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Paul Winchell
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Paul Winchell

Paul Winchell (born December 21, 1922), born Paul Wilchen, is a ventriloquist and voice actor whose fame flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. He is also an amateur inventor and he patented an artificial human heart.

The ventriloquist figures for which he is most known include Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. Both figures were carved by Chicago-based figure maker Frank Marshall His later career included a great deal of voice-over acting for animated cartoons, including the Hanna-Barbera character Dick Dastardly. He is best known today for voicing the character Tigger from Disney's Winnie the Pooh films.

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