Memory of Fred Travalena
6, 1942 - June 28, 2009
Harrell - Well Miss You
I remember seeing you on the Tonight Show when I was a kid.
. .my folks let me stay up late, and you absolutely cracked
me up. None of my friends knew who you were -- Fred Trava-who?
-- but I remember talking about you at school and your amazing
talent. Rest in peace, Fred. . .
Bergen - When I met Fred
I got to meet Fred twice. The fist time I was working as
a puppeteer at Magic Mountain. MM at the time was using
characters called Shirt Tails. Fred hired us to come to
his house in Encino for one of his kids birthday parties.
I told Fred I was interested in doing voices for cartoons
and he was very generous with his advice and time. The next
time I met Fred he was performing a Scooby Doo cartoon at
Hanna Barbara. It was a Sinatra type character called Dooby
Dooby Doo. He was great! And again, very generous. I never
got to work with him. Wish I had! Bob Bergen
Cantrell - RIP
Thanks for all the years of laughter. Rest in peace. Your
suffering on this earth is over.
- TV Shows.
I used to enjoyed watching Fred Travalena on KopyKats and
other shows. He was very funny. Good imitations of the Presidents.
He will be missed.
f. king - Making people laugh.
I did not know him per say but boy was he funny, He will
surely be missed. God Blesss him and his family.
Kovach - Thanks So Much
So sorry to hear that you are gone. I was fortunate to have
Fred perform for a small group of us at the 1988 Republican
Convention in New Orleans with your fantastic impression
of Ronald Reagan and so many others. You will truly be missed
Moore - Coolest & Nicest
I met Fred the first time at his son Cory's wedding. I complimented
him on a great speech which shined with his connection to
Christ. He complimented me on the beauty of my daughter.
I saw him again last Thanksgiving, and we spent hours talking.
I felt like he was so interesting, and admired him for his
courage in dealing with cancer. Until today I had no idea
he was 8 years older than I; even without hair and with
cancer he looked as young as me. He again complimented me
on the beauty of my daughter that evening, and as for as
I am concerned he made that the best Thanksgiving of my
life. Last month I received a message from mutual friends
that Fred was in the hospital again. I went to visit him
two days in a row, and again we really had a fun, nice and
interesting time together. I didn't go back, because when
I would make him laugh it caused him pain. What I wrote
in an Email yesterday, was of the six famous people who
died this past week I thought he was the coolest and the
nicest. I stand by that statement, and though I wish we
had had more time together this past year, I am happy to
know that he and I can talk as much as we want for all of
eternity. It's easy not to be sad when I know Fred is in
heaven; not like when people just say someone is in a better
place. I know that Fred is! It was a pleasure to know you
Boinus - an unbelievable talent
I was friends with Fred over the last 10 or 12 years his
talent was unbelievable....songwriter, dancer, singer, comedian
and one of the finest impersonators ever to appear on stage.
Fred and I would have breakfast at I hop in Encino his wit
and timing would keep me laughing for hours. God has him
now and were better off for the laughter he gave us......Rest
in Peace Fred I know where ever you are It's a better place
Horvath - Rest In Peace
Growing up I remember Mr Travalena as being the best impersonator
I had ever seen! More than anything for me he was part of
the classic entertainment that is gone now...Rest in peace
Fred, We Love You.....
Pishner (Clarksburg, WV) - Italian Festival Memories of
Just a few years ago, Fred came to Clarksburg,WV and did
a great show for the Labor Day Weekend West Virginia Italian
Heritage Festival. He was a very kind person, wonderfully
entertaining and easy to work with. His talent and ability
to put laughter in the air will be missed. Our condolences
go to his family and friends. Fred, may you make all of
heaven rejoice with great laughter!
Hayes - I will miss you, Fred
My favorite Fred Travelena moment was from his 1978 TV special.
Fred (with guest Pat Harrington) were trying to perform
a sketch called "The Welk Brothers." Fred later stated that
the two of them kept cracking up each other so much, that
the sketch ended up on the cutting room floor! However,
this rare footage was saved, and has been featured numerous
times on several "blooper" shows. (If anyone still has this
"blooper" footage, I would love to see it posted again.)
Fred was one of my inspirations for becoming a performer,
and I will miss him dearly.
Brian Schwartz - A Man in the Leagues of Blanc, Butler and
I've recently browsed by many websites and passed by YouTube
that linked to the show "Anything for Money," a TV show
hosted by Fred. I used to watch him as a little child growing
up in Wisconsin and he was downright funny not only as a
comedian, but suprisingly as a game show host! As an impressionist
and a man whose voice characterizations were right on the
money! In the company leagues of Mel Blanc, Daws Butler
and Don Messick, he is truly a legend himself that will
always inspire me to follow in his footsteps. May the Good
Lord God bless him and hold a special place in heaven. A
special man with a special talent, he will always be in
my thoughts! My condolences and prayers to his family and
friends in celebrating the life of Fred Travalena.
Kirby - Remembering listening to Fred
I remember listening to Fred Travalena since I was a young
man, I have enjoyed his impressions He was Hilarious, it
is not too often you can find good comedy the whole family
I met Fred back in 1967 / 68 at the Top Hat Club in Franklyn
Square L.I. Every Wed. night the club would have a contest
where singers, dancers, comic, impressionists would compete
for a paid weekend gig. Well, this one Wed. night, both
Fred and I were in the back dressing room getting ready
to perform and Fred told me how nervous he was. I was a
few years younger then him, and I told him in my best Brooklyn
accent, don't be nervous, its a piece of cake. Next thing
I hear is the MC introduce me.
club had a piano player, by the name of Ed Cooper, to accompany
all the performers. Well, I came out and did a Dean Martin
song, and seemed to do pretty good. I felt pretty sure of
myself...that is until the MC introduced Fred Travalena.
Fred came out and sang a song from Don Quixote or something
like that. Then went on to do impressions..Rod Steiger and
so many more. Fred won this gig hands down and rightfully
so. He was GREAT ! He went on to do TV game shows, Vegas
and so much more. It's sad to see him leave this world.
And my condolences go out to his lovely wife and family.
Fred Martin - One more gone
It was my privilege to visit Fred at home and while in the
hospital over these last several weeks and I had opportunities
to share times of fellowship, encouragement and prayer with
him. During one of our visits, I shared with Fred that "our"
name means "peacemaker." Fred Travalena was truly a man
of peace who knew the "Prince of Peace."
admirer - One more gone
Another day brings news of another sad loss. Your performances
and delightful sense of gentle humor will be missed. May
it be a comfort to your family to know that fans everywhere
are sharing their grief. May you rest in peace, Fred.
from Wichita - The Kopykats
Will someone PLEASE get this wonderful "Summer replacement"
show onto DVD. Marilyn Michaels and Frank Gorshin, and the
magnificent Fred Travalena and others created a comedy revue
that has NEVER been duplicated.
MURPHY - ONE OF A KIND!
HE WAS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MEN IN SHOW BUSINESS, RIGHT,
UP THERE WITH MY CANADIAN BUDDY RICH LITTLE.
passow - Laugher is the best medicine
thanks for the laughs of all of your voice impressions even
the presidents . you'll be in my heart til the i pass on.
now go to heaven an give the best laughter you can give
up at the pearly gates. i'll miss you. i'll miss you.
Donnelly - Thanks for the laughs in US Army Basic Training
This guy should be in show business! That was the thought
of about 200 of us in Company O at Fort Dix, NJ, May-July
1964, when Pvt. Travalena irreverantly imitated the drill
sergents, making many of our days brighter. As years passed,
I often wondered about him, until one night on TV, there's
Fred Travalena hosting his own TV show! Newly married but
home alone I ran out banging on the neighbors doors to have
them tune Fred in and share my excitement. He was such a
regular guy, I clearly remember him thanking his Family
and others at the close of the show. I regret not seeing
him again in person, but was surely fortunate for that brief
stint. God Bless you Fred, and Family.