ERNEST EDWARD "ERNIE" KOVACS (Comedian / Actor) BIRTH: January 13,1919 in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.A. DEATH: January 12, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. CAUSE OF DEATH: Automobile Accident CLAIM TO FAME: Wake Me When It's Over
Comedien & Actor, Ernie Kovacs died in a car accident on January 13, 1962, 10 days before his 43rd birthday, in Los Angeles. Such iconic and diverse shows as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, The Uncle Floyd Show, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and TV hosts such as David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have been influenced by Kovacs. His talent was not formally recognized until after his death.