Jonathan Winters was remembered as a pioneer on Friday, as a number of comedians and actors took to Twitter to eulogize the veteran comic who died at the age of 87 on Thursday night in Southern California.
"Goodbye, Jonathan Winters," tweeted Steve Martin shortly after the news of Winters' death began to spread. "You were not only one of the greats, but one of the great greats."
"Comedy loses a KING!" added Pee-wee Herman. "Jonathan was an influence on so many and there was nobody like him. Loved you, Jonathan!"
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Harry Shearer: "RIP the celestially brilliant Jonathan Winters. I had the wacky privilege of working with him in a film once. Rubber-legged, me."
Patton Oswalt: "No him, no me. No MOST of us, comedy-wise, come to think of it."
Rosie O'Donnell: "Jonathan Winters - true comic genius - i was lucky to work with him on the Tlintstones movie - a wonderful man – rip"
Steve Carell: "Jonathan Winters was wildly funny."
Kevin Pollak: "Had a great run. Actual genius."
Robert Klein: "Jonathan Winters was one of the greatest comedians of all time. I absolutely loved him and his work. Farewell you genius."
Roseanne Barr: "Hail hail a genius has vacated this realm - Jonathan Winters revolutionary comedian-revolutionary mind. RIP."
Kelly Monteith: "I am truly saddened by the passing of Jonathan Winters, a true comedic genius and enormous influence on me and generations of comedians."
French Stewart: "Jonathan Winters passed away. He was a gentle giant and a beautiful person."
Ruth Buzzi: "Jonathan Winters, an amazingly inventive comedy giant, a generous genius, you shared humor everywhere, not just on TV, and we all loved you."
Michael McKean: The great Jonathan Winters did all he could with this reality…next!"