(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) Jonathan Winters, whose range of comic characters and talent for mimicry vaulted him to stardom, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Montecito, Calif., a family friend told the Associated Press.

Winters recorded a series of comedy albums, which garnered him one Grammy award and 10 nominations. Regarded as the father of modern improvisational, character-oriented comedy, he earned an Emmy Award in 1991 for his supporting role in the Randy Quaid ABC-CBS sitcom Davis Rules, playing a grandfather raising three sons.

Winters received the Kennedy Center’s second Mark Twain honor for humor in 2000. His wide range of characters was highlighted by his portrayal of Maude Frickert, a plump old woman with round glasses and a perverse sense of propriety (Frickert was once the subject of a kooky installment of This Is Your Life in 1971). She was a precursor to Dana Carvey’s Church Lady character on Saturday Night Live.

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