Latka Gravas

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Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas

Latka Gravas is a fictional character on the television sitcom Taxi portrayed by Andy Kaufman. Latka was based on a character Kaufman created known as Foreign Man.

In 1977, the producers of Taxi saw Kaufman's Foreign Man act at The Comedy Store. They had already created the main characters for the pilot but they enjoyed Kaufman so much they immediately offered him a role based on the character.[1] Kaufman wasn't a fan of sitcoms, but his manager, George Shapiro, convinced him that this would rocket him to stardom, where he would make a lot of money which he could then put into his own act.[1] Kaufman agreed to appear in 14 episodes per season.


  1. ^ a b "Andy Kaufman Oral History", interviews with Don Steinberg, GQ Magazine, December 1999.