He was recognized by his trademark phrase ? ?I don?t get no respect.?
Born on November 22, 1921 in Babylon, NY, Rodney Dangerfield began writing jokes at age 15 and performing his comedy by his late teens. For a decade, he struggled as a stand up comedian and worked as a singing waiter to create ends meet. When his comedy career failed to really take off, Dangerfield, who was simply employed in entertainment as Jack Roy, left show business for a normal job. He spent the 1950?s selling aluminum siding in NJ while supporting his first wife and two children.
He took another chance at show business after his divorce in 1961 and became known for the rest of his life as Rodney Dangerfield. By this time around, he was approaching his fortieth birthday. His big break came when he appeared as a guest on ?The Ed Sullivan Show.? He did what few individuals were in a position to do ? he made Ed Sullivan laugh. Through the 1960?s he made the rounds of several of the most popular variety shows. He performed his standup on ?The Joey Bishop Show,? ?The Merv Griffin Show? and ?The Jackie Gleason Show.? In 1969 he made his first of 35 appearances on ?The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.? Along with his gigs on television, he spent his time making the rounds of comedy clubs throughout the country.
In 1969, the comedian opened his own standup comedy club, Dangerfield?s in New York City. From its inception, it’s been one of the popular comedy clubs in the us, receiving rave reviews by top newspapers and entertainment guides. Since Dangerfield?s opened its doors almost 40 years back it has seen famous brands Jay Leno, Jim Carey, Chris Rock, Andrew Dice Clay, Tim Allen and Jerry Seinfeld grace its stage. yizzly of the comedy club?s biggest draws end up as guests on ?The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? or ?NIGHT TIME With David Letterman.?
Having cemented his invest stand up comedy history, Dangerfield turned his attention to acting. He had his first movie role in the 1971 film The Projectionist and had a job on the television show ?Benny and Barney: NEVADA Undercover? later in the decade. The acting roles came slowly but in 1980 he landed a job that made him children name. He starred as the obnoxious real estate developer Al Czervik in the comedy smash Caddy Shack. Suddenly individuals who didn?t know much about comedians knew about Rodney Dangerfield.
He followed Caddy Shack with two other 1980?s comedies, Easy Money and Back To School. In 1991, he made the animated movie Rover Dangerfield, the story of a dog that gets no respect. Throughout his career, his line about getting no respect was his trademark.
Dangerfield branched out into a serious role next. He played the abusive father to Juliette Lewis? character in the controversial film Natural Born Killers. It’s been reported that Dangerfield was allowed to write their own lines for the role. This is to be his only serious film role. He followed it with more comedies like Meet Wally Sparks and The Godson. In 2000, the almost 80-year-old comedian starred alongside Adam Sandler in Little Nicky.
His very last acting role was that of God in 2005?s Angels with Angels. It had been released posthumously. Dangerfield died on October 5, 2004. He previously fallen into a coma after heart surgery rather than regained consciousness. His tombstone reflects his comedy. It reads ?Rodney Dangerfield ? There Goes a nearby.?
His comedy career spanned over 60 years. As well as most of his stage and screen accomplishments during those years, he also won two awards for his achievements. In 1981 he won a Grammy Award for his comedy recording titled No Respect. In 1995 the American Comedy Awards honored him with an innovative Achievement Award.
One of his lesser-known achievements was he was the initial entertainment personality to have their own website. In 1995 he created Rodney.com, that is still in existence today.
During Rodney Dangerfield?s career he previously success on the comedy stage, in film, and on the tv screen. He gave countless other comedians the chance to show their stuff on the stage at his own comedy club. His trademark line, ?I don?t get no respect? will forever be linked to the comedian who in spite of his onstage persona was loved and respected by millions of fans.