Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

About Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Cohen, November 22, 1921 October 5, 2004) was an American comedian, and actor, known for the catchphrase 'I don't get no respect!,' and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back To School. Dangerfield was born in Deer Park within the Town of Babylon, New York, in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Jewish parents, the vaudevillian performer Phil Roy (Philip Cohen) and Dotty Teitelbaum. His ancestors came to the United States from Hungary. He would later say that his father 'was never homehe was out looking to make other kids', and that his mother 'brought him up all wrong'. At the age of 15, he began to write for standup comedians, and began to perform at the age of 20 under the name Jack Roy.

Contributions by Treybien, Mrblondnyc, and Jones Sterling.