of April Winchell.

Winchell was also an amateur inventor, becoming the first person to build and patent a mechanical, artificial heart, implantable in the chest cavity (US Patent #3097366).

He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television.

Won a Grammy for his performance in Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.

Following Winchell's retirement, Jim Cummings permanently took over the role of Tigger starting with The Tigger Movie in 2000.

In commercials, he voiced the character of Burger Chef for the fast food chain of the same name, the Scrubbing Bubbles for Dow Chemicals and Mr. Owl for Tootsie Roll Pops.

Some of the other devices he invented and patented include a disposable razor, a blood plasma defroster, a flameless cigarette lighter, an "invisible" garter belt, a fountain pen with a retractable tip and battery-heated gloves.

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THE VOICES OF Paul Winchell

Credits On BTVA: 60 Roles from 36 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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Shaun Ince
said at 6:02 AM on Mon Aug 1 2016
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My favorite Paul Winchell role is definitely Dick Dastardly. Wacky Races & Dick Dastardly & their Flying Machines were two Hanna Barbera shows I watched alot of back in my childhood & it's the role I associate the most with. His Tigger was also great as well.
said at 12:46 PM on Mon Dec 21 2015
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Happy Birthday and RIP Paul Winchell!

He was an amazing voice actor, one that was very fun to listen to growing up.

Tigger is without a doubt my favourite role of his, so funny, so energetic, just about perfect in the role. It was awesome that he was the original Disney voice and kept voicing him till the late nineties.

I also loved his performances as Gargamel, Dick Dastardly, Silvermane and Mr. Owl.

It's also pretty cool that invented the original artificial heart patent and numerous other inventions too.
said at 9:22 AM on Mon Dec 21 2015
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Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Dick Dastardly, Mr. Owl, Tigger, Gargamel, Shun Gon, Clyde from The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Bubi Bear, Sam-I-Am and Guy from Dr. Suess on the Loose, and Zummi Gummi.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:04 PM on Tue Dec 23 2014
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I still can't get over the fact that Paul "Tigger" Winchell not only made an artificial heart but the first one. That's so cool
said at 7:32 AM on Mon Dec 22 2014
I didn't even notice he was Mr. Owl from the tootsie pop commercials until now...
said at 9:35 PM on Sun Dec 21 2014
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Happy Birthday Paul. My biggest reason for being a voice actor, and one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived.

May you rest in peace.
said at 5:32 AM on Sun Dec 21 2014
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Happy Birthday Dick Dastardly, Tigger and Gargamel
said at 8:54 PM on Mon Sep 29 2014
Would you pronounce his surname as "Win-Chal" or "Win-Shell"?
said at 12:38 AM on Sat Dec 20 2014
@CuriousUserX90 "Win-Chal" I suppose. (Pity you can't delete or edit comments on BTVA).
said at 5:03 PM on Sat May 17 2014
The brilliant acting roles of this man as Dick Dastardly, Tigger, Bubi, Zummi Gummi, Marmaduke, Gargamel and Clyde are the gate to the career and life of truly, truly talented and kind-hearted soul.

His whole career which started from Major Bowers radio contest in the 1930s up to playing Dick Dastardly. His wonderful ''Winchell and Mahoney Time''. His roles on ''The Beverly Hillbillies'', ''Brady Bunch'' and ''The Dick Van Dyke Show''.

It's a blessing that he overcame all of his early life problems. Some people say that he could be very moody and times, but whatever you read about this man. Know that deep down he was a good person, who endured a lot, and do not judge him but hope that one day you will be judged by him. His daughter April once said that one time when they were having dinner at a restaurant, several fans came to his table asking for his autograph and praising him. He stood up and graciously conversed with every one of them. When she asked him why he did that, he told her: "Do you like the food? Do you like your clothes? All this is thanks to those people.
said at 2:59 PM on Tue Apr 8 2014
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Without this man, I would seriously not even be here. Paul is not only one of my favorite voice actors, he's one of my favorite entertainers, People in general, and my biggest inspiration in the business. I know people will say that Mel Blanc or Frank Welker inspired them the most in the voice acting industry, but Paul is the reason I'm even interested in the entertainment industry.

When I was 7 years old I discovered Paul Winchell was a ventriloquist as well as the voice of Tigger, so I started learning more about Paul, and the horrible life that he had was just heart breaking to read about. An insane mother, he was in the hospital a lot of his life, but he pushed through and got into ventriloquism. Paul not only knew how to entertain children, but he knew how to entertain anybody.

If you were sad Paul always knew how to put a smile on your face no matter what. Paul was an underrated genius, a wonderful entertainer, a brilliant ventriloquist and voice actor, and I can not thank him enough for getting me interested in this industry. R.I.P. Paul you deserve it after all you have given us.
said at 10:30 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
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A brilliant voice for characters but his best was Dick Dastardly & Tigger. RIP Paul.
said at 9:53 AM on Tue Sep 24 2013
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wow I so loved his voice. Let us never forget the voic actors who came before us.
said at 1:06 AM on Fri Aug 31 2012
R.I.P what a brilliant voice actor! He couldn't have done Gargamel better than he did
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Paul Winchell role? *
67.6% (25 votes)
Dick Dastardly
24.3% (9 votes)
5.4% (2 votes)
2.7% (1 vote)
37 Total Votes
Listen to other actors who have also voiced the following Paul Winchell characters.
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Zummi Gummi
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