Prime Ministers, every president since Kennedy, Hollywood icons such as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Clark Gable and John Wayne, pop culture heroes, Kermit the Frog and Dr. Ruth Westheimer - anyone who is anyone has been impersonated by Rich Little.
A master of more than 200 voices, the Ottawa born impersonator first portrayed his talent as a young smart-aleck talking back to his teachers in their own voices. Little first appeared on national television at age 17 as part of a duo, having won a youth talent contest. He went solo and on to success as a local Ottawa-area radio host.
The world's greatest impressionist would go on to a career which would see him star in many television shows and variety specials. He also was a huge success around the world when he took his one-man show on the road. Rich spent the early part of his career acting in the Ottawa Little Theatre Company. He appeared in over 40 productions with that troupe. He recorded his first nine comedy albums in his early twenties and at age 26, Little's incredible talents were in the spotlight on American national television when he performed on "The Judy Garland Show" in 1964. Since then, Rich has repeatedly hosted "The Tonight Show," starred in his own weekly series, "The Rich Little Show," and had three HBO Comedy specials.
Intensely active in raising money for children's charities in both Canada and the United States, Little says "I thought that having my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was amazing, but now to be honoured by my own country is just the ultimate pleasure."
Little has been active in several charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Fund and the Children's Miracle Network. He has been named to Miami Children's Hospital International Pediatrics Hall of Fame and been honored by the naming of the Rich Little Special Care Nursery at Ottawa Civic Hospital.
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