Impressionist David Frye, Dies
Comic David Frye, known for his very funny impressions of Richard Nixon, died.
Comic David Frye, whose impressions of Presidents Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and other prominent political figures vaulted him to popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Las Vegas, his family confirmed Saturday. He was 77.
Among other venues, Frye performed at colleges and nightclubs across the country as well as on television programs such as the “Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
He reached the height of his popularity doing exaggerated impressions of Nixon, with his shoulders hunched and face bowed down. He also devoted several albums to Nixon before Nixon resigned as president in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal.
Born David Shapiro in 1934 in Brooklyn, Frye also imitated such political and entertainment figures as Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, William F. Buckley, Walter Cronkite, Kirk Douglas and Howard Cosell.
He recorded the albums “David Frye Presents the Great Debate” in 1980 and “Clinton: An Oral History” in 1998, but never again saw the level of fame he achieved in the Nixon years.
Here is but a sample of what David Frye did:
Anyone that knows me, knows that I don’t like Nixon. If I had to list them here now, I would break this website. He may have been a “Republican”, but he expanded government (EPA), made friends with the ChiComs, ended the Gold-Standard, and committed crimes (Watergate and cover-up). We are still paying for his administration in ways we still can’t imagine. Nixon was no conservative. But I digress…
David Frye made fun of almost everyone. He even made fun of Lyndon Johnson. If David Frye was a liberal, it didn’t stop him from making fun of other liberals. We should mourn the passing of anyone who made us laugh, because we could use a good laugh right now.