Rodney Dangerfield

Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield's signature line, "I don't get no respect," belied a man and a career revered by friends and fans alike. Having started in stand-up comedy prior to his friend and contemporary Lenny ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1921 in Long Island, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

The Onion Movie 2014 (Movie)

Rodney Dangerfield (Actor)

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

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Phil of the Future 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Tenor 2002 (Movie)

Lupo (Actor)

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Lucifer (Actor)

My Five Wives 2000 (Movie)

Monte Petersen (Actor)

Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997 (Movie)

Mayor Johnny Hunt (Actor)

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Wally Sparks (Actor)

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

Actor

Rusty: The Great Rescue 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Godson 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Single Guy 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

Mallory's Dad (Actor)

A Tribute to Sam Kinison 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladybugs 1992 (Movie)

Chester Lee (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Rover Dangerfield 1991 (Movie)

of Rover (Voice)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Where's Rodney? 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving 1988 (Movie)

Banker (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Thornton Melon (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

Monty Capuletti (Actor)

The Robert Klein Show 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Caddyshack 1980 (Movie)

Al Czervik (Actor)

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Show 1965 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Projectionist 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (8)

The 4th Tenor 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Five Wives 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rover Dangerfield 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Rover Dangerfield 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (3)

Foxcatcher 2014 (Movie)

Cello Improvisations (Soloist)

Rover Dangerfield 1991 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

("Twist and Shout") (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

The 4th Tenor 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Rover Dangerfield 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield's signature line, "I don't get no respect," belied a man and a career revered by friends and fans alike. Having started in stand-up comedy prior to his friend and contemporary Lenny Bruce, Dangerfield temporarily set his dreams aside a decade later only to give it another try at the tender age of 40. After years on the New York club circuit and performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971), he set up shop with a club of his own, Dangerfield's, where he further honed his act and gave dozens of future stand up stars their early break. Marquee names like Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr and Sam Kinison all owed their funny father-figure a tremendous debt of gratitude. Then, at an age when most professionals begin to contemplate retirement, Dangerfield enjoyed his breakout moment as a member of the madcap cast of the hit comedy "Caddyshack" (1980). Suddenly a superstar at the age of 60, the lovable lout went on to record hit comedy albums, appear in several of his own television specials and star in features films like "Easy Money" (1983) and "Back to School" (1986). Never shying away from edgier material, he shocked audiences with his performance as a vile stepfather in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" (1994). An unlikely comedic leading man, Dangerfield's downtrodden everyman proved utterly relatable to multitudes of fans, who just like him, only wanted a little respect and a good belly laugh.

Relationships

Joan Child

Wife
Married Dec. 26, 1993 until his death Oct. 5, 2004

Melanie Dangerfield

Daughter
mother Joyce Indig

Brian Dangerfield

Son
mother Joyce Indig

Joyce Indig

Wife

Milestones

2004

Went on tour to promote his memoirs "It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs"

2003

Underwent arterial brain surgery to improve his body's blood flow in preparation for an upcoming heart valve replacement

2001

Suffered mild heart attack on his 80th birthday

2000

Starred as a polygamist in "My 5 Wives"

1997

Wrote and starred in the comedy "Meet Wally Sparks", about a TV talk show host

1997

Honored with a tribute at the third US Comedy Arts Festival, held in Aspen, Colorado with HBO as the primary sponsor; a special, "Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast", later aired on HBO

1995

Reportedly became the first entertainer to personally own his own website on the World Wide Web

1995

Had his application for membership rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1991

Had award cut by a federal judge who ruled that he was only entitled to $50,000 for pain and suffering rather than the $500,000 awarded by the jury

1991

Feature producing debut, the animated musical feature "Rover Dangerfield"; also provided voice-over for protagonist

1991

Executive produced and hosted "Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show" for the "HBO Comedy Hour"

1991

Sued by the entertainment law firm of Lavely and Singer for allegedly not paying his legal bills

1990

Awarded $725,000 from Caesars Palace by a federal jury after his eyes were burned in a steam bath accident; awarded $225,000 for performances he missed in March 1988; awarded $500,000 for his pain and suffering

1988

Broadway debut, "Rodney Dangerfield on Broadway!" at the Mark Hellinger Theatre

1986

Starred in hit comedy "Back to School"

1985

TV producing debut, executive produced "Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special" for HBO

1983

First screenwriting credit for "Easy Money" (also starred)

1982

Starred in first comedy special, "The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me" (ABC)

1980

First starring vehicle, "Caddyshack"

1977

TV-movie debut in pilot "Benny & Barney: Las Vegas Undercover" (NBC)

1977

Opened his own comedy nightclub, Dangerfield's, in NYC; founder and owner

1970

Screen acting debut in "The Projectionist", a cult low-budget comedy feature starring Chuck McCann

1940

Performed standup in nightclubs under pseudonym Jack Roy

1940

Worked as a singing waiter and comic in Brooklyn by age 19 (date approximate)

1938

Began appearing in amateur nights by age 17 (date approximate)

1936

Began writing jokes around age 15 (date approximate)

Worked as a housepainter and aluminum siding salesman in Englewood, NJ; ran own business

Married and left comedy at around age 28

Began showbiz comeback with a historic appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; made the normally stone-faced host laugh

Bonus Trivia

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Dangerfield had his name legally changed from Jacob Cohen.

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Dangerfield received the Advertising Age Award for "Star Presenter of the Year", awarded by ADVERTISING AGE magazine in 1982.

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He underwent open heart surgery in March 2000.

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