Memory of Fred Travalena
6, 1942 - June 28, 2009
Leigh - My Dinner with Fred Travalena
Linguine and clams
a table for two
A bottle of red
It wont be Encino
way up in the blue
me a place, Fred
Im so missing you. (Make that a table
for three, Fred. Ask Russ Columbo to join us. He can answer
all those questions you and I debated down here.)
and Laura - Thanks for the laughs
WE remember watching him on Merv Griffin, Tonight Show w/
Johnny and Jay, and the best was the Impressionists with
Frank Gorshen, Rich Little, and many other artists. Fred
will be missed very much. He was one of the very best. Our
condolences to his family.
CUSHMAN - THANK YOU
YOU MADE ME LAUGH WHEN NOTHING WAS FUNNY ONE OF THE VERY
FEW BEST WHAT A GUY WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN, MAYBE YOU CAN
DO A LITTLE MOSES FOR ME. LOVE YA JC
- Our Loss
With Fred\'s passing we have just lost 1000 friends. God
Alper - Mike Douglas show
Lois, Fred was a very special man. As you know I had the
honor of working with him through Radio City Music Hall.
He was one of the hardest working people I have ever had
the pleasure to meet. He was also one of the kindest. Being
around him was a real joy. I find myself priveledged to
have known him. Love, Steve Alper
- Mike Douglas show
Hi Saw Fred back in the 70s on the Mike Douglas show when
he was first starting out. Have been a fan ever since.
Westergaard - My crush...
How sad I was to hear about Fred\'s passing. While I hadn\'t
seen him on tv for awhile, nor did I know about his illness,
the memory of my young girl crush is still very fresh. I
remember watching him on the Tonight Show and also I believe
on a revamped To Tell the Truth, and even as an adult I
was in love with him. He never lost his boyish charm, the
twinkle in his eye, or his dimples, and he never lost the
voices that no one could do better. We have lost so many
wonderful people in the last couple of weeks, and even though
they are all part of my childhood or young teens, none will
be missed, or loved, more than Fred. My heart goes out to
his family, friends, and all of the others like me who loved
him from a distance. God Bless you Fred. You\'ll have good
company to welcome you home.
Siciliano - just heard
My prayers and thoughts go out to the family Fred was a
class act and will be in great company in the big show up
in heaven with all the greats. Was a sad day.Rest in Peace
to Great man.God speed.
I remember Fred being a very funny and very talented comedian.
He will be missed. RIP Fred.
AL - Thanks
Thanks Fred for all the great moments you entetained and
enjoyed with us. From the first time that I saw you in \"The
Buddy Holly Story\" through all of your guest spots, roasts,
live stand-up gigs and saying \"hi!\" in Ralphs Gelson\'s
of Thrifty\'s you will be remembered as a class act and
- He will be missed
I LOVED seeing Fred on shows like "Match Game" and others
when I was a kid. I always knew he was a special talent.
So sorry to hear about his passing....he was one of the
greats and will be sorely missed...
Hague, Fred's Web Master - It was an honor to know you
"I guess heaven needs more laughs. Fred, I will continue
the work we set out to do, saving innocent lives.
You'll be helping me in spirit now. Whatever you need me
to...I know you will whisper it into my ear.
Chihota - Condolences
Fred buddy,I know how much you loved your dad. My Condolences
to you and your Family.
S. - An Early Influence
What a loss. I remember Fred on the old Gene Rayburn Match
Game Show. I was just a kid but his voices and faces made
me laugh so hard my mother used to come rushing into the
room wondering what was wrong with me. That was more than
thirty years ago and I still love his line about no one
recognizing him as Fred. Everyone always thought he was
Paul McCartney or Tug McGraw when they saw him on the street.
Im a trial lawyer now and still think of his voices and
faces when I have to make a jury smile or laugh. My thoughts
are with his family.
Bowen - Big Deal in the 70's
I remember being a child of the 70's & growing
up with Fred on my tV. He was funny without being dirty
He was a very talented man. Best wishes to his family. Cancer
Malueg - Title for your Thoughts
Share your Memories I remember Fred for his kindness he
gave our pow and mia's in Western Wisconsin in Prescott,
Wisconsin. He released a BAld Eagle in Freedom park. And
came for the dedication of our Freedom park and to bring
a print back home to Prescott, Wisconsin. We in Prescott
will always remember Fred and be Thankful for what he has
done for our town.
Travalena-DelGiudice - A Life Time of Memories...
From the time I was 11 years old, my mom started sending
me out to my "California family" to spend summer vacations
with my Uncle Freddy, Aunt Lois, cousins Freddy and Cory.
I don't have one specific memory...I have thousands. Waking
up early mornings eating burnt toast and eggs and realizing
that I get my "cook it till its unrecognizable" ways from
my uncle. Spending Fourth of July up in Arrowhead, clearing
off the side of the hill..always thinking "I can't believe
my aunt and uncle are giving me chores!" my uncle's homemade
pizza that blew away any NY pizza that I had ever had. growing
up being so proud every time I would see my uncle do what
he loved to do..making people laugh! The countless day trips
that my aunt and uncle would plan for us as kids..and would
continue to plan as we grew up into annoying teenagers.
The day my uncle received his star on the Walk of Fame..the
look of accomplishment that he had the entire day..being
there with my entire family to celebrate! My wedding day
(Sept 2007) my Uncle Freddy reading a passage about marriage
and love just before I said my vows. March 2009..a week
of my life that I am so blessed to have experienced...time
spend with my aunt and uncle, chemo, radiation, Saint Patty's
Day, laughs, family, conversations about hope and never
giving up...my uncle telling me how proud of me and the
type of person I had become...so many memories, so much
love, so many laughs..such a wonderful person and my life
will forever be touched by all that he brought into my childhood
and into my life as an adult. I love you Uncle Freddy and
miss you with all my heart.
Grady - I am very sadden by this news
I have been a fan of Freds for many years. I never got to
see him in person, but I watched him on TV every chance
I got. Not only was he very talented and great entertainer,
he was also a Christian and I saw things he did on CBN.
I am glad his suffering is over and he is with the Lord,
but my prayers go out to his family and friends. We will
miss this very talented man who gave us many years of entertainment.
Whiting - My 3-minutes with Fred
In June of 2008 my wife and I took an Alaskan cruise. Much
to our suprise, Fred Travalena was the headlining entertaner.
We enjoyed his show very much. A couple of days later, as
my wife and I were walking around in one of the small Alaskan
ports we came up on Fred and his guest. Fred was very nice
as he took the time to listen to me as I told him we enjoyed
his show and that way back in the 1970's I sat in on a "Gong
Show" taping and Fred was one of the 3 judges that day.
He was very kind and didnt seem to mind the interruption
at all. He even complimented my wifes jewelry. My wife and
i walked away saying what a very nice man Fred seemed to
Verzi - We will miss Fred!
Fred will always be missed! I was so sad to hear hear of
his passing. He was such a kind man nd and always made us
laugh and smile. We are having a tribute for Fred on our
radio morninf show. Fred will forever be in our hearts!
Howell - Gone but Never Forgotten
What a sad day. There just are not any like Fred out there
today. We have all heard at one time or another the saying
"They Don't Make Em' Like They Used To". Wow this news hammers
that saying home on many heavy hearts. A ture and unique
craftmaster that made so many smile. I will hold those wonderful
and funny memories forever.
- Do you remember?
I first became aware of Fred (and his amazing talent) when
he hosted "Anything For Money". Do you guys remember that
show? I loved him on that. He always made me laugh.
McLucas - Thanks for the Laughs!
I remember first seeing Fred on the ABC show "The Copy Cats".
I wrote to Fred a few years ago and he sent me two signed
black & white glossy of him on the set of that show. How
cool is that? I was so glad that Letterman had him not long
ago. He was entertaining as always.
Lynne - What a Brilliant & Faithuful Man
I have to count my blessings that God allowed me to know
and befriend Fred during the last couple of years of his
life. I was thrilled to watch Fred expand into an even more
incredible actor as he made us all laugh every week in Gene
Bua's Acting for Life classes. He brought us all such joy.
My heart hurts today for those of us he left behind...but
I'm so thrilled for him to get to go home to God. Rest in
PETERSEN - THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER
Share your Memories FRED GAVE US ALL A WONDRFUL GIFT, LAUGHTER!!....SYMPATHIES
AND BEST WISHES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Ray - Impressionist for Jesus
I have enjoyed Fred Travalena's style of comedy and impressions
for a very long time. I was elated when I learned he was
a Christian. I can only picture him "doing Jesus" for the
Father now! Can you imagine having all that material that
has gone before suddenly at hand? Peter, Paul, Moses!
- Laughter the Best Medicine
I remember watching him on TV (what a head of hair he had!)
and laughing till I cried. He was so good at what he did.
If you didn't know it was him you would truly believe it
was the person he was impersonating. He had a great gift
and tremendous talent. There will never be another Fred
Travalena. I was so sad when I heard the news. I am sure
he has left his family with many many memories that will
bring laughter even during this difficult time.