March 4th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush impersonator dies at 48

(CNN) – Steve Bridges, an actor best known for impersonating then-President George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, died last week at the age of 48, his manager said Sunday.

Bridges' portrayal of Bush was replayed around the world following the 2006 event, which was most notable because the real president was standing right next to Bridges on stage.

According to Bridges' website, the actor also appeared as former President Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama.

A statement from Bridges' manager said the actor returned from performing in Hong Kong and complained of feeling "super jetlagged."

"A message left for Mr. Bridges on Friday went unanswered," the statement said. "Bridges' maid discovered his body in his Los Angeles home Saturday morning, March 3, 2012. The exact cause of death is unknown at this time."

Filed under: George W. Bush
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. WittyUserName

    Why would you want to be Bush?

    March 5, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  2. Just Me

    Super jetlagged? Hmmm?.. Only thing that makes sense to me is perhaps he had a fatal pulmonary embolism after that long trans-atlantic flight? Any way, may he RIP. 48 is quite young to die.

    March 5, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  3. Gordon Mano

    Steve was a marvelous comedian and actor; he will be missed.

    March 5, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  4. Al

    Better than the real Bush.

    March 5, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  5. Nine2fives

    Must have owed someone money.

    March 5, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  6. sadbuttrue

    If he's that great of an impersonator, he must have died from the mountains of cocaine he snorted in attempt to impersonate the real George DUBYA.

    March 5, 2012 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  7. JT

    Life is short.

    March 5, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  8. sdrawkcab

    Sad. This guy was talented. I thought that bit at the press party was hilarious. I'm guessing heart attack, or " cardiac event".

    March 5, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  9. Michael Klein

    Actor flies home from Hong Kong, feels super-jetlagged, then dies of mysterious causes.

    Sounds eerily like the movie "Contagion".

    March 5, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  10. Patroni1970

    I'll take this guy over the original any day. At least Steve Bridges wasn't a well known neer-do-well.

    March 5, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  11. SPW

    This guy was great, I can't believe the steps he took to impersonate Bush, but I swear I laughed like a little school girl the first time I saw him on Comedy Central.

    March 5, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  12. Peter

    Rest in peace Steve Bridges

    I remember your skits back in years over at Jay Leno and they were hilarious. We all lost a truly skilled imitator

    March 5, 2012 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  13. chris

    3 more posts before this becomes political or an alleged conspiracy.

    March 5, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  14. steve

    The Chinese have dealt with Mr. Bridges. He shouldn't have gone to Hong Kong. RIP.

    March 5, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  15. NoTags

    Steve Bridges as President would probably have done less damage to the Country than Dubya.

    March 5, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  16. Antwoine

    Just too young. It may be too soon to blame the trans-continental flights but this should draw attention to the dangers of these extended flights.

    March 5, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  17. CJ Topspin

    I thought Bush was kind of a moron. But you have to appreciate a dude who can stand there and have someone make fun of him COMPLETELY and get the joke.

    March 5, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  18. Marie MD

    That's too bad. He certainly had more brains than the real one.

    March 5, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  19. The Lunatic

    Wow, I've never seen Bush show any hint of a sense of humor before!

    March 5, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  20. Nick

    This is horrible! Bridges was spot on as President Bush. Was one of the main reasons to tune into Jay Leno several years back – to see his Bush impressions and skits!

    March 5, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  21. annotate

    RIP. The Bush's reach is very far!

    March 5, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  22. mcp123

    Spot on impression too... was hilarious in the skits he did.

    March 5, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. T'sah from Virginia


    March 5, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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