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|Also Known As:||Died:||October 5, 2004|
|Born:||November 22, 1921||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Long Island, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
Dangerfield had his name legally changed from Jacob Cohen.
Dangerfield received the Advertising Age Award for "Star Presenter of the Year", awarded by ADVERTISING AGE magazine in 1982.
He underwent open heart surgery in March 2000.
"The most interesting thing about 'Back to School', which is otherwise a pleasant but routine comedy, is the puzzle of Rodney Dangerfield. Here is a man who reminds us of some of the great comedians of the early days of the talkies, of Groucho Marx and W C Fields, because, like them, he projects a certain mystery. Marx and Fields were never just being funny. There was the sense that they were getting even for hurts so deep that all they could do was laugh about them. It's the same with Dangerfield."---Roger Ebert, review of "Back to School", in "Roger Ebert's Video Companion: 1995 Edition" (Kansas City: Andrews and McNeel, 1994)
"He's simply one of a kind, and Dangerfield barely touches on his familiar 'I get no respect' theme. No need to, really. It's all about respect, or lack thereof, and he's found a way to transform that pain into precious and priceless humor."---From "Dangerfiled Keeps Jokes Coming in Classic Stand-Up Act" by Michael Paskevichy, THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL, February 14, 1997.
"I'm very lucky. Years ago they had images, like W C Fields, Laurel and Hardy, Groucho. But today I think I'm the only one around with an image. And that image is something that everyone identified with. They all feel life treated 'em wrong and they got no respect."---Rodney Dangerfield, quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, February 6, 1997.
"He was like a big father figure to all of us," says Roseanne, who played his wife in a 1986 HBO comedy special. "He made it his business to help young talent along, and boy, that's something. I don't know if anybody does that anymore."---Roseanne on Rodney Dangerfield, quoted to Entertainment Weekly, May 2004.
"Listen, whenever I have an operation, I always say the same thing to the doctor: 'If I don't make it, I'll never know it.' It's the best way to go out: no suffering, no pain, no nothin', right?" Everyone is quiet again. "That's how I'd like to go."---Rodney Dangerfield quoted to Entertainment Weekly, May 2004.
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