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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Impressionist Steve Bridges, who used prosthetics and wigs to turn into presidents and laughs to make a living, was found dead at his home, his manager said Monday. He was 48.
It appeared that he died of natural causes, but an autopsy will be conducted, said Craig Harvey, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
“Steve was not only a funny man, but a kind and decent human being. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his parents, his siblings, and his entire family,” Bush told The Associated Press through spokesman Freddy Ford.
“We had a great 10-year run,” Nolen said. “He went to the White House, the Oval Office, toured with Barbra Streisand and was a regular on the `Tonight Show’ for almost eight years.”
The makeup and prosthetics used for Bush and Clinton were designed by Kevin Haney, who won an Academy Award for aging Dan Aykroyd in “Driving Miss Daisy.” Obama was done by Kazu Tsuji, who designed Jim Carrey’s Grinch in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Mari Enyart was Bridges‘ makeup artist.
“From the neck up, everything but his teeth was covered in a prosthetic piece of some sort,” Nolen said about the impersonations of presidents. “It was as extensive, as good and as complicated as anything you would see in a motion picture.”
It took nearly four hours to apply the Obama makeup and nearly three hours to do Bush and Clinton. Close attention was paid to age marks and freckles on his hands because they were so visible, especially if a skit was being filmed.
Bridges had been scheduled to do three free shows on March 13, 14 and 15 for the Indian Wells Rotary Club to help raise money for students who wanted to go to college. Because of the time it took to get ready, he was going to be a different president each night.
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