Ernie Kovacs

Journalist / Disc Jockey | * 01/23/1919 († 42, 01/13/1962) | Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Ernest Edward Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. Kovacs's visually experimental and often spontaneous comedic style influenced numerous television comedy programs for years after his death. Kovacs has been credited as an influence by many individuals and shows, including Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Jim Henson, Max Headroom, Chevy Chase, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee-wee's Playhouse, The Muppet Show, Dave Garroway, Andy Kaufman, You Can't Do That on Television, Uncle Floyd, among others. Chevy Chase thanked Kovacs during his acceptance speech for his Emmy award for Saturday Night Live. Some of Kovacs's unusual behaviors included having pet marmosets and wrestling a jaguar on his live Philadelphia television show. When working at WABC (AM) as a morning-drive radio announcer and doing a mid-morning television series for NBC, Kovacs claimed to dislike eating breakfast alone while his wife, Edie Adams, was sleeping after her Broadway performances. His solution was to hire a taxi driver to come into their apartment with his own key and make breakfast for them both, then take Kovacs to th... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

Awards & Nominations for Ernie Kovacs

Emmy Award

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Movies with Ernie Kovacs as Actor(10)

as Bugsy G. Foglemeyer aka The Captain1961 Sail A Crooked Ship
as Aldo Bondi1961 Five Golden Hours
as Roger Altar1960 Strangers When We Meet
as Capt. Charlie Stark1960 Wake Me When It's Over
as Frankie Canon1960 North to Alaska
as Immigration Inspector1960 Pepe
as Harry Foster Malone1959 It Happened to Jane
as Capt. Segura1959 Our Man in Havana
as Sidney Redlitch1958 Bell, Book and Candle
as Capt. Paul Lock1957 Operation Mad Ball

TV Shows/Series with Ernie Kovacs as Actor(9)

Movies with Ernie Kovacs as Crew(1)

Camera/Camera Operator2015 Creatures of Light

TV Shows/Series with Ernie Kovacs as Crew(1)

Writing/Writer1952 The Ernie Kovacs Show

Born: Thursday, 01/23 1919 (January) in Trenton
Died: Saturday, 01/13 1962 (January) in Beverly Hills (aged: 42)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Spouses (current/former): Edie Adams
Ernie Kovacs frequently works together with these people:
Eddie Albert (6x, Actor)
William Bendix (6x, Actor)
Richard Quine (6x, Crew)
James Stewart (5x, Actor)
Lucille Ball (5x, Actress)
Robert Cummings (5x, Actor)
Ed Wynn (5x, Actor)
Ronald Reagan (5x, Actor)
Boris Karloff (5x, Actor)
Steve Allen (5x, Actor)
Desi Arnaz (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:28269, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 07/09/2020