Kaufman, Andy

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Name
Kaufman, Andy Gender: M
Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman
born on 17 January 1949 at 18:03 (= 6:03 PM )
Place Jamaica, New York, 40n41, 73w48
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 27°32' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 09°20 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 11°58'



Portrait of Andy Kaufman 
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Andy Kaufman
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Biography

American actor who performed his off-beat, highly original, stand-up comedy and impressionist routine on TV, in clubs and concerts. His act ranged from brilliant to boring to bizarre. His career snowballed after he began appearing on Saturday Night Live, 1975, and then became a regular on the series, "Taxi," 1978. He was in the film "Heartbleeps" with co-star Bernadette Peters, in which he played a romantic robot.

He died of lung cancer 5/16/1984 at the age of 35. Fifteen years later he had a resurgence of interest with a memoir by his friend Bob Zmuda, "Andy Kaufman Revealed," (September 1999) and a biography by Bill Zehme, "Lost in the Funhouse," (December 1999). On 12/22/1999, a movie based on his life, opens, with Jim Carrey playing Kaufman.

The comic performed for himself from the time he was a kid, alone in his room. As he grew older, he put on his acts for his two younger siblings. As a teen he acted at kid's birthday parties. At Grahm Junior College, he discovered his lifelong interest in transcendental meditation, which also gave him the confidence to take his act into small Manhattan clubs, then to the Improv in Los Angeles. His pinnacle was a 1979 performance at Carnegie Hall, where he rented 20 school buses to take a crowd of 2,800 out for milk and cookies at a nearby school after the show.

Kaufman's twist became darker and was often offensive. Not everyone was amused at the cruelty he leveled at an audience, but eventually, his viewers simply got tired of the abuse. In 1982, after his 14th appearance on SNL, viewers voted him off the show in a call-in poll and the following year, "Taxi" was cancelled. Late in 1983, he was exiled from the TM movement, a bitter blow.

At 20, Kaufman had a daughter with a girlfriend but for the rest of his life, played the field, even when dating film editor Lynne Margulies. Near the end of 1983, a persistent cough was diagnosed as lung cancer. Until the end, he believed he'd get better, trying every remedy including hypnotism and faith healing.

He died of lung cancer on 5/16/1984 at the age of 35.

Link to Wikipedia biography

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Relationships

  • business associate/partner relationship with Conaway, Jeff (born 5 October 1950). Notes: Co-stars on "Taxi"
  • business associate/partner relationship with De Vito, Danny (born 17 November 1944). Notes: Co-stars on "Taxi"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Hirsch, Judd (born 15 March 1935). Notes: Co-stars on "Taxi"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Kane, Carol (born 18 June 1952). Notes: Co-stars on "Taxi"

Events

  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 October 1975 ("Saturday Night Live" debut broadcast)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 12 September 1978 (Debut broadcast of TV series "Taxi")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 20 February 1981 (Guest host on "Fridays")
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  • Work : Lose social status 5 April 1982 in Memphis (Wrestles Jerry Lawler)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 29 July 1982 (Appeared with Jerry Lawler on "Late Night with David Letterman")
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis January 1984 (Diagnosed lung cancer)
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  • Death by Disease 16 May 1984 at 6:27 PM in Los Angeles (Lung cancer, age 35)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released September 1999 (Book released)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 22 December 1999 (Movie released)
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Source Notes

Mary MacKenzie quotes him. Shelley Ackerman quotes him as a friend for 6:30 PM. ("Lost in the Funhouse" gives 2:00 PM, no source.)

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lung)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One illigimate child at 20)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Club performances)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection

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