Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman

Age
35 (passed away May. 16th, 1984)
Birthday
Jan. 17th, 1949
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
Height
6' 0"

Andy Kaufman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Taxi TV Show
Taxi
Fridays TV Show
Fridays
Redd Foxx TV Show
Redd Foxx
Van Dyke and Company TV Show
Van Dyke and Company
The Dean Martin Comedy World TV Show
The Dean Martin Comedy World
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in the town of Great Neck. He began performing for family and friends at the age of 7, and by the time he was 9 was being hired to entertain at children's parties. After a year at a Boston junior college, Andy began performing his unique brand of stand-up comedy at coffee shops and nightclubs on the east coast. Discovered by Improvisation comedy club owner Bud Friedman, Andy quickly earned a reputation as a talented, yet eccentric performer. Impressed by his abilities, Lorne Michaels asked Kaufman to appear on the inaugural broadcast of Saturday Night Live (October 11, 1975). Best known for his work as Latka Gravas on the TV sitcom Taxi, Andy appeared in several TV shows and movies, on Broadway, did a one man show at Carnegie Hall, enjoyed a brief professional wrestling career and performed in concerts nation-wide.


TRIVIA:
  • Had one granddaughter, 'Brittany Colonna' (qv), who played his younger sister as a child in _Man on the Moon (1999)_ (qv).
  • Of all 'Elvis Presley' (qv) impersonators, he was the REAL Elvis' favorite.
  • The video "The Great Beyond", which originally featured clips of 'Jim Carrey' (qv) performing as Kaufman in the movie _Man on the Moon (1999)_ (qv), was modified on the DVD "Best of R.E.M., The" (2003) by clips of the original Andy Kaufman.
  • Museum of TV and Radio presented 90-minute film of Kaufman highlights to honor him posthumously in New York and L.A. in October, 1999.
  • Often read from the the book "The Great Gatsby" at performances. But, unlike the movie, never made it further than the second page of the first chapter.
  • Maria was put up for adoption, but later reunited with Kaufman's family, after tracing her biological parents in 1992.
  • Before Andy Kaufman, there was no real way to describe what he did. Now it has been coined as "performance art" and many people imitate his style of "entertainment."
  • He once skipped a photo shoot for TV Guide with the _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv) cast to see a 'The Three Stooges' (qv) midnight showing with good friend 'E.M. Fredric' (qv).


Related sites for this celeb
» IMDB
» BuddyTV
» TVGuide
» AceShowbiz
» Celebrity-Mania
» Zap2it.com
You are successfully logged out.
login
[close]

ShareTV Login

Username
Password
Enter the text in the image shown if you are human.
WARNING: after 2 more failed attempts you will be locked out
[close]

Create Account

Username
Password
Verify Password
EMAIL

Verification code (check your email for the verification code)

Verification code has been sent to the following email address:
If you didn't receive the verification code:

1. Check your bulk/spam folder.

2. Try to whitelist our email address (noreply@sharetv.org)

3. Resend verification email

If you mistyped your email address change it here
Create a free ShareTV account to make a personalized schedule of your favorite TV shows, keep track of what you've watched, earn points and more.
Verify your username and email to complete your Registration
Enter the text in the image shown if you are human.
WARNING: after 2 more failed attempts you will be locked out
[close]

Forgot Your Password?

EMAIL
Enter the email address you used to create the account and your password will be emailed to you.