The Devil & God / The Lifelong Pothead For 62 Years - Respect At Last!

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He began his career at the age of 15 when he started writing jokes. At 17 he decided to try being a stand-up comic, he started performing at amateur nights, and he took on the stage name of "Jack Roy" and performed under this name. At 19 "Jack Roy" had two jobs, one as a stand-up comic, and the other as a singing waiter. He traveled the comedy circuit for ten years but reluctantly gave up show biz for a more stable income.

It wasn’t until the age of 40 that he made the decision to relaunch his career as a performer and comedy writer for the second time. He is one of the rare actors to play both God & Devil in a film, he played the role of Lucifer in "Little Nicky" (2000) and he played God in "Angels With Angels" (2005).

"The Lifelong Pothead For 62 Years", was a hippie long before hippies were born, and smoking weed was something he was not ashamed of or tries to hide. At the age of 21, he smoked his first joint and he actually smoked #Marijuana in the "White House", while he was visiting Ronald Reagan in 1983. He said:

November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004

Rodney Dangerfield / Jack Roy

When "Jack Roy" went back in show business in the early '60's, he took on the new stage name "Rodney Dangerfield". Dangerfield was born "Jacob Cohen" in Long Island, New York. He knew he needed a character, so he took on the persona of a poor slob who kept getting kicked around by everyone.

His logo "I don't get no respect" came from a conversation he overheard. One night, he heard a small-time older gangster talking to other gangsters about how the "Young people don't give me no respect."

Dangerfield's wonderful movies, his song "Rappin' Rodney" (1983) that reached number 89 on the "Billboard Hot 100" chart, plus his always hilarious TV appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Saturday Night Live", and many others, kept us all in the seams.

Dangerfield, who liked to just wear a loose bathrobe and nothing else at home, suffered a lifelong struggle battling depression. He coped with his mental and spiritual pain by smoking #Weed daily. Dangerfield said he’s been rolling his own joints for ages now he doesn’t intend to stop just because he’s a senior citizen.

Though his doctors did not prescribe marijuana as part of his medical treatment, but he wrote his own pot prescriptions, as where pot is concerned, he would rather kick the bucket than kick the habit! He was often treated like the loser and he documented this in his 2004 autobiography, "It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs".

In his work, he also referred to marijuana as the love of his life and he starred in one of the biggest stoner flicks of all time, "Caddyshack" (1980). Dangerfield recounted marijuana helped him with anxiety among other ailments. In his book he stated:

Dangerfield & Weed

The Heart Attack & The Neighborhood

On November 22, 2001 (his 80th birthday), Dangerfield suffered a mild heart attack while backstage at "The Tonight Show". During Dangerfield's hospital stay, the staff were reportedly upset that he smoked marijuana in his room, and when a nurse opened the door a cloud of #Pot smoke hit her in the face!

He sincerely apologized to the staff and told them it would never happen again. But smoking the #Joint did calm down the panic-stricken star, as he was suddenly much more relaxed and not afraid at all. The next day, he said that he smoked in hospital, he smoked everywhere as his wife will not let him toke at home.

Dangerfield shared a joke

On April 8, 2003, Dangerfield underwent brain surgery to improve blood flow in preparation for heart valve-replacement surgery on a later date, but upon entering the hospital, he uttered another characteristic one-liner when asked how long he would be hospitalized: "If all goes well, about a week. If not, about an hour and a half"! Most likely he asked to know when he can enjoy some #Cannabis.

In September 2004, Dangerfield had been in a coma for several weeks, and began breathing on his own and showing signs of awareness. However, he died on October 5, 2004 at the "UCLA Medical Center", a month and a half shy of his 83rd birthday, from complications of the surgery he had undergone in 2003.

The first entertainer to personally own a "Website" (Launched in February 1995) on the Internet, was passed away in Los Angeles. Always funny in life, he was also funny after death. His tombstone reads: "There goes the neighborhood."

Dangerfield's headstone at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

A "Grammy Award" for his comedy album named "No Respect" (1981), lifetime creative achievement award from "American Comedy Awards" (1994), and Rodney’s famous trademark white shirt and red tie at the "Smithsonian Institute in Washington", D.C.

Pioneering new territory in "Cyberspace", Dangerfield was won numerous awards and distinctions as one of the most popular destinations on the Internet. (The 62 years' Lifelong Pothead)'s contributions to the world of comedy have not been overlooked.

Respect At Last!

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I loved watching Dangerfield standup. No idea he was the first to own a website. A visionary in that way. Thanks again for the piece.