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On the 40th Anniversary of Richard Nixon's Resignation, See Harry Shearer Re-Enact the Historic Moment

Originally posted 08/08/2014 03:00PM

On Aug. 8, 1974 – exactly 40 years ago Friday – Richard Nixon made history by becoming the first (and so far only) president to resign from office.

We couldn't mark the occasion by interviewing the real Nixon (he's been dead since 1994) so we did the next best thing: Talk to actor Harry Shearer, the Simpsons and Spinal Tap alum who plays the 37th president in Nixon's the One, a comedy series based on Nixon's secretly recorded conversations in the Oval Office.

As you might expect from an actor who underwent four hours of makeup to step into Nixon's famous features, the series is the culmination of Shearer's decades-long fascination with the president.

"The comic value of Nixon was evident from a very young age," Shearer told PEOPLE. "Growing up in southern California, he was an omnipresent political force hovering over all of us."

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Happy Presidents Day: 13 Hilariously Un-Presidential Quotes from Commanders-in-Chief

Originally posted 02/17/2014 10:00AM

Presidents Day is a time of solemn reflection on our nation's highest elected office. It's also a great opportunity to marvel at past presidents' funniest off-the-cuff remarks.

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David Frost, Known for Nixon Interview, Dies Onboard a Cruise Ship

David Frost, Known for Dramatic Nixon Interview, Dies

Originally posted 09/01/2013 09:45AM

Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his TV interviews with former President Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.

Frost died of a suspected heart attack on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise company Cunard said its vessel left the English port of Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.

Known both for an amiable personality and incisive interviews with leading public figures, Frost's career in television news and entertainment spanned almost half a century.

He was the only person to have interviewed all six British prime ministers serving between 1964 and 2007 and the seven U.S. presidents in office between 1969 and 2008. Outside world affairs, his roster ranged from Orson Welles to Muhammad Ali to Clint Eastwood.

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