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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, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in his famed television comedy sketches including "... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

North to Alaska
North to Alaska Frankie Canon
(1960)
Bell Book and Candle
Bell Book and Candle Sidney Redlitch
(1958)
Our Man in Havana
Our Man in Havana Capt. Segura
(1959)
Gamble on Love
Gamble on Love Himself (host, August, 1954)
(1954)

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 1961-1962 The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Series)
Various / Eugene
- Episode dated 23 January 1962 (1962) ... Various
- Episode dated 12 December 1961 (1961) ... Various
- Episode dated 28 October 1961 (1961) ... Various
- Episode dated 20 April 1961 (1961) ... Various
 1962 Medicine Man (TV Movie)
Dr. P. Crookshank
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Maximilian Frederick Krob
- Author at Work (1960) ... Maximilian Frederick Krob
 1959 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Hack Hackberry
- The Salted Mine (1959) ... Hack Hackberry
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie)
Host / Various
 1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Hack
- 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
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Topaze
- Topaze (1957) ... Topaze
 1957 The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Movie)
Eugene
 1951 It's Time for Ernie (TV Series)
Host
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Appeared in a pilot for a sitcom to be called "Medicine Man", with Valerie Allen and Buster Keaton. NOTE: The pilot was actually picked up by CBS for the following season, but before filming began Kovacs was killed in an auto accident and the series was dropped. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

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 »

Trivia:

Repeatedly used :"Rialto Ripples Rag" (1917) by George Gershwin as theme song for his various Television shows. See more »

Trademark:

His quirky humor See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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