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Andy Kaufman

Entertainer
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Net worth 2018: $300,000
Residence: New York City
Country: United States
BirthDay: 17 January 1949
Sigh: Aquarius
Died On: May 16, 1984
Education: Grahm Junior College, John L. Miller Great Neck North High School
BIOGRAPHY

Andy Kaufman was bornon 17 January 1949 in New York City, American, is Entertainer. The comedian Andrew Geoffrey Andy Kaufman was known for his unorthodox style of humour. Pranks and practical jokes were his trademark and his impersonations of famous personalities, wooed audiences. Starting early on, as the host of an imaginative TV show in his bedroom, he developed his signature style of performance. His first audiences were his classmates; who got to see his performance on their birthday celebrations. In college, he started his own program, which helped him learn the basics of writing, producing and directing a show. Starting as a stand-up artist in local clubs, he rose to fame with his character of ‘Foreign Man’, which later inspired the TV sitcom character ‘Latka Gravas’. Kaufman’s realistic impersonation of Elvis Presley even received praise from the man himself. He brought his unconventional sense of comedy to the wrestling arena when he paired with heavyweights such as Jerry Lawler, to stage the Inter-gender Wrestling Championship’ where he duelled with women wrestlers. Known for staging famous ruse, Andy’s death was also believed to be a hoax by many. The death rumours were further reinforced, when Andy’s writer friend Bob Zmuda appeared in a public appearance, dressed as the character of ‘Tony Clifton’ portrayed by Andy. To know more about the life and works of Andy Kaufman read the following biography

TIMELINE
1999

His biographies, titled ‘Andy Kaufman Revealed! Best Friend Tells All by Zmuda’ and ‘Life in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman by Bill Zehme’, were published in 1999

1992

Adopted by another couple, his daughter Maria Bellu-Colonna later found out about her biological parents, and in 1992, she started a search for them and was reunited with her mother and relatives

1983

In the 1983 parody ‘My Breakfast with Blassie’, Johnny Legend directed Kaufman and Freddie Blassie, the famous wrestling villain

1982

He even staged a brawl on the ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ show, in 1982

1981

He starred in three episodes of the 1981 ‘ABC’ channel show, ‘Fridays’

1979

In the April of 1979, at the beginning of a show, he introduced the audience to his grandmother whom he had invited for his show

1978

The act became so popular that the ‘American Broadcasting Company’ approached Andy for the role of Latka Gravas in the 1978 sitcom titled ‘Taxi’

1975

In 1975, Andy auditioned for the comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’, as per the suggestion of television executive Dick Ebersol

1971

Andy started his career as a stand-up comedian in various night clubs of Long Island, after graduating in 1971

1970

All of Kauffman’s performances were hilarious and unique, but the character of Foreign Man which later inspired the character of Latka Gravas in the 1970s sitcom ‘Taxi’, is undeniably his best act

1967

Andy attended the army recruitment camp, during the Vietnam War, after completing high school in 1967, but he was denied enlistment because of his poor performance in the psychological test

1956

He started his primary education at the ‘Saddle Rock Elementary’, but was later transferred to ‘Baker Hill Elementary school’, in 1956

1949

Andy, the first child of Janice Bernstein and Stanley Kaufman, was born on January 17th, 1949, in New York and raised in the posh locality of Great Neck, Long Island

1000

He proclaimed himself as the champion of inter-gender wrestling and offered prize money of $1000 to the woman contender who could defeat him

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