The Original and inspiration for the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87. Winters and his free-for-all brand of humor inspired Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Tracey Ullman and Lily Tomlin, among many others. But Williams and Carrey are his best-known followers. ‘‘Beyond funny, He invented a new category of comedic genius,’’ comedian Albert Brooks tweeted Friday. On Jack Paar’s television show in 1964, Winters was handed a foot-long stick and he swiftly became a fisherman, violinist, lion tamer, canoeist, U.N. diplomat, bullfighter, flutist, delusional psychiatric patient, British headmaster and Bing Crosby’s golf club. Winters’ only Emmy was for best-supporting actor for playing Randy Quaid’s father in the sitcom ‘‘Davis Rules’’ (1991). He was nominated again in 2003 as outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for an appearance on ‘‘Life With Bonnie.’’ He also won two Grammys: One for his work on ‘‘The Little Prince’’ album in 1975 and nother for his ‘‘Crank Calls’’ comedy album in 1996. He also won the Kennedy Center’s second Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 1999, a year after Richard Pryor. He continued to work almost to the end of his life, and to influence new generations of comics. ‘‘No him, no me. No MOST of us, comedy-wise,’’ tweeted comic Patton Oswalt. Winters had made television history in 1956, when RCA broadcast the first public demonstration of color videotape on ‘‘The Jonathan Winters Show.’’ The comedian quickly realized the possibilities, author David Hajdu wrote in The New York Times in 2006. He soon used video technology ‘‘to appear as two characters, bantering back and forth, seemingly in the studio at the same time. You could say he invented the video stunt.’’ My kind of funnyman!