|Name:||Frederick Albert "Fred" Travelena III|
|Born:||October 6, 1942|
|Died:||June 28, 2009 (age 66)|
|Place of death:||Encino, California|
|Occupation:||Entertainer, Stand-up Comic|
|Known for:||His stand-up comic career|
Frederick Albert "Fred" Travalena III (b. October 6, 1942 - d. June 28, 2009) was an American entertainer, specializing in comedy and impersonations.
Early Life[edit | edit source]
The Bronx, New York-born and Long Island-raised, Travalena had asthma as a child. Growing up, Fred joined a group of tough kids and started making sounds & impressions. He soon moved to Los Angeles and developing multi-faceted characters with his characterizations of visible public figures.
Career[edit | edit source]
His television credits began in the 1970s, as a regular performer on The ABC Comedy Hour, where he once did a split screen impression of John Lennon on one side and Paul McCartney on the other, and the Dean Martin Roasts. He had several voice credits on cartoons, as well as appearances on nationally-broadcast children's programs. Travalena made many guest appearances on game shows and dramatic programs in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. in the mid-1980s, he hosted the game show Anything for Money, a game where contestants attempted to guess how much money it would take an ordinary, unsuspecting person to participate in a silly stunt. In 1986, he appeared with The Huggabug Club star Audrey Landers on Super Password with Bert Convy. In 1989, he appeared as Elvis Presley and Mr. Gibble of Chippie Chipmunks group on a comedy sketch as part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. He made several appearances on the short-lived 1990 edition of Match Game. He appeared in the series premiere of the short-lived 1991 sitcom Good Sports with Ryan O'Neil and Farrah Fawcett. He also impersonated Michael Jackson during the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards to accept the Best Alternative Music Video award on behalf of Nirvana.
He appeared at Casino Theaters in Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City as well as performing arts theaters, cruise ships, and private "in-concert" performances. He took part in a USO tour to entertain troops overseas and was honored in 2004 by Club Italia with a Merit Achievement Award for his contributions to society. Also in 2004, he appeared on Bananas Comedy. He played radio DJ, "Madman Mancuso" in "The Buddy Holly Story".
In 2005, he received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Death[edit | edit source]
Travalena was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002 and prostate cancer in 2003. Following five years' remission, the lymphoma returned in 2008. Travalena died on June 28, 2009, at his home in Encino, California.
During his life, he and his wife credited his battle with cancer as a challenge of their faith in God and a way to help others overcome the same condition.
Shows appeared[edit | edit source]
- Rhyme and Reason
- The Cross-Wits
- Match Game
- Password Plus
- Super Password
- Celebrity Bullseye
- Hollywood Squares
- Body Language
- Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour
- Just Men!
- It Takes Two