Photo of Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield

Sweating, twitching and perpetually tugging at his tie, Rodney Dangerfield developed a comic persona that was at once bellicose and neurotic -- a decent but malcontented everyman who disdains the snobbery around him.

Born Nov. 22, 1921, in Babylon, N.Y., the bug-eyed comic began performing his stand-up routine when he was 19. But at age 28, Dangerfield quit comedy to support his family and didn't return to the stage until 1963. His big break came on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when he made the famously deadpan host crack up.

This time Dangerfield's showbiz career stuck, and his act became a fixture on the nightclub circuit. Nearing 60, he made his first big film splash as the insult-hurling, nouveau-riche Al Czervik in Caddyshack (1980). More films followed, including Easy Money (1983), Back to School (1986) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Dangerfield died in Los Angeles Oct. 5, 2004.

Rodney Dangerfield in Casper: A Spirited Beginning

Casper: A Spirited Beginning

1997 PG

A prequel to the first animated/live-action Casper feature, Casper: A Spirited Beginning introduces the friendliest ghost you'll ever know and explains how Casper met and befriended the other ghouls at Applegate Manor. After being stranded, Casper meets young Chris Carson, a lonely kid who decides to teach Casper how to be a proper ghost. Features the voices of James Earl Jones and Pauly Shore.

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