|Date of Birth||20 March 1936 , Waterville, Maine, USA|
|Date of Death||29 October 2004 , Auburn, Maine, USA (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)|
|Birth Name||Abbott Vaughn Meader|
Mini Bio (1)
Then, on November 22, 1963, the unthinkable happened. John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. Literally within hours of the shooting, all of Meader's engagements were canceled. Meader, who admired Kennedy and was as much in shock as everybody else, was at a loss. His Kennedy impersonation, which comprised a small portion of his club act, could have been easily cut. But, as he himself later put it, "literally overnight, nobody wanted to know from me. As far as they were concerned, I was as dead as the President."
In the forty years since that time, Meader has made numerous attempts at a comeback. A 1970 album, "The Second Coming," on which Meador played a hip Jesus, won the praise of the critics, but didn't sell well. In 1975, he played Walter Winchell in the film Lepke (1975), again to critical praise. At one point, during the mid-'seventies, there was even talk of his doing a serious one-man show on JFK, much in the manner of Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain Tonight!" or James Whitmore's "Will Rogers' U.S.A.," but nothing came of it. When last heard from, he was living in quiet retirement in Gulfport, Florida.
As to "The First Family," it was reissued several years ago, in tandem with "The First Family, Part Two," on CD on the Collector's Choice label. Heard today, it is a good-humored reminder of a bygone era.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Sorrentino
|Sheila Colbath||(1984 - 29 October 2004) (his death)|
|Susan||(1970 - ?) (divorced)|
|Vera||(? - 1965) (divorced)|
|Christine||(? - ?) (divorced)|