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Rodney Dangerfield Biography

Birth Name:
Jacob Cohen
Birth Place:
Babylon, New York, United States
Comedian, actor, writer

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