You’ve heard the hoax about Andy Kaufman, but how much do you really know about the comedian and actor?
Andy Kaufman reportedly died in 1984, but on Nov. 11, his brother and alleged daughter came forward to explain that he was actually alive and well — and was a “stay at home dad.” So, we’re left puzzled about the hoax. The comedian, who had joked about faking his death throughout his career, just wanted a life outside of the limelight, both his brother and “daughter” claimed. See the shocking video of the daughter, and find out five must-know facts about the Taxi star.
Andy Kaufman: 5 Things To Know About The Comedian
1. If Andy did die, it was at a hospital in West Hollywood, Cali. on May 16, 1984, at the age of 35. His cause of death was listed as kidney failure after a rare case of lung cancer. He was buried in Elmont, New York at Beth David Cemetery.
2. If this daughter is real, she will be the second child Andy has had. Maria Bellu-Colonna is his first, who was born out of wedlock to Andy and his high-school sweetheart. They put her up for adoption.
3. Jim Carrey‘s film Man on the Moon was made about Andy’s life. Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch, Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Conaway, all appear in the film as themselves and were real-life friends of Andy’s. Also in the film is his Taxi costar, Danny DeVito.
4. Andy didn’t like to be called a comedian. While that is his description as an entertainer, when he was alive, he would correct people saying, “I am a song and dance man.”
5. His alter ego popped up a year after his death. Andy’s best friend Bob Zmuba took on Tom Clifton, an alter ego Andy frequently played, in an appearance at The Comedy Store on the anniversary of Andy’s death.
So HollywoodLifers — what do you believe? Do you think Andy died thirty years ago? Or is he still alive? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta