Ernie Kovacs



  • Birth Name: Ernest Edward Kovacs
  • Birth Place: Trenton, NJ
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/23/1919, Aquarius
  • Date of Death: 01/13/1962
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; producer; director; writer
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Ernie Kovacs Fast Facts:
  • Father was a Prohibition-era bootlegger.
  • From 1945 to '50, wrote a weekly humor column for the Trentonian (NJ) newspaper.
  • In 1953, despite gaining custody of his two daughters from his ex-wife, she disappeared with the girls and Kovacs didn't see them for almost two years before being reunited with them in 1955.
  • Died in 1962 at age 42 in a car accident in Los Angeles.
  • Jeff Goldblum portrayed him in the 1984 TV movie Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter.
  • A 1987 inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
  • Epitaph on his tombstone reads "Nothing in Moderation."
  • Ernie Kovacs Relationships:
  • Andrew Kovacs - Father
  • Edie Adams - Wife
  • Kippie Raleigh Kovacs - Daughter
  • Mary Kovacs - Mother
  • Thomas Kovacs - Half Brother
  • Elisabeth Lee Andrea Kovacs - Daughter
  • Bette Lee Wilcox - Ex-wife
  • Mia Susan Kovacs - Daughter
  • Ernie Kovacs Awards:
  • 1958 Emmy: Best Comedy Writing - Nominee
  • 1957 Emmy: Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation Comedy - Nominee
  • 1962 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Camera Work - Winner
  • 1957 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series - Nominee


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