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Phil Thomas
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I know Rodney was not a magician (that I know of), but I was saddened to hear of his passing. I have to admit, I used a lot of his one liners in my acts. He was a true genius of comedy and will be sadly missed. I am sorry I did not get a chance to meet him. Rest in peace Rodney. We will miss you. Smile
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I hadn't heard. I'm sorry and saddened also.

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If it wasn't for Rodney, we would have missed the genius of Sam Kinison.

Rodney, rest in peace!!!
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I hope he is finally "getting some respect".

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We're coming to the end of an era. Smile

I'm going to go out a buy the Caddy Shack collector's DVD. I think that's about the funniest Rodney Dangerfield material I've ever seen.

"I was so ugly as a child that when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother" Classic!

RIP Rodney

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When did he pass on? Even if he didn't do magic, just watching him preform you learned more about performing comedy and the timing of jokes and punchlines. He will be missed and sure, he could tell jokes about magicians too, but he was the magic in his shows.
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He passed away yesterday I believe. He had heart valve surgery in August and his health had not been good for several years.

Mike, That was one my favorite Rodney jokes.

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I have to tell one of the funniest stories I have heard, told to me by a mutual friend of Rodney's.

Rodney was working Vegas and riding in a elevator from his room to the main floor. He was sharing the lift with an elderly women. Moments before the door opened into the loby, Rodney passes an amazingly aromatic fart. As the door opens to a crowd of people waiting to get in the elevator, Rodney turns to the little old lady and says...
"Just tell'em I did it"
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Rodney was one of a kind. He will be missed.
(Read his autobiography.....it is a great read for any Rodney fan.)
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My favorite one was some thing to the effect, My wife went down to the strip joint to try out for amauture night and the audience kept yelling "Put it on! Put it on! Please!"
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His jokes are have reached such cult status and have been repeated so many times they've become hackneyed and cliched....until you hear HIM deliver them!

Loved his work on the Simpsons: "I don't get not regard, no regard at all...no esteem either."
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Rodney Dangerfield dead at 82
Comedian known for 'no respect'
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 Posted: 8:53 AM EDT (1253 GMT) CNN.com

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Rodney Dangerfield, the bug-eyed comic whose self-deprecating one-liners brought him stardom in clubs, television and movies and made his lament "I don't get no respect" a catchphrase, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Dangerfield, who fell into a coma after undergoing heart surgery, died at 1:20 p.m., said publicist Kevin Sasaki. Dangerfield had a heart valve replaced August 25 at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.

Sasaki said in a statement that Dangerfield suffered a small stroke after the operation and developed infectious and abdominal complications. But in the past week he had emerged from the coma, the publicist said.

"When Rodney emerged, he kissed me, squeezed my hand and smiled for his doctors," Dangerfield's wife, Joan, said in the statement. The comic is also survived by two children from a previous marriage.

As a comic, Dangerfield -- clad in a black suit, red tie and white shirt with collar that seemed too tight -- convulsed audiences with lines such as: "When I was born, I was so ugly that the doctor slapped my mother"; "When I started in show business, I played one club that was so far out my act was reviewed in Field and Stream"; and "Every time I get in an elevator, the operator says the same thing to me: 'Basement?' "

In a 1986 interview, he explained the origin of his "respect" trademark:

"I had this joke: 'I played hide and seek; they wouldn't even look for me.' To make it work better, you look for something to put in front of it: I was so poor, I was so dumb, so this, so that. I thought, 'Now what fits that joke?' Well, 'No one liked me' was all right. But then I thought, a more profound thing would be, 'I get no respect.' "

He tried it at a New York club, and the joke drew a bigger response than ever. He kept the phrase in the act, and it seemed to establish a bond with his audience. After hearing him perform years later, Jack Benny remarked: "Me, I get laughs because I'm cheap and 39. Your image goes into the soul of everyone."

'Intrinsically funny'

Flowers were placed on his star on Hollywood Boulevard after word of his death, and the marquee of The Improv, a comedy club where Dangerfield often performed, read "Rest In Peace Rodney."

Teller, half of the magic duo "Penn & Teller," said Dangerfield hardly needed material since he was "intrinsically funny." He said Dangerfield at times would appear while they were performing in Las Vegas, walking around the casino wearing a satin dressing gown and sandals with a beautiful girl on his arm.

"He was so confident," Teller said. "He was Rodney, and he could do anything."

Comedian Adam Sandler, who starred with Dangerfield in 2000's "Little Nicky," said the affection felt for Dangerfield "when you saw him on TV or in the movies was doubled when you had the pleasure to meet him. He was a hero who lived up to the hype."

Dangerfield had a strange career in show business. At 19 he started as a standup comedian. He made only a fair living, traveling a great deal and appearing in rundown joints. Married at 27, he decided he couldn't support a family on his meager earnings.

He returned to comedy at 42 and began to attract notice. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan show seven times and on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson more than 70 times.

Hollywood's Laugh Factory pays tribute to Rodney Dangerfield on Tuesday night. After his first major film role in "Caddyshack," he began starring in his own movies.

He was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921, in Babylon on New York's Long Island. Growing up in the borough of Queens, his mother was uncaring and his father was absent. As Philip Roy, the father and his brother toured in vaudeville as a pantomime comedy-juggling act, Roy and Arthur. Young Jacob's parents divorced, and the mother struggled to support her daughter and son.

The boy helped bring in money by selling ice cream at the beach and working for a grocery store. "I found myself going to school with kids and then in the afternoon I'd be delivering groceries to their back door," he recalled. "I ended up feeling inferior to everybody."

He ingratiated himself to his schoolmates by being funny; at 15 he was writing down jokes and storing them in a duffel bag. When he was 19, he adopted the name Jack Roy and tried out the jokes at a resort in the Catskills, training ground for Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar and other comedians. The job paid $12 a week plus room and meals.

In New York, he drove a laundry and fish truck, taking time off to hunt for work as a comedian. The jobs came slowly, but in time he was averaging $300 a week.

He married Joyce Indig, a singer he met at a New York club. Both had wearied of the uncertainty of a performer's life.

"We wanted to lead a normal life," he remarked in a 1986 interview. "I wanted a house and a picket fence and kids, and the heck with show business. Love is more important, you see. When the show is over, you're alone."

The couple settled in Englewood, New Jersey, had two children, Brian and Melanie, and he worked selling paint and siding. But the idyllic suburban life soured as the pair battled. The couple divorced in 1962, remarried a year later and again divorced.

In 1993, Dangerfield married Joan Child, a flower importer.

'I had to tell jokes'

At age 42, he returned to show business as Jack Roy. He remembered in 1986: "It was like a need. I had to work. I had to tell jokes. I had to write them and tell them. It was like a fix. I had the habit."

Even during his domestic years, he continued filling the duffel bag with jokes. He didn't want to break in his new act with any notice, so he asked the owner of New York's Inwood Lounge, George McFadden, not to bill him as Jack Roy. McFadden came up with the absurd name Rodney Dangerfield. It stuck.

Dangerfield's bookings improved, and he landed television gigs. After his ex-wife died, he took over the responsibility of raising his two children. He decided to quit touring and open a New York nightclub, Dangerfield's, so he could stay close to home. A beer commercial and the Carson shows brought him national attention.

His film debut came in 1971 with "The Projectionist," which he described as "the kind of a movie that you went to the location on the subway." He did better in 1980 with "Caddyshack," in which he held his own with such comics as Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Bill Murray.

Despite his good reviews, Dangerfield claimed he didn't like movies or TV series: "Too much waiting around, too much memorizing; I need that immediate feedback of people laughing."

Still, he continued starring in and sometimes writing films such as "Easy Money," "Back to School," "Moving," "The Scout," "Ladybugs" and "Meet Wally Sparks." He turned dramatic as a sadistic father in Oliver Stone's 1994 "Natural Born Killers."

In 1995, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rejected Dangerfield's application for membership. A letter from Roddy McDowall of the actors branch explained that the comedian had failed to execute "enough of the kinds of roles that allow a performer to demonstrate the mastery of his craft."

The ultimate rejection, and Dangerfield played it to the hilt. He had established his own Web site ("I went out and bought an Apple Computer; it had a worm in it"), and his fans used it to express their indignation. The public reaction prompted the academy to reverse itself and offer membership. Dangerfield declined.

"They don't even apologize or nothing," he said. "They give no respect at all -- pardon the pun -- to comedy."

Click here to read this article on CNN.


RODNEY DANGERFIELD -- Rodney "No Respect" Dangerfield began his career at the age of 15 when he started writing jokes. At 17 he started performing at amateur nights. At 19 he had two jobs, one as a comic who couldn't make a living, and the other as a singing waiter. Rodney would sing and people threw money at him.

He traveled the comedy circuit for ten years but reluctantly gave up showbiz for a more stable income.

It wasn't until the age of 40 that Dangerfield made the decision to relaunch his career as a performer and comedy writer for the second time. He spent his days in a business office and his nights working in New York clubs. Not satisfied, Rodney opened his own club, the now famous Dangerfield's on First Avenue in Manhattan. The club was a huge success and so was Rodney. Rodney introduced many of today's comedy stars to television for the first time on his HBO shows which emanated from Dangerfield's, such as Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Jim Carrey, Jeff Foxworthy, Sam Kinison, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, Rita Rudner, Robert Townsend, Louie Anderson and others.

Rodney Dangerfield's feature film credits include starring the classic hit comedy CADDYSHACK, as well as EASY MONEY which he co-wrote, the mega-hit BACK TO SCHOOL (one of the first comedys to gross over $100 million), and Paramount's LADYBUGS. In contrast to his comedy roles, Rodney accepted a dramatic role offered to him by Oliver Stone for NATURAL BORN KILLERS. Critics praised his realistic portrayal as the "Father From Hell."

Dangerfield also took an interest in working behind the scenes. He produced the animated feature musical ROVER DANGERFIELD for Warner Bros. Rodney not only provided the voice for Rover, but he also wrote the screenplay, co-composed the songs and served as Executive Producer.

In 1997 Dangerfield starred in and co-wrote MEET WALLY SPARKS, a slapstick comedy romp featuring Cindy Williams, Burt Reynolds, David Ogden Steirs, Michael Bolton, and Tony Danza. That same year, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's CASPER and also starred in THE GODSON with Dom Deluise.

Another film Dangerfield co-wrote, MY 5 WIVES, is an outrageous comedy where Rodney plays a polygamist. (In real life, Rodney is married to Joan Child, owner of Jungle Roses, a national floral distribution company. They have been married since 1993. Rodney has two children from a previous marriage, Brian and Melanie, and recently became a grandfather for the first time.) Andrew Dice Clay, Jon Byner, Jerry Stiller. Molly Shannon, Brandy Ledford and John Pinette also starred in the film which was released in 2000.

The following year Dangerfield was thrilled to appear as Lucifer in his friend Adam Sandler's film, LITTLE NICKY.

Dangerfield later starred in an unusual love story which he co-wrote with Director Harry Basil called THE 4th TENOR. The favorably-reviewed movie also featured Robert Davi (who Rodney slaps around), Dom Irerra, Charles Fleischer, Annabelle Gurwitch and the lovely opera singer Anita deSimone. This movie was released on Dangerfield's 81st birthday, November 22, 2002.

There is another movie co-written by Dangerfield due for release later this year. It is a prison comedy called BACK BY MIDNIGHT and also stars Kirsty Alley, Paul Rodriguez, Marty Belafsky, Randy Quaid, Joe Nipote, Louie Anderson and Harland Williams. Rodney plays the warden. Michael Bolton makes a surprise cameo appearance.

Besides being a Las Vegas headliner for over 20 years, Dangerfield has also made countless appearances on talk and television variety shows. His first big break was The Ed Sullivan Show which he did 16 times. Rodney also appeared on This Is Your Life, What's My Line, "The Dean Martin Show", Saturday Night Live, and a record 70 times on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Recently, Rodney has appeared on Mad T.V., Suddenly Susan, LateNight with Conan O' Brien, The Single Guy, Home Improvement, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Pioneering new territory in cyberspace, Rodney was the first entertainer to personally own a Website on the Internet. Launched in February 1995, his state-of-the-art site has won numerous awards and distinctions as one of the most popular destinations on the World Wide Web and can be found at http://www.rodney.com.

Dangerfield has bravely faced some health challenges in recent years. He jokes he's been cut up in so many places he feels like he's back in his old neighborhood. Now he has fully recovered from two aneursym surgeries, heart surgery and brain bypass surgery. He is tan and fit and ready to rule. He begins filming THREE'S A CROWD, a romantic comedy due for release in 2004. Rodney's long-awaited autobiography will be published by HarperCollins in time for Father's Day 2004. His self-penned memoir entitled "It's Not Easy Bein' Me" lays out his "lifetime of no respect, but plenty of sex and drugs."

Did anyone know that Rodney Dangerfield can sing? He has a new album of love songs called ROMEO RODNEY which will be released through Ark21 Records on Valentine's Day 2004.

Dangerfield's contributions to the world of comedy have not been overlooked. In 1981, Dangerfield won a Grammy Award for his comedy album named No Respect and was the recipient of the Lifetime Creative Achievement Award from the 1994 American Comedy Awards. Rodney's famous trademark white shirt and red tie are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C......Aaahhh....respect at last.
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Thanks Paula. Is it safe to say that you are Rodney fan?

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On 2004-10-10 08:28, Mister Mystery wrote:
Thanks Paula. Is it safe to say that you are Rodney fan?

Regan


Yes LOL

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Rodney will live on



in my act
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Mister Mystery, you think?? What gave it away that she is a Rodney Fan? Lol
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It's hard to put your finger on it Wolflock. Maybe it was just a lucky guess.

:)

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Was "Little Nicky" his final movie appearance?
Everybody wants to beleive.....we just help them along.
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IMDB lists The Fourth Tenor as his last movie appearance in 2002. A movie Angels with Angels is listed in post production where Rodney is God due to be out this year.
My favs,
"I came home early and found a man jogging naked outside my house."
"The bartender asked me what I wanted. I told him to surprise me. He showed me a picture of my wife and the butcher."
"My wife likes to talk to me during sex. Oh yeah, she called me three times last week."
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