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Rodney Dangerfield is Dead @ 82: He Deserves Respect!

Comic Rodney Dangerfield Dies at Age 82

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LOS ANGELES - Rodney Dangerfield (news), the bug-eyed comic whose self-deprecating one-liners brought him stardom in clubs, television and movies and made his lament "I don't get no respect" a catchphrase, died Tuesday. He was 82.

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Canadian Press Slideshow: Comic Rodney Dangerfield, 82, Dies in L.A.

Dangerfield, who fell into a coma after undergoing heart surgery, died at 1:20 p.m., said publicist Kevin Sasaki. Dangerfield had a heart valve replaced Aug. 25 at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.

Sasaki said in a statement that Dangerfield suffered a small stroke after the operation and developed infectious and abdominal complications. But in the past week he had emerged from the coma, the publicist said.

Clad in a black suit, red tie and white shirt with collar that seemed too tight, Dangerfield convulsed audiences with lines such as: "When I was born, I was so ugly that the doctor slapped my mother," "When I started in show business, I played one club that was so far out my act was reviewed in Field and Stream," and "Every time I get in an elevator, the operator says the same thing to me: `Basement?'"

In a 1986 interview, he explained the origin of his "respect" trademark:

"I had this joke: `I played hide and seek; they wouldn't even look for me.' To make it work better, you look for something to put in front of it: I was so poor, I was so dumb, so this, so that. I thought, `Now what fits that joke?' Well, `No one liked me' was all right. But then I thought, a more profound thing would be, `I get no respect.'"

Dangerfield is survived by his wife, Joan, and two children from a previous marriage.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 2004, 12:46 AM
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Awwww he was struggling for a while now...

RIP Rodney, you were a funny man!

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Wow Im sorry to hear that. He was definitely one of my favorite comic actors. Janet Leigh went yesterday.......

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Rest in peace, Rodney! I always respected you

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 2004, 03:19 AM
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is he really dead????

'back to school' is one of my all-time faves. sam kinnison is his history professor, and they share a damn funny scene.

RIP rodney!
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He was so funny, and cute at the same time. He will be missed.



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RIP. More respected than he thought...

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Passing out hundred dollar bills
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Cause I saddle up my horse and I ride into the city
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Cause the girls, they are so pretty...

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He never won an Oscar like I did, but I did respect him.

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I just could never look at him the same after Natural Born Killers.
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