It is suspected that Ernie Kovacs' death in a car crash was caused by losing control of the steering as he was trying to light a cigar by striking a match against his shoe sole. He hated to use lighters, believing they ruined the taste of a cigar.
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.
Ernie Kovacs (1919 - 1962) Born Ernest Edward Kovacs was an American comedian whose uninhibited, often ad-libbed, and visually experimental comic style came to influence numerous television comedy programs for years after his death in an automobile accident. Born in Trenton, NJ
Edie Adams Birth: Apr. 16, 1927 Death: Oct. 15, 2008 Actress, Singer. She was a familiar presence of television, motion pictures and the theater in a career that spanned from the 1950s until her passing. She was married to comedian Ernie Kovacs, and co-starred in his television programs which included "The Ernie Kovacs Show" and "Take a Good Look".