Rodney Dangerfield

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  • Birth Name: Jacob Cohen
  • Birth Place: Babylon, New York, United States
  • Died: October 5, 2004
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Writer
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Fast Facts

  • Started writing jokes when he was 15 and began performing at 20.
  • Claimed that he only saw his father for about two hours a year while growing up.
  • Started his performing career as a singing waiter and comic under the name Jack Roy.
  • Was 44 when he received his first big break by appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Credited the movie The Godfather with inspiring his famous quip "I don't get no respect.."
  • Starred as an eccentric millionaire in the 1986 comedy Back to School.
  • Played against type as an abusive father in the 1994 crime drama Natural Born Killers.
  • Was the first entertainer to personally own a Web site when he launched one in 1995.
  • In 1996, was awarded $1 in damages for emotional distress from a lawsuit filed against Star magazine after it printed a story regarding Dangerfield's reported drug use. Less than 10 years later he released his autobiography It's Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect But Plenty of Sex and Drugs.
  • Is buried in Los Angeles, where his headstone reads "There Goes the Neighborhood."

Awards

  • 1980, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner

Relationships

  • Joan Child — Wife
  • Phillip Cohen — Father
  • Brian — Son
  • Melanie Roy-Friedman — Daughter
  • Joyce Indig — Ex-wife
  • Marion — Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: Jacob Cohen
  • Birth Place: Babylon, New York, United States
  • Died: October 5, 2004
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Writer