Eddie Bartell, 83, vaudvillian, died Feb. 13 in Los Angeles of an aneurysm. He had been in declining health since undergoing heart surgery two years ago.
Born in Brooklyn in 1907, Bartell found fame in the 1920s as one of the three original members of the Radio Rogues.
Known for their rapid-fire mimicry and impressions of radio personalities, the Rogues played such venues as the Paramount Theater, the London Palladium and the Wintergarden, alongside Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Edgar Bergen, among other entertainers.
The Rogues also were featured in the original production of “Hellzapoppin’ ” and stayed with the company for five years in New York.
Bartell appeared with the Rogues in several films before and during World War II, including “Going Hollywood” (1933), Every Night At Eight” (1935) and “Reveille With Beverly” (1943).
He met his wife, Marjorie Moore, when they were performing in “Golddiggers Of 1934″ at Graumann’s Chinese Theater. He was with the Rogues and she was a dancing violinist.
After the war, Bartell did a solo act as an impressionist/singer/comic. He played in Las Vegas with Peggy Lee during the late 1940s and toured with Perry Como in the 1950s. He also appeared in the film “Pal Joey.”
Bartell served as branch manager for the American Guild of Variety Artists and was in charge of the Guild’s outdoor performance division.
Survived by his wife, a son, a stepson, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.