Impressionist Fred Travalena

Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 4, 2008

"Fred Travalena is such a good impressionist. What is he doing now?
¬óBetty Mechem, Union, Mo.

Travalena, 65, performs several weeks each year on Royal Caribbean cruises and makes other appearances around the country. At age 6, his father taught him how to imitate “tough-guy” actors Edward G. Robinson and Jimmy Cagney for a church show, but it wasn’t until he was 19 and saw his idol, Frank Sinatra, that Travelena decided to make impressionism a career. He still laughs about the time his father brought him on stage and he threw up. “My dad stood there and said, ‘Ya know, that’s a tough act to follow,’” recalls Travalena, who lives in the Los Angeles area with Lois, his wife of 37 years.