Monday, June 29, 2009

Fred Travalena Dies


The famous impressionist, Fred Travalena who headlined in Vegas dies at age 66.

Fred Travalena would do impressions of musicians, movie stars and even presidents. He covered nearly every president from Kennedy to Obama. He also covered musicians from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen and actors from Marlon Brando to Tom Cruise.

Publicist Roger Neal says Travalena died Sunday at his home in the Encino area after a recurrence of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that first showed itself in 2002.

Travalena was known for the gigantic amount of celebrities he imitated, leading to nicknames like "The Man of a Thousand Voices" and "Mr. Everybody."

The Bronx native started his career in Las Vegas back in 1971.

There aren't many like him, and he will be missed.

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