Rodney Leon Brasfield (August 22, 1910--September 12, 1958) was an American comedian who was prominently featured on the Grand Ole Opry from 1947 until his death in 1958. In 1987, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Brasfield was born in Smithville, Mississippi. He began his career in the late 1920s with Bisbees Dramatic Shows, a touring tent repertory troupe, serving as a straight man for his older brother, actor and comedian Boob Brasfield. In 1931 he married a Hohenwald, Tennessee school teacher, Eleanor Humphrey. In 1944, Brasfield was recruited by George D. Hay for the Grand Ole Opry. With his trademark baggy suit, battered hat and rubbery face, he could make audiences laugh before he spoke a word. He soon became the primary comic on The Prince Albert Show, the Oprys NBC Radio broadcast, playing off the shows host, Red Foley. Assuming the role of a hapless hayseed, he often poked fun at country lifealways with good humor.
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