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Funnyman Frye Dies

30 January 2011 6:26 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American comedian David Frye has died. He was 77.

The funnyman, best known for his impressions of U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson, passed away last Monday after suffering a cardiopulmonary arrest at his Las Vegas home.

Starting his career in clubs and at colleges across the U.S., he went on to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during the 1960s and 70s.

As well as his beloved impersonation of Nixon, the New Yorker was known for his satirical takes on Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, William F. Buckley, Walter Cronkite, Kirk Douglas and Howard Cosell.

His sister Ruth Welch says, "He was a generous person and a very good brother in time of need. He was very much loved by the whole family, and he'll be terribly missed." »

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Comic David Frye dies, Nixon impression remembered

29 January 2011 11:21 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Celebrated comedian David Frye has passed away at age 77 in Las Vegas, reports the New York Times. Frye specialized in impressions of political figures -- most notably President Richard Nixon. He could also do a spot on President Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, and Henry Fonda, among others.

The comic was born David Shapiro in June 1934 in Brooklyn, NY. He released comedy compilations and albums like 1969's "I Am the President," 1971's "Radio Free Nixon" and "Richard Nixon Superstar." In 1973 he released "Richard Nixon: A Fantasy," followed by "David Frye Presents the Great Debate" in 1980 and "Frye is Nixon" in 1996. He was finally featured on "Clinton: An Oral History" in 1998.

Frye was a popular guest on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." As he rose to fame while Nixon was campaigning, so he faded away from it when Nixon left office. A spokesperson for the »

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