February 13, 2021

Remembering Rodney Dangerfield (16 Gifs)


Respect for the man who claimed he never got any… There is still none funnier than ‘ol Jacob Cohen aka Jack Roy aka Rodney Dangerfield…

The character of Al Czervik was a wealthy, insult-hurling foul mouth, so naturally, Ramis and co. wanted Don Rickles for the part. But thanks to a series of successful appearances on The Tonight Show in 1979, standup comedian Rodney Dangerfield was given an audition and blew the team away. The film would launch Dangerfield’s movie career, though he was never comfortable on set because the crew could never laugh at his jokes during filming.List Caboodle

Rodney was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921, in Long Island, New York. As a teenager, he helped support his family by selling newspapers and ice cream on the beach, he also delivered groceries.Neatorama

He was writing jokes by age 15. At 19, he decided to try being a stand-up comic. He took on the stage name of “Jack Roy” and performed under this name for ten years. Although he was to later become world famous as Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Roy remained his legal name for the rest of his life.Neatorama

Rodney spent the ’50’s as an aluminum siding salesman in New Jersey. He also worked as a truck driver.Neatorama

He decided to go back in show business in the early ’60’s. He took on the new stage name “Rodney Dangerfield.” The first recorded use of the name was on a Jack Benny radio broadcast which aired in December of 1941. Rodney Dangerfield was a cowboy character. The name “Rodney Dangerfield” was also used by Ricky Nelson as a pseudonym on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The name was suggested to Jack Roy by a nightclub owner.Neatorama

Rodney knew he needed a character, so he took on the persona of a poor slob who kept getting kicked around by everyone. His trademark “I don’t get no respect” actually came from a conversation he overheard. One night, Rodney heard a small-time older gangster talking to other gangsters about how the “young people don’t give me no respect.”Neatorama

Rodney faced severe inner demons, which manifested themselves as a severe and chronic depression. He coped with his mental and spiritual pain by smoking marijuana. He smoked marijuana daily for almost 60 years. When Rodney was offstage, at home, he liked to just wear a loose bathrobe- and nothing else.Neatorama

Although he was not active in show business at the time, Rodney actually made his film debut as an uncredited “onlooker” in Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 film The Killing.Neatorama

In 1995, Rodney became the first comedian to own a website. Rodney was driven to his audition for Caddyshack (1980) in a black stretch limousine. The audition took place in producer Jon Peters’ office. Rodney wore a long black trench coat over a cheap leisure suit. When it was time for him to audition, he walked into Peters’ office, took off his pants, and said “Let’s eat!”Neatorama

Rodney actually lost money by appearing in Caddyshack. His salary for the film was $35,000, but he claimed he lost $150,000 in Las Vegas bookings by doing the film.Neatorama

Rodney Dangerfield has stated that the part of Monty Capiletti (Easy Money) was the closest to his real-life persona.IMDB

Rodney claims he told the first-ever Viagra joke.Neatorama

Rodney actually smoked marijuana in the White House. He lit up a joint while he was visiting Ronald Reagan there in 1983.Neatorama

Rodney had his movie Meet Wally Sparks (1997) premiere in the town of Dangerfield, Texas. There is a street named after him there.Neatorama

In his last years, Rodney wanted to clone himself. Joan Child, his second wife, still has a vial containing Rodney’s blood, in case human cloning ever became a reality.Neatorama

Always funny in life, Rodney was also funny after death. Rodney passed away on October 5, 2004 in Los Angeles. His tombstone reads: “There goes the neighborhood.”Neatorama

Rodney became a hit recording artist in 1983. His song “Rappin’ Rodney” reached number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His 1983 ABC Special

Head on a swivel amigos…

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