With his disturbing wit, Andy Kaufman became a cult figure in the 70s. Star 2761 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame now bears his name.
Movie star Jim Carrey and director Milos Forman commemorated the anarcho-comedian Andy Kaufman with the biopic “The Moonman” (2000). Now Kaufman, who died in 1984, also has a place of honor in Hollywood. On Thursday (local time), the US comedian was posthumously awarded a star plaque on the “Walk of Fame”. It is the 2761st star on the famous sidewalk.
Kaufman became a cult figure in the US in the 1970s with his disturbing joke. The New York native was an uncomfortable comedian who surprised audiences. For example, he created the character of a “foreigner” who only spoke broken English, and parodied celebrities like Jimmy Carter or Elvis Presley. On the show stage, the eccentric challenged women from the audience to wrestling matches.
Kaufman has also been on the Saturday Night Live comedy show and is a frequent guest on talk shows. He appeared in the sitcom “Taxi” alongside Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito and Marilu Henner. Henner (71) described Kaufman at the ceremony on the “Walk of Fame” as a comedian who provoked and irritated, but was “damn interesting”.
When Kaufman’s death at the age of 35 from lung cancer became known, many didn’t want to believe it at the time, as Henner said. At first they thought it was a bad joke.
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