Ernie Kovacs

kovacs1January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962

Modern television owes just about everything to the unbridled genius of Ernie Kovacs. His spontaneous, unexpected and often eccentric comedy style is either directly or indirectly responsible for shows like Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and Captain Kangaroo. He also influenced nearly all of the major talk show hosts of the last 30 years from Conan O’Brien to David Letterman. Kovacs was a true original. A truly brilliant performer whose emphasis on experimental comedy would pave the way for how we see television today. He loved music. He loved cigars. He loved driving fast…and, well, that rarely ends well. Kovacs was killed in an early morning, single-car accident when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a pole. Despite the obvious drawbacks of being dead, it was a smart career move and Ernie Kovacs, who had never really received high acclaim in life, became a cult phenomenon. His style was suddenly appreciated. And the rest, as they say, is history.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Remembrance; In the middle of the large lawn section in front of and about 24 rows down from the entrance to the Court of Remembrance, near the middle of the row.


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