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RIP Fred Travalena

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by tommyp, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. tommyp

    tommyp Member


    This is unreal. Who's next????
  2. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member


    This one hurts the most.

    In the late 70s/early 80s, when you had Fred Travalena on a game show (Pyramid, Password, Tattle Tales, Match Game), you had a guaranteed hilarious week of television. Guaranteed.

    On Monday, you'd be happy to see Fred and, by Friday, sad the week of taping was over.

    Darn it.
  3. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    I was going to ask a different question: Who's that?

    Death sure is working its way down the celebrity ladder. Ralph Macchio is probably pissing his pants right now.
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I have no idea who this person is, but cancer is a bitch. At least he's not in pain.
  5. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    Travalena was an impressionist, for those too young to remember. He was on game shows and made guest appearances. Fred, Rich Little, et al were the guys who did impressions of public figures before Carvey, Caliendo and others came around.
  6. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

  7. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    You'd probably be correct in saying Travalena was a poor man's Rich Little, but he was still very entertaining when I would see him in various TV appearances. For anyone who remembers "The Buddy Holly Story," with Gary Busey, he played the DJ who locked himself in his studio while playing Holly's first single over and over.

    Him and Danny Gans are probably doing an impressionists' showdown for the Big Man right now. RIP.
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    He was "MAD MAN MANCUSO" in the Buddy Holly Story. For a while I'd get him confused with Leno.
    Man - I don't know what the Jerry Lewis Telethon is going to look like on Labor Day. Surprised I didn't see Jerry Lewis on any of the Ed McMahon coverage.
    RIP Fred.
  9. BNWriter

    BNWriter Active Member

    I'm beginning to wonder who's next myself. We have had 5 celeb deaths in the last week -- big names mostly -- spooky.

    Loved watching Fred on game shows. RIP
  10. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    Last time I saw Travelena, he was on one of those religious channels doing his schtick (obviously clean). He apparently converted to Christianity late in life, but kept doing comedy.
  11. Bad Guy Zero

    Bad Guy Zero Active Member

    And somehow Gary Busey has managed to stay alive long enough to celebrate his 65th birthday today.
  12. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    RIP Man of 1,000 Faces.
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