Paul Winchell was an American actor.


Born Paul Wilchinsky in New York City, he became interested in ventriloquism from the age of 13 and became renown for his dummy characters Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff as well as Ozwald, a character created by special effects. He later hosted a number of childrens shows as well as appearing on The Donna Reed Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

However Winchell gained his greatest popularity as a voice actor, playing such characters as Dick Dastardly and Gargamel, as well as performing the original voice of Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh franchise. Outside of acting, he gained a number of patents, most notably for developing an artificial heart.

Winchell passed away in 2005.


As well as singing in his early, variety career, Winchell sang in several of his voice roles, performing "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and part of "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" in The Aristocats.


Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)

  • The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (solo)

The Tiny Tree (1975)

  • Tell It To A Turtle (solo)

Halloween Night Is Grinch Night (1977)

  • Grinch Is Gonna Get You/Members of the Un-human race/The Spooks Tour Finale


Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1956)

  • The Typing Song (solo)

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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