Ernie Kovacs


Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

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Ernie Kovacs

Date of Birth

Date of Birth: January 23, 1919
Date of Passing: January 13, 1962
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey

Ernie Kovacs was an American comedian, actor, writer, and director.

Ernie Kovacs was an American comedian, actor, writer, and director.

Kovacs's visually experimental and often spontaneous comedic style influenced numerous television comedy programs for years after his death. Many individuals, such as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Dave Garroway, Jim Henson, Chevy Chase, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and the creators of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and many others have credited Kovacs as an influence. Chevy Chase thanked Kovacs during his acceptance speech for his Emmy award for Saturday Night Live.

While Kovacs received an Emmy nomination for best performance in a comedy series during 1957, his talent was not recognized formally until after his death.

The 1962 Emmy for outstanding electronic camera work and the Directors' Guild award came a short time after his fatal automobile accident.

Kovacs also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television.

Ernie Kovacs was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Bust of Ernie Kovacs in the Hall of Fame Garden. Sculpture by Angie Whitson.

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