Rodney exploded on to the film scene in 1980 alongside SNL comedians Bill Murray and Chevy Chase in the golf slapstick, “Caddyshack” and released his first comedy album, “No Respect,” which went on to win a Grammy that same year. Rodney continued to appear in numerous film comedies throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, and in 1994 won the lifetime creative achievement award from the American Comedy Association for over thirty years of making fans laugh. Rodney’s autobiography, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs,” was published in 2004 and documented the comic’s fast-paced lifestyle and numerous heart-related surgeries. The book’s original title was “My Love Affair with Marijuana,” but was later changed to promote better sales. Rodney has been at a high-risk for nearly five years and almost had a major surgery during each of those years. When asked about how long he would be hospitalized upon entering his most recent heart surgery on August 24, 2004, he said: "If all goes well, about a week. If not, about an hour-and-a-half." Loved by thousands of fans and hated by even more, Rodney Dangerfield has become an influential character in the ever-changing culture of comedy.
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Rodney on the Screen
Rodney became one of many comedians to jump from the stage to the big screen in the early 80's with comedic hits like "Caddyshack," "Easy Money" and "Back to School." After releasing two comedy albums ("No Respect" and "What's In A Name") and appearing in the soccer film "Ladybugs" ten years later, Rodney continued to produce low-ball, direct-to-video flops like "Meet Wally Sparks," "My 5 Wives" and "The 4th Tenor," enjoyable flicks for only those truly hardcore Rodney fans.
Rodney Dangerfield passed away at the age of 84 on October 5th, 2004 due to surgical complications. Read more about his untimely death in this CNN article. His wife has continued to celebrate the life of the comedian with the Rodney Dangerfield Fund at UCLA. The funds will be used to support clinical research and education in the field of cardiac surgery for advanced heart disease.
A Little Respect From Mr. Dangerfield
On his childhood:
"I was so poor growing up ... if I wasn't a boy, I'd have nothing to play with."
On random acts of drunkenness:
"You know you're drunk when you take a leak and your fly isn't open."
"Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself."