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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
Taxi Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Alex Reiger / Arlo / Jeffrey
(1978-1983)
Heartbeeps
(1981)
Man on the Moon
Man on the Moon Soundtrack
(1999)

Filmography

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 1983 My Breakfast with Blassie
Andy Kaufman
 1978-1983 Taxi (TV Series)
Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Arlo / ...
- Simka's Monthlies (1983) ... Latka Gravas
- A Grand Gesture (1983) ... Latka Gravas
- Jim's Mario's (1983) ... Latka Gravas (credit only)
- Tony's Baby (1983) ... Latka Gravas (credit only)
- Arnie Meets the Kids (1983) ... Latka Gravas
 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)
 1975-1982 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Foreign Man / Elvis / British Man
- John Madden/Jennifer Holliday (1982) ... Elvis
- Art Garfunkel/Stephen Bishop (1978) ... British Man
- Ralph Nader/George Benson (1977) ... Foreign Man
- Candice Bergen/Esther Phillips (1975) ... Foreign Man
 1981 Heartbeeps
Val
 1980 In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion)
Armageddon T. Thunderbird
 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Wrote several books, stories and poems that remained unpublished until 1999.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.

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Tony Clifton | Baji Kimran

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

Pure entertainment is not an egotistical lady singing boring songs onstage for two hours and people in tuxes clapping whether they like it or not. It's the real performers on the street who can hold people's attention and keep them from walking away. See more »

Trivia:

Maria was put up for adoption, but later reunited with Kaufman's family, after tracing her biological parents in 1992. 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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