Actors You Recognize, But Don’t Know Their Name: Carol Kane


Previously I thought that most folks would know this great actress’ name, but some recent conversations with younger folks told me I was wrong (damn millennials!). From Kane’s first film role in Mike Nichols’ CARNAL KNOWLEDGE to other parts in such crucial ‘70s movies as THE LAST DETAIL, HESTER STREET (for which she got an Oscar nomination), DOG DAY AFTERNOON, ANNIE HALL, and even THE MUPPET MOVIE, she was a very memorable presence.

Since then she’s been a reliably wacky persona in movies such as SCROOGED, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and ISHTAR as well as countless other appearances (this isn’t true - you can indeed count them). 

Her hilarious role on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aside, there are way too many TV turns to mention here, but her role as Simka, the wife of foreign mechanic Latka (Andy Kaufman) on the classic sitcom Taxi has to be her crowning achievement as she won two Emmys for it - this is notable as it’s two more Emmys than Kaufman ever won.

More later...


Previously I thought that most folks would know this great actress’ name, but some recent conversations with younger folks told me I was wrong (damn millennials!). From Kane’s first film role in Mike Nichols’ CARNAL KNOWLEDGE to other parts in such crucial ‘70s movies as THE LAST DETAIL, HESTER STREET (for which she got an Oscar nomination), DOG DAY AFTERNOON, ANNIE HALL, and even THE MUPPET MOVIE, she was a very memorable presence.

Since then she’s been a reliably wacky persona in movies such as SCROOGED, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and ISHTAR as well as countless other appearances (this isn’t true - you can indeed count them). 

Her hilarious role on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aside, there are way too many TV turns to mention here, but her role as Simka, the wife of foreign mechanic Latka (Andy Kaufman) on the classic sitcom Taxi has to be her crowning achievement as she won two Emmys for it - this is notable as it’s two more Emmys than Kaufman ever won.

More later...

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