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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 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Taxi Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Alex Reiger / Arlo / Jeffrey
My Breakfast with Blassie
I'm from Hollywood


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 1983 My Breakfast with Blassie
Andy Kaufman
 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
 1977 Stick Around (TV Short)
Andy, the Robot
 1976 God Told Me To
Police Assassin
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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Wrote several books, stories and poems that remained unpublished until 1999.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.

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

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Alternate Names:

Tony Clifton | Baji Kimran


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They say, "Oh wow, Andy Kaufman, he's a really funny guy." But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads. See more »


Kaufman and Jerry Lawler's famous feud, including their infamous Late Night with David Letterman (1982) appearance, was all later confirmed by Lawler to be a setup and not real as many believed. See more »


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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