Rodney Dangerfield

Highest Rated: 97% The Killing (1956)
Birthday: Nov 22, 1921
Birthplace: Babylon, Long Island, New York,
If ever there was a "late bloomer," it was American comedian Rodney Dangerfield. His father was a vaudeville pantomimist who was known professionally as Phil Roy, thus when Dangerfield struck out on his own stand-up comedy career at age 19 (he'd been writing jokes for other comics since 15), he called himself Jack Roy. For nine years he labored in some of the worst clubs on the East Coast, giving it all up at age 28 in order to support his new wife. Unfortunately, the marriage was an unhappy one, soon ending in divorce. In 1963 the comic returned to performing, using the name "Rodney Dangerfield" to distance himself from his miserable "Jack Roy" days. Four more years passed before Dangerfield finally got his big break on The Ed Sullivan Show, for which he'd auditioned by sneaking in during a dress rehearsal. By this time, Dangerfield had fully developed his belligerently neurotic stage persona, tugging at his tie and mopping his brow while he delineated the variety of ways in which he "don't get no respect." On top at last, Dangerfield opened his own nightclub in 1969, where many major comics of the 1970s and 1980s got their first opportunities; fiercely competitive onstage, Dangerfield is known to be more than generous to new talent offstage. In films since his turn as a nasty theatre manager in the 1970 low-budgeter The Projectionist, Dangerfield has exuded a movie image somewhat different than his paranoid nightclub character; he often plays a crude-and-rude "nouveau riche" type who delights in puncturing the pomposity of his "old money" opponents (Caddyshack). Rodney Dangerfield's best screen role was, significantly, his nicest--in Back to School (1985), he played a blunt but decent self-made millionaire who decides to join his son in getting an expensive college education.

Highest Rated Movies



0% Angels with Angles God 2005
No Score Yet Rodney Dangerfield Actor 2004
No Score Yet Back by Midnight Jake Puloski Screenwriter 2002
No Score Yet The 4th Tenor Lupo Screenwriter 2002
22% Little Nicky Lucifer $38.6M 2000
0% My 5 Wives Screenwriter Monte Peterson Producer 2000
No Score Yet The Godson Rodfather 1998
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale Bandit the Rabbit 1998
0% Casper: A Spirited Beginning Mayor 1997
13% Meet Wally Sparks Screenwriter Wally Sparks 1997
No Score Yet Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? Actor 1997
44% Casper Himself (uncredited) 1995
47% Natural Born Killers Mallory's Father 1994
13% Ladybugs Chester Lee 1992
No Score Yet Rover Dangerfield Screenwriter Rover Dangerfield Rover Producer Executive Producer 1991
No Score Yet Moving Banker 1988
No Score Yet Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter Actor 1988
No Score Yet Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right Actor 1988
No Score Yet Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Being Me Actor 1987
No Score Yet Brother Sam: A Tribute to Sam Kinison Actor 1987
85% Back to School Thornton Melon Screenwriter 1986
60% Easy Money Screenwriter Monty Capuletti 1983
74% Caddyshack Al Czervik 1980
No Score Yet The Projectionist Renaldi/The Bat 1971
97% The Killing Onlooker (uncredited) 1956


No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Suddenly Susan
  • 1996
85% The Simpsons
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1980