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Rodney Dangerfield



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Lupo
2002
22% Little Nicky
  • Lucifer
2000
0% My 5 Wives
  • Monte Peterson
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
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
14% Meet Wally Sparks
  • Wally Sparks
1997
No Score Yet Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Rodney Dangerfield's Guide to Golf Style & Etiquette
  • Actor
1996
44% Casper
  • Himself (uncredited)
1995
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Mallory's Father
1994
14% 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
84% Back to School
  • Thornton Melon
  • Screenwriter
1986
56% Easy Money
  • Screenwriter
  • Monty Capuletti
1983
75% Caddyshack
  • Al Czervik
1980
No Score Yet The Projectionist
  • Renaldi/The Bat
1971
97% The Killing
  • Onlooker (uncredited)
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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