The real Jonathan Winters was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 11, 1925. After
attending public school in Springfield, he joined the Marine Corps at the age
of seventeen. After serving two-and-a-half years in the South Pacific, he returned
to Ohio and attended Kenyon College.
His interest in art led him to Dayton Art Institute where he studied for over
two years and met the girl who would become his wife, Eileen.
Eileen encouraged Jonathan to enter a local talent contest in Dayton, which
he did, and he won a wrist watch, but the performance led him to a job as an
early morning disc-jockey on radio station WING in Dayton (1946).
This job led him to WBNS-TV in Columbus where he worked for three years. In
1953, Jonathan headed for New York for the "big time" with $56.46
in his pocket. As a performer at Manhattan's Blue Angel nightclub, his reputation
as a comic began to grow. Gary Moore, who was substituting for Arthur Godfrey
on the TV Show "Talent Scouts", presented Jonathan on the show. Then
came the Jack Paar Show, The Steve Allen Show, and The Tonight Show, where Jonathan
was able to demonstrate his comic genius and he became a top name in American
Jonathan and Eileen have two children and five grandchildren. They live in
Santa Barbara, where Jonathan paints and writes when he is not performing. He
is also currently at work on his autobiography.