Jonathan Winters Dead at 87

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Jonathan Winters
, the comedic film and TV actor who was huge in the “70s and “80s on shows like “Mork and Mindy,” has died at age 87 … our sources has learned.

Winters died last night of natural causes in Montecito, Calif, around 6:30 p.m., surrounded by friends and family.

Winters” career began when he won a talent contest, which led to radio gigs and appearances at comedy clubs. He was a staple on the late night TV circuit for decades — he was one of Jack Paar”s favorite guests and a Johnny Carson regular — and recorded several classic comedy albums.

He often performed in character … the best known of which was Maude Frickert, the seemingly sweet old lady with a quick and acid wit.

Winters appeared in nearly 50 films and TV shows … including the classic “It”s a “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” … and was a regular on the Saturday morning children”s television program “Hot Dog” in the “70s.

He co-starred with Robin Williams as Mearth — Mork and Mindy”s son … who was hatched from an egg and aged backwards. Think Benjamin Button … but funny.