Paul Winchell was an American ventriloquist, voice actor and inventor. His best-known animation voice roles include Tigger of Disney
's Winnie the Pooh
films, Dick Dastardly of Wacky Races
and Gargamel of Smurfs
. Winchell also invented the artificial heart and, in his later years, produced museum-quality paintings.
His daughter, April Winchell
, is a well-known voice actress in her own right, and runs the comedy blog Regretsy.com
Tropes relating to Paul Winchell:
- Badass Mustache
- Game Show Host: He worked with his puppet, Jerry Mahoney, on the children's game show Runaround in the early 1970s.
- Lost Episode: Tragically, all the surviving episodes of the show Winchell / Mahoney Time were lost when the studio vindictively destroyed all the tapes during a syndication dispute.
- Man of a Thousand Voices