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Ernie Kovacs (I) (1919–1962)

Author, actor, comedian, composer and producer. He was educated at the New York School of Theatre, and received the Sylvania Television Award. Joining the American Society of Composers and Publishers in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in his famed television comedy sketches including "Mr. Question Man". ... See full bio »

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 1961-1962 The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Series)
Various / Eugene
- Episode dated 23 January 1962 (1962) ... Various
- Episode dated 28 October 1961 (1961) ... Various
- Episode dated 20 April 1961 (1961) ... Various
 1962 Medicine Man (TV Movie)
Dr. P. Crookshank
 1961 Sail a Crooked Ship
Bugsy G. Foglemeyer aka The Captain
 1961 Five Golden Hours
Aldo Bondi
 1960 Pepe
Immigration Inspector
 1960 North to Alaska
Frankie Canon
 1960 Strangers When We Meet
Roger Altar
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Maximilian Frederick Krob
- Author at Work (1960) ... Maximilian Frederick Krob
 1960 Wake Me When It's Over
Capt. Charlie Stark
 1959 Our Man in Havana
Capt. Segura
 1959 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Hack Hackberry
- The Salted Mine (1959) ... Hack Hackberry
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Harry Foster Malone
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie)
Host / Various
 1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Salted Mine (1959) ... Hack
 1958-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Barney Colby / Sam Lund
- I Was a Bloodhound (1959) ... Barney Colby
- The World's Greatest Quarterback (1958) ... Sam Lund
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Arthur Witten
- Symbol of Authority (1959) ... Arthur Witten
 1959 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Ernie Kovacs / Killer Kovacs
- Ernie Kovacs Show (1959) ... Ernie Kovacs / Killer Kovacs
 1958 Bell Book and Candle
Sidney Redlitch
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Topaze (1957) ... Topaze
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Capt. Paul Lock
 1957 The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Movie)
 1956 Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (Short)
Cameo appearance (Man in bar)
 1951 It's Time for Ernie (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Book: "Zoomar". See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

Some years ago I had a complete nervous breakdown, was dead broke and had to be put in a charity ward with 30 others. I was there 18 months and doctors didn't give me long to live. So now each day to me is a special dividend, so I live it to the hilt. - response to gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who asked him why he was "trying to kill himself." See more »


When he died, he owed the IRS several hundred thousand dollars in back taxes (he felt the tax system was unfair, and simply refused to pay it). His widow, Edie Adams, made television commercials and did other work to finally pay the back taxes, refusing help from her celebrity friends. She now owns all the rights to all of Ernie Kovacs' surviving television work. See more »

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