Last updated by Sean Sweeny on April 28, 2014
[Andy Kauffman Gallery]
- Andy Kaufman was a popular entertainer and comedian in 70s & 80s who was known for his unorthadox methods..
- Andy Kaufman is most often associated with Latka Gravas, a character he played on the sitcom “Taxi”..
- 1978: Andy Kaufman began wrestling women on talk shows, calling himself the Inter-gender Wrestling Champion..
- ~~~Andy would offer prizes ($1000 for example) to any woman who could beat him in the ring, but none could pin his shoulders..
- ~~~~~~~~~~~~One time he even offered that if any woman beat him that he would marry her and shave his head completely bald..
- During one of Andy’s inter-gender matches, Kaufman was confronted by Memphis hero, Jerry “The King” Lawler..
- Jerry “The King” Lawler challenged Andy Kaufman to a wrestling match, an offer Kaufman initially declined..
- Andy Kaufman was billed from Hollywood, California and became the most hated man on the Memphis circuit..
- April 5, 1982 – Memphis: Andy Kaufman defeated Jerry Lawler by DQ when Lawler used the outlawed Piledriver!
- ~~~Jerry Lawler delivered two stiff pile-drivers, putting Andy Kauffman in the hospital with a “broken neck”..
- ~~~Kaufman said he suffered an injury, a claim that is widely suspected to be a hoax perpetrated by Kaufman..
- July 29, 1982: Andy Kaufman tried to apologize to Jerry “The King” Lawler on The Late Show with David Letterman..
- ~~~Jerry “The King” Lawler refused to accept the apology and stood up and slapped Andy Kaufman across the face!
- ~~~~~~Andy Kaufman retaliated by throwing a cup of hot coffee at Jerry Lawler and shouting obscenities at him!
- May 16, 1984: Andy Kaufman died at age 35 of a rare form of lung cancer..
- ~~~Andy Kauffman often said he wanted to fake his own death which led people to believe this was a hoax…
- 1999: Man on the Moon, a Hollywood movie starring Jim Carrey about the life of Andy Kaufman is released..
- ~~~Part of the movie covered Andy’s time in wrestling and revealed that his feud with The King was a work..