Paul Winchell, ventriloquist and voice of Tigger, dead at 82 Paul Winchell, the voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh features for more than three decades and a versatile ventriloquist who became a fixture in early children's television along with his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff, died on Friday, June 24, 2005, at his home in Moorpark, Calif. He was 82. Something of a renaissance man, Winchell was also an inventor who held 30 patents, including one for an early artificial heart he built in 1963 and then donated to the University of Utah for research. Dr. Robert Jarvik and other University of Utah researchers later became well-known for the Jarvik-7, which was implanted into patients after 1982. Among Winchell's other inventions were an early disposable razor, a flameless cigarette lighter, an invisible garter belt and an indicator to show when frozen food had gone bad after a power outage. Here, Paul Winchell, right, and Ruth Buzzi are seen on the set of the television show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, in this 1969 photo. Dressed in a dress is dummy Jerry Mahoney.
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