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