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Rodney Dangerfield

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Rodney Dangerfield was born in Deer Park, New York in 1921. His birth name was Jacob Cohen. Jacob Cohen began writing jokes at the age of 15, 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” (“Toast of the Town” (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 disgruntled everyman type that became a hit all across nightclubs in the 1960s. Dangerfield also made many appearances on the “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1962) and “The Dean Martin Show” (1965) in the 1970s. Rodney Dangerfield snatched a minor supporting part in the movie The Projectionist (1971), in 1971. By the mid 1970s he had cemented his image as a comedian constantly tugging at his red tie, always proclaiming he gets no respect. His big break came with many appearances on “Saturday Night Live” (1975), bringing himself to a much wider audience and proving hysterical on many occasions. In 1980, Dangerfield became a cornerstone of American comedy with the classic Caddyshack (1980).

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  • Octaviobanake

    Shakespeare's Friend! \o

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • cousinbull

    happy thanksgiving to all,happy birthday to Rodney wherever you may be,lets laugh & be thankful.

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • HumbleGold

    The real joke is the related artists: Carlos Mencia and Larry the Cable Guy... no respect at all for those fakes 4 realz. [2] Word is bond, son!

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    ...right after this drink!!!

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    The real joke is the related artists: Carlos Mencia and Larry the Cable Guy... no respect at all for those fakes 4 realz.

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • rod32lop

    The greatest man that humanity has ever known!

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sulisk

    Love it all

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • bjunt4prez

    My hero.

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ArctorTroy

    "My uncle's dying wish was to have me sitting on his lap. He was in the electric chair." ROFLMAO, comics could learn a few things from this genius. r.i.p. Rodney

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • YE_CUM

    they say 'love thy neighbour' what am i supposed to do, jerk him off too?!

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Big_Shotgood

    nice bio

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • paulfree1

    isn;t yet available ?? - he's been dead for yrs -- NO RESPECT !!@!

    3 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Jazz13

    I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

    15 Jul 2007 Reply
  • moperyx

    With songs like Rappin' Rodney I can see why you don't get much respect nowadays, but you were a funny old bastard. Rest in peace.

    17 Nov 2006 Reply
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