Rich Little

Rich Little was a Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor whose talent for impersonating famous figures made him a household name in the the 1960s and '70s. Born Richard Caruthers Little on November 26, 1938 in ... Read more »
Born: 11/26/1938 in Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

Boxing Announcer (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Guest

Futurama 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

The BRAINIACS.COM 2000 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bebe's Kids 1992 (Movie)

of President Nixon (Voice)

The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show -- II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Victor Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

John Wayne Standing Tall 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

National Basketball Players Association Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

United We Stand 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Making It Happen 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Picnic '87 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1987 (Movie)

Mr X (Actor)

The New Mike Hammer 1983 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Little & A Night of 42 Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Little and a Night of 42 Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Better Off Dead 1985 (Movie)

Additional Voices (Actor)

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Little -- Come Laugh With Me 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

of Sir Charles Litton (Voice)

In Concert: Rich Little Live 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

On Location With Rich Little 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Body Human: The Living Code 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

You Asked For It 1981 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich Little Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Tricks 1981 (Movie)

Robert Brennan (Actor)

Nuts and Bolts 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas... With Love, Julie 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra -- The First 40 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast 1973 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pink Panther 1969 - 1979 (TV Show)

Voice

Rich Little's Washington Follies 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como, Las Vegas Style 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich Little Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich Little Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Doris Day Today 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perry Como Christmas Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Many Faces of Comedy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kopycats 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gordon MacRae Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Pioneer Spirit 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Phynx 1969 (Movie)

Voice in the Box (Actor)

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Little's Robin Hood (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Shift (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Rich Little was a Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor whose talent for impersonating famous figures made him a household name in the the 1960s and '70s. Born Richard Caruthers Little on November 26, 1938 in Ottawa, Ontario, he was the middle child of Elizabeth and Lawrence Peniston Little. As a teenager, Little began his ascent into the entertainment industry by performing at night clubs. He partnered with future Canadian Member of Parliament Geoffrey Scott, who was then also a budding impressionist; true to Scott's future career, the duo specialized in political humor, imitating the voices of Canadian politicians such as Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. As his vocal impersonations improved, Little felt confident enough to embark on an acting career and joined the Ottawa's Little Theater. He also took his talents to the radio, becoming a successful disc jockey who frequently incorporated celebrity impersonations into his programs. Little received his first big break when American jazz musician Mel Tormé asked the 25-year-old to audition for a new variety show that he was producing for the legendary Judy Garland. Within a year, he made his American television debut on "The Judy Garland Show" (CBS, 1963-64). With the door now open to more possibilities, Little made appearances in several other American television shows. In 1968, he played the clumsy Brother Paul Leonardi alongside Sally Field in two episodes of the sitcom "The Flying Nun" (ABC 1967-1970). His impressive impersonations of famous of Hollywood stars and famous figures, most notably President Richard Nixon, made him a popular guest on variety and late night talk shows. "The Tonight Show" (NBC 1954- ) host Johnny Carson was both a fan and a frequent target of Little's impersonations; the impressionist appeared on the series over 20 times during Carson's reign on the late night institution. (He later appeared as Carson in "The Night Shift" (HBO 1996), a TV movie about the battle between Jay Leno and David Letterman to succeed Carson as "Tonight Show" host.) He was also a regular guest on the Emmy-winning variety series "The Julie Andrews Hour" (ABC 1972-73) and "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" (NBC 1974-84), where Little's knack for impersonating the guests of honor fit perfectly with the show's theme; Little appeared as a roaster more than any other person with a total of 24 appearances. Later on, the talented impressionist ventured into his own solo television career with the short-lived series "The Rich Little Show" (NBC 1976) and the one-man special "Rich Little's Christmas Carol" (HBO 1978). During this era, he also became a familiar presence in television commercials. As the years went on, Little continued to adapt his impersonations to the times, learning to imitate President Ronald Reagan, Sylvester Stallone, and Robin Williams. In his native Canada, he lent his voice to the popular animated series "The Raccoons" (CBC, 1985-1991), and was inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998. In 2007, a year after political comedian Stephen Colbert garnered outrage for his pointed lambasting of President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, Little was chosen as a non-controversial host for the event.

Milestones

1976

Hosted "The Rich Little Show"

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