Paul Rodriguez

Comedian, Actor, Director
One of the most popular and respected Latino comics in America, Paul Rodriguez was also an actor and producer who shared the humor and humanity of his upbringing with audiences of all backgrounds. The son of immigrants ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1955 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (130)

Cloud Nine 2014 (Movie)

Mr Wong (Actor)

One Long Night 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Without Men 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Who Gets the Last Laugh? 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Crazy Carlito (Actor)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez & Friends: Comedy Rehab 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaken Not Stirred 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Chico (Actor)

Lonely Street 2008 (Movie)

Detective Romero (Actor)

The Gene Simmons Roast 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Thank God You're Here 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Vicious Circle 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The World's Fastest Indian 2005 (Movie)

Fernando (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cinderella Story 2004 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

Jose Garcia (Actor)

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Original Latin Kings of Comedy 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

2002 ALMA Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

Blood Work 2002 (Movie)

Detective Ronaldo Arrango (Actor)

El Matador 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Resurrection Blvd. 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Ferdie Pacheco (Actor)

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 2001 (Movie)

Diego (Actor)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Joke's on Thee 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shipment 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

Orlando (Actor)

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

G-Men From Hell 2000 (Movie)

Weenie Man (Actor)

Price of Glory 2000 (Movie)

Pepe (Actor)

The Mexican Americans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mexican Americans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Freddie Prinze: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mambo Cafe 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

C-Bear and Jamal 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gotcha 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: Idiots and Armadillos 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Annual Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sun, Salsa & Stars 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The College of Comedy With Alan King 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Race 1997 (Movie)

Gustavo Alverez (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rough Magic 1997 (Movie)

Diego (Actor)

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Quest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: Live in San Quentin 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhythm Thief 1995 (Movie)

Eladio (Actor)

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

Juan Lopez (Actor)

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A New York Night -- Live! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Math... Who Needs It?! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: Back to School 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: Crossing Gang Lines 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hi Honey, I'm Dead 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: Behind Bars 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Slam 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twelfth Annual Young Comedians Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Toast to the Improv 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial and Error 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

Javier (Actor)

Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: I Need the Couch 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bang 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's Summer Vacation Party 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hardesty House 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles 1986 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

Hector Rodriguez (Actor)

The All New Newlywed Game 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Noel Edmonds Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

Barney Bonnare (Actor)

a.k.a. Pablo 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

Xavier (Actor)

The Californians 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Pastorela (TV Show)

Actor

Ready to Run (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (1)

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)
Director (1)

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Loco Slam 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

One of the most popular and respected Latino comics in America, Paul Rodriguez was also an actor and producer who shared the humor and humanity of his upbringing with audiences of all backgrounds. The son of immigrants, he found his calling in comedy, and honed a stand-up act in Los Angeles that brought him to the attention of legendary television producer Norman Lear. That led to the sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC, 1984), the first ever devoted to a Mexican-American family, and though the show was short-lived, it established Rodriguez as a quick-witted and compassionate comic. He soon parlayed his talents into a wide variety of venues - from HBO specials and TV guest spots to impressive character turns in dramas like "Ali" (2001) and "Blood Work" (2002). An in-demand performer after decades in the hard-knock business of comedy, Rodriguez remained a role model for up-and-coming Latino talent, and an enduring presence in nearly every form of media he attempted.

EDUCATION

California State University

California
did not graduate

Long Beach City College

Long Beach , California

Roosevelt High School

Los Angeles , California
dropped out; later took equivalency exam

Barton Hills Elementary School

San Pedro , California

Dominguez High School

Compton , California

Milestones

2010

Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"

2008

Voiced the character of Chico in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

2004

Featured in "A Cinderella Story" a modern day fairytale starring Hilary Duff

2003

Cast in "Baadasssss!" Mario Van Peebles's homage to his father Melvin's 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

2002

Appeared in "Blood Work", directed by and starring Clint Eastwood

2001

Had featured roles in "Rat Race" and "Tortilla Soup"

2000

Played recurring role on the Showtime series "Resurrection Blvd."

2000

Co-starred in "Price of Glory"

1998

Made pilot for The WB sitcom "The Paul Rodriguez Show"

1994

Feature directorial debut, "A Million to Juan"

1994

Executive produced the HBO series "Loco Slam"

1991

Debut as TV producer, "Paul Rodriguez: Behind Bars"

1990

Had recurring role on the CBS action adventure series "Grand Slam"

1988

Hosted the syndicated "The All New Newlywed Game"

1986

Debut as TV host, "The Late Show" (Fox)

1984

TV acting debut, starred as Paul 'Pablo' Rivera on the ABC sitcom "a.k.a Pablo"

1983

Feature acting debut, "D.C. Cab"

1979

Began performing at Comedy Store in L.A.

1957

Came to USA from Mexico with family (date approximate)

Moved from state to state as a child, working with his family as a fruit picker

Discovered by Norman Lear doing warm-ups for "Gloria"

Settled in California when father broke his back

Bonus Trivia

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He has an official Web site at www.paulrodriguez.com.

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"I am the McLean Stevenson of my people. I've been canceled on every network. But the shows that I've had, in hindsight, weren't funny enough, and the Latino audience was too fragmented. Now at 43 years old, I have a better perspective. What I'm trying to do now is a 'Cosby'-esque kind of thing. I'm trying to make a funny show instead of trying to make a Latino show. . . ." --Paul Rodriguez to Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1998.

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