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Birth information

17 January 1949 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

16 May 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman

How tall is Andy Kaufman?

1.83 m

Life Story of Andy Kaufman

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.

Significant features of Andy Kaufman

Usually played an unnamed character called Foreign Man, who soon evolved into Latka Gravis, the guy from Taxi.
His character Tony Clifton
Didn't like to break character, even when he was not filming.
Liked to...

Publications and Magazines about Andy Kaufman

Bill Zehme Lost In The Funhouse: The life and mind of Andy Kaufman. 2001
Bob Zmuda Andy Kaufman Revealed. 1999

Biographical movies about Andy Kaufman

E! True Hollywood Story: "Andy Kaufman" Episode #2.29 1998
Man on the Moon 1999
Biography: "Andy Kaufman" 2000
The Death of Andy Kaufman 2008
Kaufmania! 2020

What movies did Andy Kaufman play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Andy's Funhouse (1979) ,
Actors Filmography
My Breakfast with Blassie (1983) Andy Kaufman, Taxi (1983) Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Arlo / ..., Saturday Night Live (1982) Andy Kaufman / Foreign Man / Elvis / ..., Heartbeeps (1981) Val, In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion) (1980) Armageddon T. Thunderbird, Stormy Justice (1979) , Cher... and Other Fantasies (1979) Adam, Stick Around (1977) Andy, the Robot, God Told Me To (1976) Police Assassin,
Selfs Filmography
Kaufman Lives Himself, I'm from Hollywood...

Birth information

17 January 1949 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

16 May 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman

How tall is Andy Kaufman?

1.83 m

Life Story of Andy Kaufman

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.

Significant features of Andy Kaufman

Usually played an unnamed character called Foreign Man, who soon evolved into Latka Gravis, the guy from Taxi.
His character Tony Clifton
Didn't like to break character, even when he was not filming.
Liked to...

Publications and Magazines about Andy Kaufman

Bill Zehme Lost In The Funhouse: The life and mind of Andy Kaufman. 2001
Bob Zmuda Andy Kaufman Revealed. 1999

Biographical movies about Andy Kaufman

E! True Hollywood Story: "Andy Kaufman" Episode #2.29 1998
Man on the Moon 1999
Biography: "Andy Kaufman" 2000
The Death of Andy Kaufman 2008
Kaufmania! 2020

What movies did Andy Kaufman play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Andy's Funhouse (1979) ,
Actors Filmography
My Breakfast with Blassie (1983) Andy Kaufman, Taxi (1983) Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Arlo / ..., Saturday Night Live (1982) Andy Kaufman / Foreign Man / Elvis / ..., Heartbeeps (1981) Val, In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion) (1980) Armageddon T. Thunderbird, Stormy Justice (1979) , Cher... and Other Fantasies (1979) Adam, Stick Around (1977) Andy, the Robot, God Told Me To (1976) Police Assassin,
Selfs Filmography
Kaufman Lives Himself, I'm from Hollywood...

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Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters in Herzquietschen (1981)

Taxi (1978) co-star Jeff Conaway decked him after the 1979 Golden Globes, when he insulted his co-stars.

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Andy Kaufman in Dreist und gottesfürchtig (1980)

Attended Boston's Grahm Junior College.

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Andy Kaufman in Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live (1975) viewers voted him off the show forever in a call-in poll in 1982.

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Andy Kaufman in Taxi (1978)

According to Jim Carrey as stated in A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman (1995), Kaufman created and originally played the "Tony Clifton" character. The secret kept for 15 years (according to Carrey) was that he did so only briefly and the character was soon passed off to Bob Zmuda (Kaufman's writer). Most of the TV appearances of Tony Clifton are actually Zmuda, not Kaufman.

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Andy Kaufman in God Told Me To (1976)

Interred at Beth David Cemetery, Elmont (Long Island), New York, USA.

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Andy Kaufman, Mark Blankfield, Melanie Chartoff, and Brandis Kemp

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).

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Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman, and Joyce Brothers

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 441-442. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

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