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Paul Winchell

Winchell (center) with Jerry Mahoney (left) and Knucklehead Smiff (right)
Personal information
Birth namePaul Wilchinsky
Birth dateDecember 21, 1922
Place of birthNew York City, New York, United States
Date of deathJune 24, 2005(age 82)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationVentriloquist, voice actor, inventor
Years active1943-1999
SpouseDorothy "Dottie" Movitz
Nina Russel (1961 1972)
Jean Freeman (1974 2005)

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Paul Winchell (December 21, 1922 - June 24, 2005) was an American ventriloquist, voice actor and comedian, whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1950-1954, he hosted The Paul Winchell Show, which also used two other titles during its prime time run on NBC, The Speidel Show and What's My Name? From 1965-1968, Winchell hosted the children's television series, Winchell-Mahoney Time.

Winchell, who had medical training, was also an inventor, becoming the first person to build and patent a mechanical artificial heart, implantable in the chest cavity (US Patent #3097366). He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television.

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