Birth Name: Rodney Dangerfield
Birth Place: Long Island, New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born Jacob Cohen on Nov. 22, 1921 in the town of Deer Park, Long Island, NY, he was the son of Jewish parents of Hungarian descent, Dotty Teitelbaum and Philip Cohen, a vaudevillian performer who went by the stage name of Phil Roy. After his parents divorced, the 10-year-old moved with his mother to the Queens neighborhood of Kew Gardens. It was the time of the Great Depression and he helped his mother by working part time while attending grade school at P.S. 99 and, later, Richmond Hill High School. Perhaps influenced by the world inhabited by his estranged father, or possibly as a way of escaping his Dickensian childhood, Jacob found himself embracing humor more and more. He began writing ...
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