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."