Join Horace Heidt Jr. as he explores the exciting world of, entertainer Fred Travalena, on America Swings Radio.
Frederick Albert “Fred” Travalena III (October 6, 1942 – June 28, 2009) was a U.S. entertainer, specializing in comedy and impressions.
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.
Travelena 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 (1984–85), a game where contestants attempted to guess how much money it would take an ordinary, unsuspecting person to participate in a silly stunt.
Among his guest shots on game shows he was on Super Password, hosted by Bert Convy, with The Huggabug Club star Audrey Landers, as well as Body Language, hosted by Tom Kennedy, and was on the short-lived 1990 edition of Match Game several times.
In 1989, Travelena played Elvis Presley and Mr. Gibbel of Chippie Chipmunks group in a comedy sketch as part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. He guest starred in the series premiere of the short-lived 1991 sitcom Good Sports with Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett. 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.
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. 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. Also in 2004, he appeared on Bananas Comedy. He played radio D.J. “Madman Mancuso” in The Buddy Holly Story.
On February 3, 2005, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.