Rodney Dangerfield started performing stand-up comedy in his teens as "Jack Roy," but finding that comedy didn't pay the bills, he spent the s working as a salesman. Re-entering show business in the early s as "Rodney Dangerfield," he got a little more respect. He opened Dangerfield's comedy club in the s and starred in a series of hit comedy films in the s including Caddyshack. His father, Phil Roy, was a comic and juggler who toured the vaudeville circuit.
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When Eddie Murphy was a young, aspiring comedian, he got the worst career advice he's ever heard, and it came from comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield. Murphy, who started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 15, told W Magazine he met Dangerfield at a comedy club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in when Murphy was As a young, brash comedian, Murphy says he was "full of himself" and he asked Dangerfield — who was already a comedy star and was then starring in the movie "Caddyshack" — if he would watch Murphy's act and offer feedback. Murphy's early stand-up performances were commonly full of profane language about sex and racial issues, including offensive homophobic jokes that Murphy later described as "ignorant," admitting that he now cringes at some of his early material. In his stand-up film "Eddie Murphy Raw", Murphy reportedly says the word "f--k" over times in 90 minutes. And in fact, Dangerfield wasn't the only older comedian to criticize the profanity in Murphy's act, as Bill Cosby also chastised Murphy for using vulgar language. However, what Dangerfield definitely got wrong was the idea that Murphy's profanity and edgy material would hinder his path to success. In fact, Murphy soon rocketed to stardom as a cast-member of "Saturday Night Live" where some of his most popular characters, from Velvet Jones to Mr.