Kaufman, Andy Geoffrey
1949 - Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman, born on the 17th of January in New York City into a Jewish family, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman. He was an American entertainer and performance artist.
1956 - He began performing for family and friends at the age of 7, and by the time he was 9 was being hired to entertain at children's parties.
1957 - After a year at a Boston junior college, he began performing his unique brand of stand-up comedy at coffee shops and nightclubs on the east coast.
1975 - Impressed by his abilities, Lorne Michaels asked Kaufman to appear on the inaugural broadcast of Saturday Night Live on the 11th of October.
1978 - 1983 - Best known for his work as Latka Gravas on the TV sitcom Taxi, he appeared in several TV shows and movies, on Broadway, did a one man show at Carnegie Hall, enjoyed a brief professional wrestling career and performed in concerts nation-wide.
1984 - Died in Los Angeles on the 16th of May of renal failure, caused by metastasized large cell carcinoma, a rare kind of lung cancer, and was interred in the Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York (Long Island).
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