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Mel Winkler

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Mel Winkler
Born(1941-10-23)October 23, 1941
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
💀DiedJune 11, 2020(2020-06-11) (aged 78)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.June 11, 2020(2020-06-11) (aged 78)[1]
Resting placeRiverside National Cemetery
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1969–2008
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Mel Winkler (October 23, 1941 – June 11, 2020) was an American actor, perhaps best known as the voice of Aku Aku in the Crash Bandicoot video games, from Crash Bandicoot: Warped to Crash Twinsanity.

Early life[edit]

Winkler was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 23, 1941.[1]


In 1969, Winkler began a tap dancing career in Anything Goes. In 1970s and 1980s, He moved to New York City. Though Winkler mostly appeared in minor live-action roles, such as Melvin in Doc Hollywood,[2] in 1978 he appeared in a two-show Anything Goes as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and West Side Story as Action. He also spent time on Broadway, appearing in The Great White Hope in 1968, in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone in 1988 and in Neil Simon's Proposals from 1997 to 1998.[3][4] He is the voice of the guardian mask Aku Aku in the Crash Bandicoot series, Lucius Fox in The New Batman Adventures and Johnny Snowman in the TV series Oswald. In 2004, he appeared in The Tap Dance Kid as Dipsey.


Winkler died in his sleep on June 11, 2020. The cause of his death was not disclosed.[1] The video game Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is dedicated to his memory.



Year Title Role Notes
1972 Across 110th Street 7-11 Club Manager
1973 The Filthiest Show in Town Man from Feces Segment: "Commercials"
1977 The Day the Music Died J.J. Documentary film
1991 Convicts Jackson Hall
Doc Hollywood Melvin
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Joppy
1996 City Hall Detective Albert Holly
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Frank Naville
2005 Coach Carter Coach White
2008 The Disciple Father Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1969–70 The Doctors Dr. Simon Harris 68 episodes[5]
1971 Mística Mario Morales TV Movie
1974–90 Unique New York Eugene recurring roles
1975–90 Wubbulous Jukebox
1977–89 The Letter People
1986 As the World Turns Leonard Franklin 1 episode
1994 Madman of the People Sandman Episode: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Christmas"
1995 Star Trek: Voyager Jack Hayes[6] Episode: "The 37's"
1996 Babylon 5 Reverend Will Dexter Episode: "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"
Superman: The Animated Series Commissioner Henderson[7] (voice) Episode: "Feeding Time"
1997–99 The New Batman Adventures Lucius Fox[7] (voice) 4 episodes
2001 The Invisible Man Walter Episode: "Going Postal"
2002 Oswald Johnny the Snowman[7] (US voice) recurring role
2004 NYPD Blue Lonnie Parker Episode: "Common Knowledge"
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Logan Killicks TV Movie
2005 Numbers Vincent Episode: "Counterfeit Reality"
2005 The Shield Maurice Webster Episode: "Doghouse"
2005 Blind Justice Lester Episode: "In Your Face"
2007 Girlfriends Foster Episode: "Operation Does She Yield"
2007 The Unit Avery Flowers Episode: "Gone Missing"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
1998 Crash Bandicoot: Warped Aku Aku [7]
1999 Crash Team Racing [7]
2001 Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex [7]
2003 Crash Nitro Kart [7]
2004 Crash Twinsanity [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Mel Winkler, Actor in 'Devil in a Blue Dress' and 'Doc Hollywood,' Dies at 78". Hollywood Reporter. June 11, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  2. Maslin, Janet (1991-08-02). "Review/Film; A Hollywood Doctor In American Squashland". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  3. "Stars We've Lost in 2020". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  4. Shafer, Ellise (2020-06-11). "'Devil in a Blue Dress' Actor Mel Winkler Dies at 78". Variety. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  5. "Mel Winkler".
  6. Gross, Edward; Altman, Mark A. (1996). "Voyager: Season Two Episode Guide". Captains' Logs Supplemental: The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages. London: Little, Brown and Company. p. 154. ISBN 0-316-88354-9. Search this book on
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 "Mel Winkler". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 18, 2019.

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