Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

Highest Rated: 94% Our Man in Havana (1960)

Lowest Rated: 50% North to Alaska (1960)

Birthday: Jan 23, 1919

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Known for his signature bushy moustache, ever-present cigar and wildly irreverent manner, legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs actually had his start in the entertainment world as a singer, but his ability to both devise and improvise delightfully strange comic scenarios soon sent him off in a wholly different direction. After trying his hand at various mundane jobs, Kovacs found his home on television and honed his talent with a number of hosting gigs. Whether he was instructing housewives on how to spice up their evening meal or reporting the local weather, Kovacs always worked his unique brand of irreverence into even the drabbest show premise. When finally granted a program in which he could let his inner madman run wild, Kovacs concocted some of the zaniest and most original comedy of his day, best illustrated on "The Ernie Kovacs Show" (CBS/NBC, 1952-56). One of the key elements of his humor was its unexpected and incongruous nature, a natural outgrowth of his frequent ad-libbing, but also representative of his truly unique sensibilities. Kovacs' blackouts were quite experimental for the time and he would be credited with inspiring a number of later programs, particularly "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (NBC, 1968-73), as well as serving as role model for future comics with their own peculiar perspectives. Never short of unusual ideas and ways to somehow pull them off, Kovacs was incredibly inventive and a true trail blazer whose importance to the worlds of comedy and television could never be underestimated.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mapping the Blue Cinematographer - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kovacs! Unknown (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sail a Crooked Ship Bugsy G. Foglemeyer/The Captain (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 53% Pepe Immigration Inspector (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Golden Hours Aldo Bondi (Character) - 1961
94% 77% Our Man in Havana Capt. Segura (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Me When It's Over Capt. Charlie Stark (Character) - 1960
50% 76% North to Alaska Frankie Canon (Character) - 1960
60% 55% Strangers When We Meet Roger Altar (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 51% It Happened to Jane Harry Foster Malone (Character) - 1959
73% 65% Bell, Book and Candle Sidney Redlitch (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 40% Operation Mad Ball Capt. Paul Lock (Character) - 1957

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take a Good Look Host,
Creator
1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program Guest 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Bet Your Life Guest 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Host 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1956

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