With a career that shriveled up after Nixon’s resignation, David Frye was an impressionist who triumphed as the Number 1 impersonation of the then President. I loved watching him. Oh, he did other impersonations… Johnson, Bobby Kennedy and later, as he tried to revive his success, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.
In an Esquire interview, Frye defined his approach to Nixon:
“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.”
Frye died on Monday in Las Vegas of a heart attack.
- David Frye, Perfectly Clear Nixon Parodist, Dies at 77 (nytimes.com)
- Rich Little says today’s celebs are tough to imitate (ctv.ca)
- Released Transcripts Reveal Appalling Bigotry in Nixon White House (prnewswire.com)