Paul Winchell (1922-2005) 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 The 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: He sported one in his later years.
- 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
- Sad Clown: Winchell had a troubled life off the stage, as revealed in his autobiography. He suffered through an abusive childhood, was involved in multiple strained marriages, and battled depression for most of his life (which culminated in a breakdown that saw him briefly institutionalized). His relationship with his own children was so strained, they were not notified of his death in 2005.