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Andy Kaufman Revealed! Best Friend Tells All

by Bob Zmuda with Matthew Scott Hanson

Best known for his sweet-natured character Latka on Taxi, Andy Kaufman was the most influential comic of the generation that produced David Letterman, John Belushi, and Robin Williams. A regular on the early days of Saturday Night Live (where he regularly disrupted planned skits), Kaufman quickly became known for his idiosyncratic roles and for performances that crossed the boundaries of comedy, challenging expectations and shocking audiences. Kaufman's death from lung cancer at age 35 (he'd never smoked) stunned his fans and the comic community that had come to look to him as its lightning rod and standard bearer. Bob Zmuda, Kaufman's closest friend, producer, writer, and straight man, breaks his twenty-year silence about Kaufman and unmasks the man he knew better than anyone. He chronicles Kaufman's meteoric rise, the development of his extraordinary personas, the private man behind the driven actor and comedian, and answers the question most often asked: Did Andy Kaufman fake his own death?

Published in Biography

Bob Zmuda

Bob Zmuda is one of television’s most prolific producers and is the Emmy and ACE Award-winning creator of HBO’s highly successful Comic Relief telecasts hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams. His book, Andy Kaufman Revealed: Best Friend Tells All, was published by Little, Brown & Co. and he was the co-executive producer of the Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jim Carrey.

Published in Authors