Bush Impersonator Steve Bridges Dead at 48

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Steve Bridges, the actor who gained international fame for impersonating George W. Bush while standing alongside him at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, has died.

Bridges was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment this past weekend. He was 48.

His brother Philip told the Los Angeles Times Sunday that the actor had recently been performing in China. He also said it appeared Bridges had died of natural causes. An autopsy has been scheduled.

The following statement was posted on Bridges' website.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve Bridges. His passing comes as a shock to all of us. The cause of death is not known at this time, but we will publish more information as it becomes available. Steve brought joy and laughter to millions and was a great inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed. Our prayers go to his family at this time."

Bridges appeared on 'The 700 Club' in 1998, and impersonated CBN founder Pat Robertson. Click play to watch.

Meeting the President

Bridges was a comedian and an actor. He appeared regularly on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

In 2003, his spot-on impersonation of President Bush resulted in him being invited to the White House to meet the president.

According to Bridges, Bush said, "I tell you: You see a videotape where someone looks like you, acts like you, talks like you -- that's weird."

Then in 2006 the two appeared side by side at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

"I try to become that person in a funny way," Bridges told the Washington Post in 2006. "I try to act like him, from the mannerisms to the phraseology."

Bridges began doing impersonations as a child.

"Anything I saw on TV, I imitated," he told Larry King in a CNN interview in 2006.

He also described to King a two-hour process of having makeup and prosthetics applied, in order to complete the illusion.

Bridges also impersonated President Clinton, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other public figures. He also appeared as Bush during singer Barbra Streisand's 2006 concert tour.

Besides his brother Phillip, Bridges is survived by his parents, Tom and Margaret Bridges; another brother, Jon; and a sister, Elizabeth Bridges, all from Clayton, Calif.

Watch Bridges appearance with President George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

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