Andy Kaufman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Andy Kaufman

American stand-up comedian and actor

Date of Birth: 17-Jan-1949

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Death: 16-May-1984

Profession: screenwriter, writer, singer, comedian, showman, film producer, dancer, television actor, film actor, professional wrestler

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Andy Kaufman

  • Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (; January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor, writer, and performance artist.
  • While often called a comedian, Kaufman described himself instead as a "song and dance man".
  • He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, once saying in a rare introspective interview, "I am not a comic, I have never told a joke.
  • ...
  • The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him...
  • My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can."After working in small comedy clubs in the early 1970s, Kaufman came to the attention of a wider audience in 1975, when he was invited to perform portions of his act on the first season of Saturday Night Live.
  • His Foreign Man character was the basis of his performance as Latka Gravas on the hit television show Taxi from 1978 until 1983.
  • During this time, he continued to tour comedy clubs and theaters in a series of unique performance art / comedy shows, sometimes appearing as himself and sometimes as obnoxiously rude lounge singer Tony Clifton.
  • He was also a frequent guest on sketch comedy and late-night talk shows, particularly Late Night with David Letterman.
  • In 1982, Kaufman brought his professional wrestling villain act to Letterman's show by way of a staged encounter with Jerry "The King" Lawler of the Continental Wrestling Association (although the fact that the altercation was planned was not publicly disclosed for over a decade). Kaufman died of lung cancer in 1984, at the age of 35.
  • Because pranks and elaborate ruses were major elements of his career, persistent rumors have circulated that Kaufman faked his own death as a grand hoax.
  • He continues to be respected for the variety of his characters, his uniquely counterintuitive approach to comedy, and his willingness to provoke negative and confused reactions from audiences.

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