Washington: Jonathan Winters, the comedy film and TV actor hugely popular in the `70s and `80s on shows like ` Mork and Mindy,` died on Thursday. He was 87.
He died of natural causes in Montecito, California, around 6:30 pm while surrounded by his pals and family members, TMZ.com reported.
His career in the showbiz 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 and was one of Jack Paar`s favourite guests and a Johnny Carson regular.
Winters also suffered 2 nervous breakdowns in the late `50s and early `60s and he was institutionalized voluntarily.
He was diagnosed with manic depression and spoke openly about it, going as far as joking about it in his comedy act.
Winters - a Native American - won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor , which was presented to him at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2000.
Winters appeared in about 50 films and TV shows, and he was a regular on the Saturday morning kids TV program `Hot Dog` in the `70s.