Andy Kaufman

Comic Actor and Performance Artist
Born Jan 17, 1949

Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman was an American entertainer, actor and performance artist. While often referred to as a comedian, Kaufman did not consider himself to be one. He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, referring to himself instead as a "song-and-dance man. " Elaborate hoaxes and pranks were major elements of his career.… Read More

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1949 Birth Kaufman was born on January 17, 1949 in New York City, the oldest of three children. … Read More


1971 22 Years Old After graduating in 1971, he began performing stand-up comedy at various small clubs along the East Coast. … Read More
1976 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Kaufman made a name for himself as a guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live, his first prime time appearances were several guest spots as the "Foreign Man" on the Dick Van Dyke variety show Van Dyke and Company in 1976.
1977 28 Years Old In the 1977 edition, Kaufman performed a song titled "I Trusted You" (which features only those three words, repeated over and over, as lyrics), while in 1981 he is shown sitting in the audience during a performance by Tony Clifton (although it was obvious Kaufman was not in the audience during the sketch). … Read More


1980 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Kaufman made a number of appearances on the daytime edition of The David Letterman Show in 1980, and 11 appearances on Late Night with David Letterman in 1982 and 1983. … Read More
1982 33 Years Old 1 More Event
At Park West Theatre in Chicago on March 26, 1982, Kaufman performed stage hypnosis where he induced local DJ Steve Dahl to urinate while sitting in a large box. … Read More
1983 34 Years Old At Thanksgiving dinner on Long Island, New York, in November 1983, several family members openly expressed worry about Kaufman's persistent coughing. … Read More
In 1984, Andy made his final professional appearance on a TV show called "The Top." … Read More
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