Impressionist Rich Little
DETROIT — Comic rich little was a staple on television variety shows in the 1960s and '70s. The man of 200 voices became popular for his impressions of politicians and celebrities, from Richard Nixon to Carol Channing.
As he and his audience grew older, though, calls from the networks grew less frequent.
Mr. Little now divides his time between a regular performance schedule in Las Vegas, touring, and writing his memoir, titled "People I've Known and Been." He's also recording a spoof of Frank Sinatra's "Duets."
Little discovered his mimicry talent as a schoolboy in Canada. He went on to work as an impressionist, disc jockey, talk-show host, and actor before landing a spot on "The Judy Garland Show" in 1964.
On American TV, Little made many appearances on "Hollywood Squares," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show," and other prime-time shows.
"I'm still here," Little recently told the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee. "A lot of performers get better as they get older. I'm one of them."