Paul Rodriguez

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Paul Rodriguez
Paul Rodriguez USO.jpg
Rodriguez at a USO show aboard the USS Nimitz, June 19, 2003
Born(1955-01-19) January 19, 1955 (age 59)
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OccupationActor/Comedian
Years active1983–present
 
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Paul Rodriguez
Paul Rodriguez USO.jpg
Rodriguez at a USO show aboard the USS Nimitz, June 19, 2003
Born(1955-01-19) January 19, 1955 (age 59)
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OccupationActor/Comedian
Years active1983–present

Paul Rodriguez (born January 19, 1955[1]) is a Mexican-born American stand-up comedian and actor.

Early life[edit]

Rodriguez was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, México to Mexican agriculture ranchers.[1] His family migrated to East Los Angeles, California, where Rodriguez enlisted in the military, and was subsequently stationed in Iceland and Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. Rodriguez considered becoming a lawyer, but instead ventured into the field of comedy.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

He first appeared in a.k.a. Pablo, a sitcom produced by the ABC, but the show was canceled after seven episodes. In 1988 Rodriguez replaced Bob Eubanks as host of The Newlywed Game and lasted one season before cancellation. During his tenure as host, the show began using the 1958 song "Book of Love", by The Monotones, as a theme song. He later hosted a nighttime television show called El Show de Paul Rodriguez that was broadcast on Univision in the early 1990s.[citation needed]

From 2010 to 2011, Rodriguez hosted two seasons of the MTV Tr3́s comedy home video series Mis Videos Locos. The reality show features video footage of Latino people from various countries who are filmed by devices such as surveillance cameras and mobile phones.[2]

Film[edit]

Rodriguez has appeared in several feature films, such as Blood Work, D.C. Cab, Born in East L.A., Tortilla Soup, Rat Race, and Ali, and has also performed voiceover roles for King of the Hill, Dora the Explorer, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Rodriguez has also undertaken other roles in the film industry: He directed and starred in the film A Million to Juan, and he produced and appeared in the 2002 comedy film The Original Latin Kings of Comedy.[citation needed]

In 2009 the Paul Rodriguez: Comedy Rehab movie featured a night of Latino comedy that is hosted by Rodriguez[3] and Paul Rodriguez: Just for the Record, which documents a live performance by the comedian, was released in 2011.[4]

Awards[edit]

In 2004 Comedy Central ranked him at #74 on its list of the "100 Greatest Standups of all Time."[5] Rodriguez was acknowledged with the "Humanitarian of the Year Award" by the City of Fresno for his work in the area of water conservation.[6]

Company owner[edit]

Rodriguez is a part-owner of the Laugh Factory comedy venue in West Hollywood, California, U.S., where comedian/actor Michael Richards was filmed as he engaged in a highly publicized on-stage rant against two black male hecklers.[7] 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 to do."[8][dead link] Rodriguez also has an interest in farming and owns operations in California's Central Valley.

Charity work[edit]

Rodriguez is known for his charity work and many of Rodriguez's comedy specials cover serious issues that are of concern to the Latino community. He has performed for several Comic Relief charity specials and, in 1995, he performed a comedy television special that was broadcast live from San Quentin State Prison. He is the chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition, a group that campaigns to draw attention to California's dire water situation, and was influential in the enactment of the California Water Bond Measure.[9]

Politics[edit]

Rodriguez has been a vocal and active supporter of the Republican Party. In 2010 Rodriguez endorsed Republican Meg Whitman during her campaign against Jerry Brown to become governor of California.[10] Rodriguez then endorsed Republican Candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election and recorded a radio promotion in Spanish for Romney's campaign.[11] Rodriguez also collaborated with former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of his work with the California Latino Water Coalition.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rodriguez's son Paul Rodriguez Jr. is a professional skateboarder (also known as "P-Rod").[12][13]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1983D.C. CabXavier
1986QuicksilverHector Rodriguez
The Whoopee BoysBarney Benar
MiraclesJuan
1987Born in East L.A.Javier
1993Made in AmericaJose
1994A Million to JuanJuan LopezDirector
Rhythm ThiefEladio
1995Rough MagicDiego
1998Melting PotGustavo Alvarez
2000Price of GloryPepe
Mambo CaféGustavo Alvarez
G-Men From HellWiniford 'Weenie Man'
2001Crocodile Dundee in Los AngelesDiego
Tortilla SoupOrlando Castillo
Rat RaceGus the Cabbie
The ShipmentJose Garcia
AliDr. Ferdie Pacheco
2002
Blood WorkDet. Ronaldo Arrango
Back by MidnightNext Week
Time ChangerEddie Martinez
2003Chasing PapiCostas DelgadoUncredited Role
Baadasssss!Jose Garcia
2004A Cinderella StoryBobby
2005The World's Fastest IndianFernando
2006Cloud 9Mr. Wong
Swap MeetCouncilmen Gonzales
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't HappenCupidVoice Role
Direct-to-Video Release
2007One Long NightPoncho
2008Vicious CircleProfessor
Beverly Hills ChihuahuaChicoVoice Role
2009Lonely StreetDet. Romero
Porndogs: The Adventures of SadieBatoVoice Role
The DeportedErnesto
2010Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty GaloreCrazy Carlito
2014El Americano: The Movie[14]El DivinoVoice Role
Post-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1983GloriaJerryEpisode: An Uncredited Woman
1984a.k.a. PabloPaul Rivera6 episodes
1986Hardesty House
Tall Tales & LegendsJulioEpisode: Ponce de Leon
The Golden GirlsRamoneEpisode: Vacation
1988–1989Trial and ErrorTony Rivera8 episodes
1988–1989The Newlywed GameHimself
1990Grand SlamPedro Gomez8 episodes
1991Hi Honey - I'm DeadRalph (The Angel)TV-Movie
Great PerformancesSatanasEpisode: La Pastorela
1995Live in San Quentin, Paul RodriguezHimselfLive TV-Special
The Eddie FilesConstruction WorkerEpisode: Geometry - Invasion of the Polygons
Touched by an AngelBen RiveraEpisode: Trust
1996Latino Laugh FestivalHimselfLive TV-Special
1998King of the HillJacintoEpisode: Three Days of the Kahndo
2000Ready to RunT.J.Voice Role
TV-Movie
2000–2001Resurrection Blvd.Paulie4 episodes
2002American FamilyFlacoEpisode: Mexican Revolution
2003The Twilight ZoneRosasEpisode: Tagged
The Proud FamilyLimo DriverVoice Role
Episode: Adventures in BeBe-Sitting
Dora the ExplorerLeon, the Circus LionVoice Role
Episode: Leon, the Circus Lion
2005The Buzz on MaggieJulio's FatherVoice Role
Episode: Lunchlady
2010-2012Mis Videos LocosHimself40 episodes for MTV Tr3s

Awards and nominations[edit]

ALMA Award

Imagen Awards

NCLR Bravo Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Rodriguez Biography (1955-)". Film Reference. Advameg, Inc. 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Comedian Paul Rodriguez Returns to Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas With Second Season of 'Mis Videos Locos'". PR Newswire. PR Newswire Association LLC. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Perry Seibert (2013). "Paul Rodriguez: Comedy Rehab: Overview". msn Entertainment. Microsoft. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Cammila Collar (2013). "Paul Rodriguez: Just for the Record: Overview". msn Entertainment. Microsoft. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Steven Bloom (2 September 2010). "Paul Rodriguez - The original Latin King of Comedy at Tommy T's this weekend!". Sacramento Press. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Lynn Elber (20 November 2006). "Michael Richards, aka Kramer, spews racial slurs during stand-up". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Richards Racial Tirade Draws Castigation" SFgate.com news as retrieved December 18, 2006[dead link]
  9. ^ "About". Paul Rodriguez. Paul Rodriguez. 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Torey Van Oot (27 September 2010). "Paul Rodriguez endorses Meg Whitman". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Adriana Maestas (19 October 2012). "Comedian Paul Rodriguez Cuts An Ad For Romney". Politic365. Politic365. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Stephen Cox (11 April 2013). "Paul Rodriguez Interrogated". The Berrics. The Berrics. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Giovanni Reda (11 April 2012). "WEDNESDAYS WITH REDA Day With P-Rod Part 2" (Video upload). The Berrics. The Berrics. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cast/Characters". El Americano The Movie. Olmos. 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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