Paul Rodriguez


Paul Rodriguez

Infobox actor
name = Paul Rodriguez



imagesize = 200px
caption = Rodriguez at a USO show aboard the USS Nimitz, June 19, 2003
birthname =
birthdate = birth date and age|1955|06|19
location = Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
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deathplace =
occupation = Comedian, Actor
spouse =

Paul Rodriguez (born January 19, 1955) is a Mexican-American stand-up comedian and actor.

Biography

Personal life

Rodriguez was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico to parents who were migrant farm laborers. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/87/Paul-Rodriguez.html Paul Rodriguez Biography (1955-) ] ] He was raised in East Los Angeles and served in the military, where he was stationed in Iceland and Duluth, Minnesota and Tijuana among other places. His son Paul Rodriguez Jr. is a professional skateboarder.

Career

Rodriguez considered becoming a lawyer, but instead went into comedy. His first shot at national fame, the ABC sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo", proved to be a flop and was cancelled after seven episodes.

In 1988, Paul replaced Bob Eubanks as host of "The Newlywed Game". The show lasted one season before being cancelled for what the studio said was "a Mexperiment gone wrong".

Many of his comedy specials involve serious issues for the Latino community, and Rodriguez is known for his charity work. He is number 74 on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Standups of all Time" finishing one spot behind Carot Top and just ahead of Randy McMichael.

Rodriguez is a part-owner of the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, California, the site of comedian/actor Michael Richards' highly-publicized on-stage rant against two African American men who were heckling him. [ [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20061120-1649-ca-people-michaelrichards.html "Michael Richards, aka Kramer, spews racial slurs during stand-up"] at signonsandiego.com.] Of Richards' repeated use of the word "nigger", Rodriguez said, "Once the word comes out of your mouth and you don't happen to be African American, then you have a whole lot of explaining". [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/11/20/entertainment/e142041S77.DTL&feed=rss.news "Richards Racial Tirade Draws Castigation"] SFgate.com news as retrieved December 18, 2006]

Filmography

Television

References

External links

* [http://www.paulrodriguez.com Official web site]
*imdb name|id=0735467|name=Paul Rodriguez


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