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Birth information

22 November 1921 Deer Park, Long Island, New York, USA

Death information

5 October 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Jacob Cohen

Nickname

Jack
Jackie
Mad Jack
Jack Roy

How tall is Rodney Dangerfield?

1.79 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Joan Child
Joyce Indig
Joyce Indig

Life Story of Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant. Rodney began writing jokes at the age of fifteen, and started performing before he was 20. He took his act to the road for ten years, his stage name was "Jack Roy". While working as a struggling comedian, Rodney Dangerfield worked as a singing waiter. His first run at comedy was to no avail.

Rodney Dangerfield married Joyce Indig, in 1949 and had two children: Brian and Melanie. During the 1950s, Rodney was an aluminum siding salesman, living in New Jersey. The comedian made another attempt at stand-up comedy, this time as Rodney Dangerfield. In 1961, Rodney divorced from his wife.

When he appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), Rodney Dangerfield made Ed Sullivan laugh. Few people ever provoked any kind of reaction out of the legendary Ed Sullivan. Dangerfield had the image of a lovable...

Significant features of Rodney Dangerfield

Famous one-liners
Self-deprecating humor
Wore white shirt and red tie on stage
Catchphrase: "I don't get no respect!"
Nervously dabbing his forehead and neck with a handkerchief

How much money has Rodney Dangerfield earned?

Caddyshack (1980) $35,000

Publications and Magazines about Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs. 2004

What movies did Rodney Dangerfield play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Rodney's Act (2004) , My 5 Wives (2000) , Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast (1997) , Meet Wally Sparks (1997) , It's Lonely at the Top (1992) , Rover Dangerfield (1991) ,
Actors Filmography
Angels with Angles (2005) God, Still Standing (2004) Ed Bailey, Back by Midnight (2004) Jake Puloski, Phil of the Future (2004) Mad Max, The Electric Piper (2003) Rat-A-Tat-Tat, The 4th Tenor (2002) Lupo, Little Nicky (2000) Lucifer, My 5 Wives (2000) Monte Peterson, Pirates: 3D Show (1999) Crewman Below Deck, Rusty: A...

Birth information

22 November 1921 Deer Park, Long Island, New York, USA

Death information

5 October 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Jacob Cohen

Nickname

Jack
Jackie
Mad Jack
Jack Roy

How tall is Rodney Dangerfield?

1.79 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Joan Child
Joyce Indig
Joyce Indig

Life Story of Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant. Rodney began writing jokes at the age of fifteen, and started performing before he was 20. He took his act to the road for ten years, his stage name was "Jack Roy". While working as a struggling comedian, Rodney Dangerfield worked as a singing waiter. His first run at comedy was to no avail.

Rodney Dangerfield married Joyce Indig, in 1949 and had two children: Brian and Melanie. During the 1950s, Rodney was an aluminum siding salesman, living in New Jersey. The comedian made another attempt at stand-up comedy, this time as Rodney Dangerfield. In 1961, Rodney divorced from his wife.

When he appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), Rodney Dangerfield made Ed Sullivan laugh. Few people ever provoked any kind of reaction out of the legendary Ed Sullivan. Dangerfield had the image of a lovable...

Significant features of Rodney Dangerfield

Famous one-liners
Self-deprecating humor
Wore white shirt and red tie on stage
Catchphrase: "I don't get no respect!"
Nervously dabbing his forehead and neck with a handkerchief

How much money has Rodney Dangerfield earned?

Caddyshack (1980) $35,000

Publications and Magazines about Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs. 2004

What movies did Rodney Dangerfield play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Rodney's Act (2004) , My 5 Wives (2000) , Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast (1997) , Meet Wally Sparks (1997) , It's Lonely at the Top (1992) , Rover Dangerfield (1991) ,
Actors Filmography
Angels with Angles (2005) God, Still Standing (2004) Ed Bailey, Back by Midnight (2004) Jake Puloski, Phil of the Future (2004) Mad Max, The Electric Piper (2003) Rat-A-Tat-Tat, The 4th Tenor (2002) Lupo, Little Nicky (2000) Lucifer, My 5 Wives (2000) Monte Peterson, Pirates: 3D Show (1999) Crewman Below Deck, Rusty: A...

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Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers (1994)

Went public about his lifelong bout with depression in 1997.

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Rodney Dangerfield, Edie McClurg, and Sean Stone in Natural Born Killers (1994)

Made 70 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).

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Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers (1994)

Chosen #36 out of the 50 funniest people by "Entertainment Weekly".

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Rodney Dangerfield in Wally Sparks - König des schlechten Geschmacks (1997)

Premiered Meet Wally Sparks (1997) in the small town of Daingerfield, TX. A street there was then named after him.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Cindy Williams in Wally Sparks - König des schlechten Geschmac

On Nov. 22, 2001, he suffered what was called a "mild" heart attack on his 80th birthday.

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Rodney Dangerfield in Wally Sparks - König des schlechten Geschmacks (1997)

Was the first entertainer to own a website (www.rodney.com), which was launched in February 1995.

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Rodney Dangerfield in Wally Sparks - König des schlechten Geschmacks (1997)

His trademark white shirt and red tie are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Cindy Williams in Wally Sparks - König des schlechten Geschmac

His first big break was "The Ed Sullivan Show" (The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), which he did 16 times.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Edie McClurg in Natural Born Killers (1994)

Through his HBO shows from Dangerfield's--his New York City comedy club--he introduced Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr, Louie Anderson, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rita Rudner, Sam Kinison, Robert Townsend, Bob Saget, and Jeff Foxworthy to TV.

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Juliette Lewis and Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers (1994)

Wanting to remain near his children, he opened the now-legendary Manhattan comedy club that bears his name.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Scott Colomby in Caddyshack - Wahnsinn ohne Handicap (1980)

Was 30 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 2 days older than his last wife, Joan Dangerfield.

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Rodney Dangerfield, Dr. Dow, and Ted Knight in Caddyshack - Wahnsinn ohne Handicap (1980)

He had two children by his first wife Joyce Indig: Brian and Melanie.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Scott Colomby in Caddyshack - Wahnsinn ohne Handicap (1980)

On April 8, 2003, underwent arterial brain surgery to improve his body's blood flow in preparation for a heart valve replacement.

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Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack - Wahnsinn ohne Handicap (1980)

After regaining consciousness from his brain surgery, his first request was to watch Jerry Springer (1991).

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Rodney Dangerfield and M. Emmet Walsh in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 130-132. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

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Rodney Dangerfield and Burt Young in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

In his 20-4 autobiography "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me", he revealed that he was paid $35,000 to star in Caddyshack (1980), but in doing so he had to give up more than $100,000 in bookings in Las Vegas in order to make the movie.

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Rodney Dangerfield in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

Was hospitalized 24 August 2004 for heart valve-replacement surgery.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Keith Gordon in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

One of the great late bloomers of Hollywood. He was already near 60 when his first big movie, Caddyshack (1980), premiered in 1980.

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Rodney Dangerfield, J. Cynthia Brooks, Randi Randolph, and Stacey Toten in Mach's nochmal, etc.

Based his famous "I get no respect" on The Godfather (1972), since he figured that "Vito Corleone" had respect. He also based it on an experience he had at a nightclub. One night, he saw an older, low-level gangster complaining about how young people gave him "no respect, no respect at all" and he never forgot it.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joe Pesci, Rodney Dangerfield, and Taylor Negron in Monty, etc.

Ddied at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications following heart valve replacement surgery he had undergone on August 25, 2004. After the surgery he slipped into a "light coma," from which he emerged briefly before his death. He is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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Rodney Dangerfield in Monty, der Millionenerbe (1983)

The epitaph on his tombstone reads "There goes the neighborhood".

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Rodney Dangerfield, Erin Murphy, and Lisa Murrell in Monty, der Millionenerbe (1983)

After he quit show business in 1949 he became an aluminum-siding salesman on Long Island (NY). He was actually quite successful t it, and eventually owned his own home improvement business, which he abandoned when he relaunched his career in the early 1960s.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rodney Dangerfield, Candice Azzara, etc.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 123-124. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

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Rodney Dangerfield in Monty, der Millionenerbe (1983)

Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6366 Hollywood Blvd.

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Rodney Dangerfield in Monty, der Millionenerbe (1983)

Despite being known for playing belligerent losers, he was by all accounts a sensitive and intelligent man and resented being confused with his comedic persona.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Keith Gordon in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

According to director Oliver Stone, Dangerfield didn't understand Natural Born Killers (1994) during shooting and didn't understand what Stone was trying to do by shooting such a dark subject as a father molesting his daughter in the style of a 1950s sitcom. As such, he found it very difficult to perform his part. However, Stone was delighted that when the film came out, Dangerfield's performance was hailed as one of the movie's strongest points.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Sally Kellerman in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

One of the few actors to have played both God (in Angels with Angles (2005)) and Lucifer (in Little Nicky (2000).

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Ned Beatty, Rodney Dangerfield, and Paxton Whitehead in Mach's nochmal, Dad (1986)

His wide eyes are due to having Graves disease.

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Rodney Dangerfield and Cyndi Lauper

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