Andy Kaufman: Tank you veddy much

Updated 7:46 AM ET, Thu October 8, 2015
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Andy Kaufman, the comedian who wasn't a comedian, as Latka Gravas on ABC's television show, "Taxi," one of his best-known roles, in 1978. Kaufman's death in 1984 has fueled many conspiracy theories to the effect that the actor faked it. Take a look back at his life cut short. JIM BRITT/abc/getty images
John Denver, left, Kaufman as "Foreign Man," and Dick Van Dyke during one of Kaufman's many "unscheduled" appearance on Van Dyke and Company in 1976. He became a favorite during the sketches. NBC/Getty images
Andy Kaufman onstage in 1977, wearing a "I love grandma" sweater after doing one of his trademark Elvis impersonations. NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Anne Murray, clockwise from upper left, Kaufman as Santa, Tom T. Hall, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash appear on the "Johnny Cash Christmas Special" on CBS in 1979. CBS /Landov
Kaufman with Danny DeVito during the episode "Latka the Playboy" on "Taxi," which aired on May 21, 1981. DeVito in 1999 produced a film about his co-star's life, titled "Man on the Moon," and starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman. ABC/Getty images
During the Janurary 30, 1982, episode of "Saturday Night Live," Kaufman performs an Elvis Presley impersonation. Kaufman had a lifelong fascination with the King. NBC/getty images
Kaufman had to go to a hospital for X-rays on his neck after getting a "pile driver" from professional wrestler Jerry Lawler during a match in Memphis on April 5, 1982. Like most of Kaufman's antics, his wrestling career was all a put-on, lending credence to rumors that his death itself was a hoax. "I would like nothing better than to know that Andy was still alive and been with us all this time," Lawler told CNN. "But like anybody else, I really don't know any more than what I've heard." Memphis Commercial Appeal/ap
Andy Warhol, left, with Caitlin Clarke, Debbie Harry and Kaufman, who appeared together in the Broadway show "Teaneck Tansi: The Venus Flytrap" at the Nederlander Theatre in New York. The show ran for only one night, on April 20, 1983. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images