35 (passed away May. 16th, 1984)
Jan. 17th, 1949
New York City, New York, USA
Andy Kaufman's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- Wrestled "Playboy" Playmate 'Susan Smith (II)' (qv) in a match for the "intergender championship of the world" belt. Although Smith clearly bested Kaufman in this fierce bout, he was nonetheless declared the winner. There was a pictorial of this match in the February, 1982 issue of "Playboy".
- According to wrestler 'Jerry Lawler' (qv), when they cleaned out Andy's house after his death, many uncashed checks from Mid-South Wrestling promoter 'Jerry Jarrett (II)' (qv) were found. These were given as payment for his stint as a wrestler, and made many conclude that he didn't wrestle for the money, but rather for the love of it.
- When trying to bring his wrestling women act into the world of mainstream pro wrestling, Kaufman wanted to wrestle at Madison Square Garden for the World Wrestling Federation, but his good friend 'Bill Apter' (qv), a head editor for several wrestling magazines, told him that 'Vincent McMahon' (qv) would never go for such a thing, so they tried to talk to Apter's friend 'Jerry Lawler' (qv), which led to Andy's infamous feud with Lawler from 1982-83.
- On the DVD "Best of R.E.M., The" (2003), Kaufman appears on the videos "The Great Beyond" (originally released in 1999), and "Man On The Moon" (originally released in 1992).
- Was once a contestant on _"The Dating Game" (1965)_ (qv).
- He was the original creator of the format TV show _Andy's Funhouse (1979) (TV)_ (qv) which has later re-vamped by 'Paul Reubens' (qv) (aka Pee-Wee Herman) into _"Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986)_ (qv). Reubens got permission from Kaufman himself right before his death.
- Attended Boston's Grahm Junior College.
- 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.