1. Frederick Albert “Fred” Travalena III was a U.S. entertainer, specializing in comedy and impressions.
2. Bronx, New York-born and Long Island-raised, Travalena moved to Los Angeles and developed a multifaceted career with his characterizations of visible public figures.
3. 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.
4. Travelena made many guest appearances on game shows and dramatic programs in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
5. 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.
6. Among his guest shots on game shows he was on Super Password, hosted by Bert Convy, with The Huggabug Club star Audrey Landers and was on the short-lived 1990 edition of Match Game several times.
7. In 1989, Travelena played Elvis Presley and Mr. Gibbel of Chippie Chipmunks group in a comedy sketch as part of The Super Mario Bros.
8. He also impersonated Michael Jackson during the 1992 M.T.V. Video Music Awards when he accepted the Best Alternative Music Video award on behalf of Nirvana.
9. He appeared at casino theaters in Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City, as well as performing arts theatres, cruise ships, and private “in-concert” performances.
10. He took part in a U.S.O. tour to entertain troops overseas, and was honored in 2004 by Club Italia with a Merit Achievement Award for his contributions to society.
11. On February 3, 2005, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.
12. Travalena was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2002 and prostate cancer in 2003.
13. During his life, he and his wife credited his battle with cancer as a challenge of their Christian faith and a way to help others overcome the same conditions.