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Kaufman, Andy Geoffrey

Born: 1949 AD
Died: 1984 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers, Performance Artist

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).