Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984) was born on January 17, 1949.

Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman was an American actor, singer, amateur wrestler and performance artist. While often called a comedian, Kaufman preferred to describe himself instead as a "song and dance man". He has sometimes been called an "anti-comedian". He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, once saying in an interview, "I am not a comic, I have never told a joke. The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him. My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can."

Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984) was born on January 17, 1949.

January 17, 1949

Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984) was born on January 17, 1949.

Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman was an American actor, singer, amateur wrestler and performance artist. While often called a comedian, Kaufman preferred to describe himself instead as a "song and dance man". He has sometimes been called an "anti-comedian". He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, once saying in an interview, "I am not a comic, I have never told a joke. The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him. My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can."