Ernie Kovacs

Actor, Comedian, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/23/1919 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

The New Ernie Kovacs Show 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Sail a Crooked Ship 1961 (Movie)

The Captain (Actor)

The Ernie Kovacs Special 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

North to Alaska 1960 (Movie)

Frankie Canon (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Immigration Insopector (Actor)

Strangers When We Meet 1960 (Movie)

Roger Altar (Actor)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

Captain Starks (Actor)

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

Harry Foster Malone (Actor)

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

Captain Segura (Actor)

Bell, Book and Candle 1958 (Movie)

Sidney Redlitch (Actor)

Operation Mad Ball 1957 (Movie)

Captain Paul Lock (Actor)

Sonja Henie's Holiday on Ice 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ernie Kovacs Show 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The New Ernie Kovacs Show 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

The New Ernie Kovacs Show 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Edie Adams Actor

Wife
Married 1954 until his death 1962

Edie Adams

Wife
married from September 12, 1954 until his death mother of youngest daughter

Andrew Kovacs

Father
separated from Kovacs' mother in 1936

Mary Kovacs

Mother
separated from Kovacs' father in 1936

Betty Kovacs

Daughter
born c. 1947 mother, Betty Wilcox

Kippie Kovacs

Daughter
born c. 1949 mother, Betty Wilcox

Mia Kovacs

Daughter
born on June 20, 1959 mother, Edie Adams

Thomas Kovacs

Half-Brother
from father's first marriage born c. 1911

Betty Wilcox

Wife
born c. 1924 married on August 13, 1945 separated in 1950 divorced c. 1952 mother of Kovacs' two older daughters Kovacs retained custody of children after divorce in 1953 she disappeared with daughters for close to two years Kovacs was reunited with them in 1955

EDUCATION

attended an acting workshop in East Hampton, New York, on scholarship

New York School of the Theatre

New York , New York
attended on scholarship

Central High School

Trenton , New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987

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