Paul Winchell (December 21, 1922 - June 24, 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 used to run the now-discontinued 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 NBC children's game show Runaround (produced by Heatter-Quigley, which also co-produced Wacky Races') in the early 1970s.
- 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.