Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman
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Andy Kaufman Biography

Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor and performance artist. While often referred to as a comedian, Kaufman did not self-identify as one. He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood. He referred to himself as a "song and dance man".

Kaufman was born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Janice (née Bernstein) and Stanley Kaufman. He grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, and began performing at the age of 9. He attended the now defunct two-year Grahm Junior College in Boston, graduating in 1971. After leaving college he began performing stand-up comedy at various small clubs along the East coast. Read Full Bio >>