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Date of Birth 21 November 1933Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 24 January 2011Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  (cardiopulmonary arrest)
Birth NameDavid Shapiro

Mini Bio (1)

David Frye was born on November 21, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as David Shapiro. He was an actor, known for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About? (1971) and The Return of the Smothers Brothers (1970). He died on January 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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He attended and graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
His impressions included Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey, Richard M. Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy, William F. Buckley, George Wallace, Nelson Rockefeller, David Susskind, Billy Graham, Howard Cosell, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Jimmy Carter, Anwar El-Sadat, and Menachem Begin.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth Shapiro.

Personal Quotes (3)

On doing Richard M. Nixon in 1971: I do Nixon not by copying his real actions but by feeling his attitude, which is that he cannot believe that he really is president.
On appreciating Richard Nixon's impression: It took me a long time to get Nixon--but it took the country a long time to get Nixon. Nixon has these brooding eyes that look like my eyes. That helped a lot. But the voice is still the main thing. He has a radio announcer's evenness of speech, very well modulated, and you can't pick any highs and lows. If I hadn't had to do him. I wouldn't have tried.
On Nixon's resignation: It's a weird feeling, knowing that you can lose the guts of your act at any time.

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