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Man on the Moon (1999)

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Coming Out at 22 December 1999 in theaters

Biography, Comedy, Drama

Man on the Moon is biographical comedy-drama film about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman, starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman. The film was directed by Miloš Forman and also features Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, and Paul Giamatti.

The story traces Kaufman’s steps from childhood through the comedy clubs and television appearances that made him famous, including his memorable appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Fridays, and his role as Latka Gravas on the sitcom Taxi, which was popular among viewers but disruptive for Kaufman’s co-stars. The film pays particular attention to the various inside jokes, scams, put-ons, and happenings for which Kaufman was famous, most significantly his long-running feud with wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler and his portrayal of the bawdy lounge singer Tony Clifton.

Although the film was unsuccessful commercially and received mixed reviews, Carrey received critical acclaim for his performance and won a Golden Globe, his second in a row after his award for The Truman Show. His nomination was in the Musical/Comedy category.

Director: Milos Forman

Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Brittany Colonna, Leslie Lyles, Bobby Boriello, George Shapiro

Cast

Jim CarreyAndy Kaufman
Gerry BeckerStanley Kaufman – Andy’s Father
Greyson Erik PendryLittle Michael Kaufman 
Brittany ColonnaBaby Carol Kaufman
Leslie LylesJanice Kaufman – Andy’s Mother
Bobby BorielloLittle Andy Kaufman
George ShapiroMr. Besserman
Danny DeVitoGeorge Shapiro
Budd FriedmanBudd Friedman
Tom DreesenWiseass Comic
Thomas ArmbrusterImprov Piano Player
Pamela AbdyDiane Barnett
Wendy PollandLittle Wendy
Cash OshmanYogi
Matt PriceMeditation Student
Christina CabotMeditation Student
Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
Melanie VeseyCarol Kaufman
Michael KellyMichael Kaufman
Miles Chapin‘SNL’ Assistant
Isadore RosenfeldNBC Executive 
Vincent SchiavelliMaynard Smith – ABC Executive
Molly SchafferMaynard Smith’s Assistant
Howard WestABC Executive
Greg TravisABC Executive
Maureen MuellerABC Executive
Philip PerlmanMama Rivoli’s Angry Guy
Jessica DevlinMama Rivoli’s Diner
Paul GiamattiBob Zmuda
Jeff ThomasAndy’s Stand-In
Peter BonerzEd. Weinberger – ‘Taxi’ Producer
Howard Keystone‘Taxi’ Marching Man
Howdy DoodyHowdy Doody
Brent BriscoeHeavyset Technician
Ray BokhourBlue Collar Guy
Patton OswaltBlue Collar Guy
Caroline GibsonSorority Girl
Conrad RobertsCollege Promoter
Jeff ZabelCollege Student
Marilyn SokolMadame
Angela JonesHooker
Krystina CarsonHooker
Gerry Robert Byrne‘Taxi’ AD / Stage Manager
Mark DavenportLA Times Reporter
Bert F. Balsam‘Taxi’ Security Guard
Lonnie HamiltonTaxi Security Guard
Ron SanchezTaxi Security Guard
Billy D. LucasTaxi Security Guard
Patricia ScanlonEd Weinberger’s Secretary
Max AlexanderHarrah’s Booker
Ed MitchellHarrah’s Conductor
Reiko AylesworthMimi
Michael VillaniMerv Griffin
Courtney LoveLynne Margulies
Maria Elena MaglarisIrate Merv Spectator
Heath HycheMerv’s Guest Coordinator
Robert HolemanBoxing Trainer
Jim RossWrestling Commentator 
Jerry LawlerJerry Lawler
Tamara BossettFoxy Jackson
Gene LeBellFoxy Jackson Referee
Bob ZmudaJack Burns
Brian Peck‘Fridays’ Announcer
Caroline Rhea‘Fridays’ Melanie
Mary Lynn Rajskub‘Fridays’ Mary
Philip LenkowskyFridays’ Tech Director 
Rob Steiner‘Fridays’ Control Booth Tech
Claudia Jaffee‘Fridays’ Floor Director
Armando GuerreroJerry Lawler Referee
Lance RussellRing Announcer
Stephen SayadianStadium Photographer
K.P. PalmerMemphis Paramedic
Mark MajettiMemphis Paramedic
Deana Molle’Memphis Paramedic 
Mews SmallTM Administrator
David ElliottTM Administrator
Fredd WayneBland Doctor
Tracey Walter‘National Enquirer’ Editor
David Koechner‘National Enquirer’ Reporter
Jeanine Jackson‘National Enquirer’ Reporter
Johnny LegendWild-Haired Guru
Doris EatonEleanor Gould
Greg SuttonCarnegie Hall Conductor
Sydney LassickCrystal Healer
Yoshi JenkinsJun Roxas
Lance AlarconComedy Store Patron
D.J. JohnsonComedy Store Waiter
Melissa CarreyComedy Store Waitress
Doug FordTony Clifton Biker
Bill ReidTony Clifton Biker
Chuck ZitoTony Clifton Biker
Danielle BurgioNew York City Rockette
Linda CevallosNew York City Rockette
Betsy ChangNew York City Rockette
Jennifer ChavarriaNew York City Rockette
Shirry DolginNew York City Rockette
Lisa EatonNew York City Rockette
Melanie A. GageNew York City Rockette
Catherine HaderNew York City Rockette
Betsy HarrisNew York City Rockette

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