Vaughn Meader

Comedian, Musical Artist

1936 – 2004

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Who was Vaughn Meader?

Abbott Vaughn Meader, known professionally as Vaughn Meader, was an American comedian, impersonator, musician, and film actor.

Meader began his career as a musician but later found fame in the early 1960s after the release of the 1962 comedy record The First Family. The album spoofed President John F. Kennedy – who was played by Meader – and went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1963. At the peak of his popularity, he performed his Kennedy impersonation on variety shows and in nightclubs around the country and was profiled in several magazines.

Meader's career came to an abrupt end after President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. He attempted to take his career in another direction by performing non-Kennedy related comedy but had little success as he was typecast. He eventually returned to playing music in his native Maine where he also managed a pub. Meader died in October 2004.

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Born
Mar 20, 1936
Waterville
Also known as
  • Vaughn Meader & Co.
  • Meader, Vaughn
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Brookline High School
Lived in
  • Maine
Died
Oct 29, 2004
Auburn

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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