Fred Travalena Passes Away
Fred Travalena, the Las Vegas cutup and latenight TV stalwart known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces,"died Sundayat age 66 after a long battle with cancer.
According to news reports, Fred Travalena passed away at his Encino, Calif., home from nonHodgkins lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with in 2002.
He also was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003, after which the funnyman spent five years in remission before the lymphoma returned last July.
Travalena’s master mimicry ran the fame gamut from Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson, Bugs Bunny, Dr. Ruth, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Springsteen to presidents like JFK and Richard Nixon. He boasted of having nearly 400 voices in his repertoire.
Fred was featured on shows ranging fromThe JetsonsandScoobyDootoThe Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, The Late Show With David LettermanandThe New Hollywood Squares. He also made appearances onLove BoatandFantasy Island.
Fred Travalena is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lois, two sons and a granddaughter. Our condolences go out to his family, as well as to the families and friends of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett,Billy Maysand Michael Jackson.