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Ken Shapiro (I) (1942–2017)

Ken Shapiro was born on June 5, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Kenneth Roy Shapiro. He was an actor and writer, known for The Groove Tube (1974), Modern Problems (1981) and Singing Faces (1968). He was married to Kelly Hamilton,. He died on November 18, 2017 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Groove Tube
The Groove Tube Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
Modern Problems
Singing Faces
Evening News
Evening News Actor


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 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1974 The Groove Tube
Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / ...
 1971 Evening News (Short)
 1968 Singing Faces (Short)
 1966 A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Josh Potter
- Miracle at Potter's Farm (1955) ... Josh Potter (as Kenny Sharpe)
 1948-1949 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series)
- Episode #1.46 (1949) ... Kid
- Episode #1.40 (1949) ... Kid
- Episode #1.33 (1949) ... Kid
- Episode #1.11 (1948) ... Kid
- Episode #1.10 (1948) ... Kid
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Show Show Director (4 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
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Various entertainment industry observers credit Ken Shapiro and his 1974 independent raw sketch comedy, "The Groove Tube," with being the template for modern comedy's media-wise, frank sensibilities. Film director Gus Van Sant said of Ken, "I learned much more from him than anything in school," and further credits Shapiro with being the pioneering source of "Saturday Night Live." Jim Knipfel, ... See more »

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