|Born||Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman
January 17, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 16, 1984
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Resting place||Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, New York
|Alma mater||Grahm Junior College|
|Occupation||Actor, entertainer, singer, comedian|
|Home town||Great Neck, Long Island, New York|
|Television||Latka Gravas in Taxi (1978–1983)|
Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, comedian, actor, and singer. Kaufman was known for his role as Latka Gravas in the comedy television series Taxi and for creating Tony Clifton, a fictional character.
Kaufman was born on January 17, 1949 in New York City, New York to a Jewish family. He was raised in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Kaufman studied at Grahm Junior College. He was never married and had no children.
Kaufman allegedly told many people—including Bob Zmuda—that he wished to fake his own death. This had caused some fans to believe Kaufman was still alive when he died. Kaufman himself said that if he were to fake his death, he would return 20 years later, which would have been in 2004. Many of Kaufman's fans saw a picture that looks similar to that of Andy.
References[change | edit source]
- Andy Kaufman at Find A Grave
- Bill Zehme, Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman (New York 2001)
- "The Last(?) Days of Andy Kaufman". Andykaufman.jvlnet.com. http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com/final.htm. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
- Sacks, Ethan (2013-05-23). "Andy Kaufman alive and well in Albuquerque, N.M., and video proves it, zealous fans claim 'Taxi' star died of cancer in 1984, but 'disciples' believe faking death was prankster's greatest joke". Daily News (New York). http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/fans-claim-video-shows-andy-kaufman-alive-article-1.1352616. Retrieved 2013-05-23.