Birth Name: Jacob Cohen
Date of Birth: November 22, 1921
Place of Birth: Deer Park, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: October 5, 2004
Place of Death: Westwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Rodney Dangerfield was an American stand-up comedian, actor, filmmaker, musician, and author.
Rodney was born Jacob Cohen, or possibly Jacob Rodney Cohen. He was the son of Dotty/Dorothy (Teitelbaum) and Phillip/Philip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. His mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant.
Rodney was married to Joan Child, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, Joyce Indig.
Rodney’s paternal grandparents were Jacob Cohen and Sarah Adelson.
Rodney’s maternal grandparents were Tony Teitelbaum (the son of Joseph Teitelbaum and Fannie) and Lena Kesler/Kessler.
Sources: Rodney Dangerfield (Jacob Cohen) on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Rodney Dangerfield (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Rodney’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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