Rodney Dangerfield Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Rodney Dangerfield Net Worth 

Rodney Dangerfield had an estimated net worth of $50 million at death. Rodney Dangerfield was a stand-up comedian and actor known for his “I don’t get no respect” routine. He starred in the hit movie comedies, ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Back to School,’ during the 1980s. He earned most of his income from his comedy shows and movies.

Rodney Dangerfield began performing stand-up comedy as “Jack Roy” in his teens, but after discovering that it didn’t pay the bills, he spent the 1950s working as a salesman. When he re-entered show business as “Rodney Dangerfield” in the early 1960s, he received a little more respect. In the 1970s, he opened Dangerfield’s Comedy Club, and in the 1980s, he starred in a string of hit comedies, including Caddyshack.

To calculate the net worth of Rodney Dangerfield, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Rodney Dangerfield
Net Worth: $10 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand
Annual Income: $2 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Film Producer, Voice Actor

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Early Life

Jacob Cohen, an actor and comedian, was born on November 22, 1921, in Babylon, New York, as the youngest of two children. Phil Roy, his father, was a comedian and juggler who performed on the vaudeville circuit. Roy abandoned the family soon after Dangerfield was born, leaving Dangerfield’s mother to raise her children on her own. Rodney began selling ice cream on the beach and delivering groceries after school to help support the family.

Dangerfield endured a difficult childhood. He was frequently the target of anti-Semitic teachers and more affluent students’ venom. To cope, he started writing jokes and, at the age of 17, he began performing his act at amateur nights in various clubs. Dangerfield was performing his act full-time by the age of 19 under the stage name Jack Roy, which he later adopted as his legal name.

Dangerfield’s first big break came when he was hired to tell jokes at a resort in upstate New York for ten weeks. He was paid $12 per week plus room and board. Despite continuing to work at various comedy clubs, Dangerfield began driving delivery trucks and working as a singing waiter to supplement his income. Despite earning up to $300 per week, comedy didn’t pay well, and Dangerfield struggled financially. Dangerfield decided to retire from show business in 1951 after meeting singer Joyce Indig. He married Indig, moved to New Jersey, and had two children. Dangerfield worked as an aluminum siding salesman to support his new family.

Despite being gripped by clinical depression, Dangerfield continued to write jokes for the next decade. His marriage also deteriorated, and the couple divorced in 1962. They remarried in 1963, but after years of conflict, the marriage ended permanently in 1970.

Return to Comedy

Despite his troubled personal life, Dangerfield remained drawn to comedy. In the early 1960s, he began working on rehabilitating his career, working as a salesman during the day and doing stand-up at night. Fearing further rejection, he began performing under the alias Rodney Dangerfield, a reference to an early comedian Jack Benny joke.

Dangerfield’s big break came in the early 1970s, when he was invited to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. His act was well received by audiences, and his “No Respect” routine became his trademark. This led to regular appearances on late-night talk shows, including The Dean Martin Show and The Tonight Show in 1972 and 1973.

After Dangerfield’s ex-wife died in the early 1970s, he opened the Manhattan comedy club Dangerfield’s to be closer to his children. The club was a success, and Dangerfield was generous in giving unknown comedians a stage. Many comedians performed there, including Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Roseanne Barr.

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‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Back to School’

Dangerfield began his acting career around this time, making his debut in the film The Projectionist (1971). The film bombed at the box office, and he didn’t return to the big screen for another nine years, this time in the comedy Caddyshack (1980), starring Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. Dangerfield went on to star in several films, including Easy Money (1983) and Back to School (1986), for which he also wrote the screenplays. Natural Born Killers, starring Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson, was his first and only dramatic role as an abusive father in 1994. The performance received rave reviews from critics.

Dangerfield also expanded his horizons by starring in Rodney Dangerfield on Broadway!. He also released a number of comedy albums, including 1981’s No Respect, for which he won a Grammy.

Death and Family

Dangerfield had a double bypass surgery in 2000 after suffering from heart problems for a long time. He returned to the hospital in 2003 for arterial brain surgery. Dangerfield continued to perform despite his failing health, and his autobiography It’s Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs was published in 2004.

Dangerfield’s career grew and grew, and he showed no signs of slowing down. However, following heart valve replacement surgery in August 2004, Dangerfield suffered a minor stroke and fell into a coma. He died on October 5, 2004, in Los Angeles, California, of surgical complications at the age of 82.

Dangerfield’s second wife, Joan Child, whom he married in 1993, his children, Brian and Melanie, and two grandchildren survive him.

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