Rodney Dangerfield - Famous Comedian

Rodney Dangerfield Net Worth


Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor who had a net worth of $20 million at the time of his death in 2004. After adjusting for inflation that’s the same as around $30 million in today’s dollars.

Key facts:

  • Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor known for his mordant one-liners and Borscht Belt monologues.
  • He rose to popularity in the 196s and 70s as a guest on late night talk shows and as a headlining act in Las Vegas.
  • Dangerfield's career-defining break came when he was a last-minute replacement on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1967, leading to headlining shows in Las Vegas and regular appearances on 'The Dean Martin Show' and 'The Tonight Show'.
  • He experienced major awards success, winning a Grammy for his 198 comedy album 'No Respect'.
  • Dangerfield's acting career flourished in the 198s, with notable roles in 'Caddyshack,' 'Easy Money,' 'Back to School,' and 'Natural Born Killers.'

Basic Information About Rodney Dangerfield

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Comedians
ProfessionsActor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Film Producer, Voice Actor
Net worth$20,000,000
Date of birth1921-11-22
Place of birthDeer Park
Date of death2004-10-05 (aged 82)
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksFamous one-liners
Self-deprecating humor
Wore white shirt and red tie on stage
Catchphrase: "I don't get no respect!"
Nervously dabbing his forehead and neck with a handkerchief
Distinctive voice
Wide eyes
Height5 ft 9 in (1.778 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

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Rodney Dangerfield awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
American Comedy Award - Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)NomineeBack to School1987

Rodney Dangerfield roles

Movie / Series Role
Back to SchoolWriter
Back to SchoolThornton Melon
CasperRodney Dangerfield (uncredited)
CaddyshackAl Czervik
Natural Born KillersEd Wilson, Mallory's Dad
Little NickyLucifer
Easy MoneyWriter
Easy MoneyMonty Capuletti
LadybugsChester Lee
The SimpsonsLarry Burns / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Saturday Night LiveSelf / ... 1 episode, 1979-1996
Home ImprovementRodney Dangerfield 1 episode, 1997
In Living ColorSelf 2 episodes, 1993
Not Necessarily the NewsChet 1 episode, 1985
Still StandingEd Bailey 1 episode, 2004
Phil of the FutureMad Max 1 episode, 2004
The Daily ShowSelf 1 episode, 1997
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf - Guest 21 episodes, 1995-2009
Late Night with Conan O'BrienSelf - Guest 1 episode, 1997

Rodney Dangerfield's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
CaddyshackΒ (1980)$35,000

Rodney Dangerfield's Quotes

  • I don't get no respect, no respect at all!
  • It's lonely on the top when there's no one on the bottom.
  • My wife was afraid of the dark, saw me naked, now she's afraid of the light!
  • I feel sorry for short people, you know. When it rains, they're the last to know.
  • I'm very lucky. Years ago they had images, like W.C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy, Groucho Marx. But today, I think I'm the only one around with an image. And that image is something everyone identified with. They all feel life treated 'em wrong and they got no respect.

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Interesting Facts about Rodney Dangerfield

  1. Went public about his lifelong bout with depression in 1997.
  2. Made 70 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
  3. Chosen #36 out of the 50 funniest people by "Entertainment Weekly".
  4. Premiered Meet Wally Sparks (1997) in the small town of Daingerfield, TX. A street there was then named after him.
  5. On Nov. 22, 2001, he suffered what was called a "mild" heart attack on his 80th birthday.
  6. Was the first entertainer to own a website (, which was launched in February 1995.
  7. His trademark white shirt and red tie are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
  8. His first big break was "The Ed Sullivan Show" (Toast of the Town (1948)), which he did 16 times.
  9. Through his HBO shows from Dangerfield's--his New York City comedy club--he introduced Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr, Louie Anderson, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rita Rudner, Sam Kinison, Robert Townsend, Bob Saget, and Jeff Foxworthy to TV.
  10. Wanting to remain near his children, he opened the now-legendary Manhattan comedy club that bears his name.
  11. Was 30 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 2 days older than his last wife, Joan Dangerfield.
  12. He had two children by his first wife Joyce Indig: Brian and Melanie.
  13. On April 8, 2003, underwent arterial brain surgery to improve his body's blood flow in preparation for a heart valve replacement.
  14. After regaining consciousness from his brain surgery, his first request was to watch The Jerry Springer Show (1991).
  15. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 130-132. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  16. In his 20-4 autobiography "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me", he revealed that he was paid $35,000 to star in Caddyshack (1980), but in doing so he had to give up more than $100,000 in bookings in Las Vegas in order to make the movie.
  17. Was hospitalized 24 August 2004 for heart valve-replacement surgery.
  18. One of the great late bloomers of Hollywood. He was already near 60 when his first big movie, Caddyshack (1980), premiered in 1980.
  19. Based his famous "I get no respect" on The Godfather (1972), since he figured that "Vito Corleone" had respect. He also based it on an experience he had at a nightclub. One night, he saw an older, low-level gangster complaining about how young people gave him "no respect, no respect at all" and he never forgot it.
  20. As a teenager he started in stand-up comedy and changed his name to "Jack Roy". After nine years he quit show business. When he returned in 1962 he wanted to change his name to distance himself from his previous failure. A club owner gave him the name of "Rodney Dangerfield" after Ricky Nelson used the name in an episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952). "Jack Roy" remained his legal name for the rest of his life.

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