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George Shapiro, left, in 2006 George Shapiro is an American talent manager and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winning television producer .
Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor and performance artist . While often referred to as a comedian , Kaufman did not consider himself to be one. [ 2 ] He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, referring to himself instead as a "song-and-dance man." Elaborate hoaxes and pranks were major elements of his career.