35 (passed away May. 16th, 1984)
Jan. 17th, 1949
New York City, New York, USA
Andy Kaufman's Main TV 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.
- 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).