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Andy Kaufman (I) (1949–1984)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 1978-1983 Taxi (TV Series)
Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Arlo / ...
- Jim's Mario's (1983) ... Latka Gravas (credit only)
- Tony's Baby (1983) ... Latka Gravas (credit only)
 1983 Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show (TV Movie)
Latka Gravas (uncredited)
 1982 The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (TV Movie)
Tony Clifton (as Tony Clifton)
 1981 Heartbeeps
Val
 1977 Stick Around (TV Short)
Andy, the Robot
 1976 God Told Me To
Police Officer
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Other Works:

Wrote several books, stories and poems that remained unpublished until 1999. Books include The Huey Williams Story and God.

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Tony Clifton | Baji Kimran

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

Whenever I play a role, whether it's good or bad, an evil person or nice person, I believe in being a purist and going all the way with the role. If I'm going to be a villainous wrestler, I believe in going all the way with it and not breaking character and not giving away to the audience that I'm playing a role. I believe in playing it straight to the hilt. See more »

Trivia:

To play up the feud between himself and wrestler Jerry Lawler, Kaufman did several public service announcements in which he proceeded to teach Southern people how to bathe, brush their teeth, and so on. See more »

Trademark:

Usually played an unnamed character called Foreign Man, who soon evolved into Latka Gravis, the guy from Taxi. Likes to play with the audience's heads like reading The Great Gatsby instead of performing. Doesn't like to break character, even when he's not filming. See more »

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