RODNEY DANGERFIELD BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Rodney Dangerfield was born on November 22nd, 1921 in Deer Park, Long island in New York with the birth name Jacob Cohen. When he was twenty years old he took his five years of jokes he had written and traveled doing his stand up act for ten years under the stage name, Jack Roy.
He also supported himself working as a singing waiter. It was having a tough time breaking into the entertainment industry, but finally got his break when he had the opportunity to perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948). Critics then began to take notice of him and his career was finally about to begin.
He continued to make various television appearances on such shows as, "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) , "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour" (1965) and "Saturday Night Live" (1975). Throughout his professional career he has appeared seventy times on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson".
With a couple small minor film roles he earned the attention of fans with his role in the film, "Caddyshack" (1980) followed by roles in the films "Easy Money" (1983), "Back to School" (1986), "Natural Born Killers" (1994) and "Little Nicky" (2000).
Some of his later television appearances and film roles were on "The Simpsons" (1989), "In Living Color" (1990) and the films, "The Godson" (1998) and "My 5 Wives" (2000). He also owned a comedy nightclub in Manhattan called "Dangerfields" and was responsible for discovering such comedians as, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr and Tim Allen amongst others. His final appearance was on the television show "Still Standing" in 2002.
His career earned him a number of honors such as winning a Grammy in 1980 for Best Comedy Recording for "No Respect" as well as being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.
He was married a total of three times, first to Joyce Indig from 1949 through 1962. They had two children together, Brian and Melanie. He suffered from depression which ultimately caused the divorce, however the two reconciled in 1963 and stayed together until 1970. He then married Joan Child, a Mormon lady who was thirty years younger then him in 1993 and they were together until he passed away in Los Angeles, California on October 5th, 2004 after suffering from complications from heart surgery. He is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
2005 Angels with Angles
2004 Still Standing
2004 Phil of the Future
2004 Back by Midnight
2003 The Electric Piper
2002 The 4th Tenor
2000 Little Nicky
2000 My 5 Wives
1999 Pirates: 3D Show
1998 The Godson
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning
1997 Meet Wally Sparks
1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
1997 Sea World and Busch Gardens Adventures: Alien Vacation!
1994 Natural Born Killers
1990 In Living Color
1986 Back to School
1983 Easy Money