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."


  • 1958, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing: Nominee
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation Comedy: Nominee
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series: Nominee
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Camera Work: Winner


  • Thomas Kovacs — Half Brother
  • Andrew Kovacs — Father
  • Bette Lee Wilcox — Ex-wife
  • Mia Susan Kovacs — Daughter
  • Edie Adams — Wife
  • Kippie Raleigh Kovacs — Daughter
  • Mary Kovacs — Mother
  • Elisabeth Lee Andrea Kovacs — Daughter


  • Birth Name: Ernest Edward Kovacs
  • Birth Place: Trenton, NJ
  • Died: January 13, 1962
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Director, Writer

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