Paul Rodriguez (actor)

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Paul Rodriguez
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Rodriguez in 1998
Born (1955-01-19) January 19, 1955 (age 64)
Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Medium Stand-up comedy, film, television
Nationality Mexican
Years active1983–present
Genres Observational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, physical comedy, satire
Subject(s) Latin American culture, race relations, family, everyday life, human sexuality
Children Paul Rodriguez, Jr.

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

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.


Early life

Paul Rodriguez was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, to Mexican agriculture ranchers. [1] His family later migrated to Compton, California, where Rodriguez enlisted in the United States Air Force and was subsequently stationed in Iceland and Duluth, Minnesota.

Sinaloa State of Mexico

Sinaloa, officially the Estado Libre y Soberano de Sinaloa, is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, compose the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 18 municipalities and its capital city is Culiacán Rosales.

Compton, California City in California, United States

Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, situated south of downtown Los Angeles. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,456. It is known as the "Hub City" due to its geographic centrality in Los Angeles County. Neighborhoods in Compton include Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and Richland Farms. The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and is home to a relatively young population, at an average 25 years of age, compared to the American median age of 38.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.



He first appeared in a.k.a. Pablo , a sitcom produced by Embassy Television for ABC, but the show was canceled after six 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 "The Book of Love", by The Monotones, as a theme song.[ citation needed ] He later hosted a Friday nighttime television show called El Show de Paul Rodriguez that was broadcast on Univision from March 2, 1990 to January 1, 1993.[ citation needed ]

a.k.a. Pablo is an American sitcom starring Paul Rodriguez that aired on ABC from March 6 to April 10, 1984. It was executive produced by Norman Lear.

A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan.

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]


Rodriguez has appeared in several feature films, such as Blood Work with Clint Eastwood, 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 ]

<i>Blood Work</i> (film) 2002 film by Clint Eastwood

Blood Work is a 2002 American mystery thriller film produced, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The film co-stars Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesús, and Anjelica Huston. It is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly.

Clint Eastwood American actor and film director

Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.

<i>D.C. Cab</i> 1983 film by Joel Schumacher

D.C. Cab is a 1983 American comedy film, starring Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Mr. T, Charlie Barnett, Gary Busey, Marsha Warfield, and Whitman Mayo. The film was written and directed by Joel Schumacher with the story by Topper Carew & Schumacher.

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]


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

Rodriguez is a part-owner of the Laugh Factory comedy venue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, 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] Rodriguez also has an interest in farming and owns operations in California's Central Valley.

Charity work

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]


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

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



YearFilmRoleOther notes
1983 D.C. Cab Xavier
1986 Quicksilver Hector Rodriguez
The Whoopee Boys Barney Benar
Miracles Juan
1987 Born in East L.A. Javier
1993 Made in America Jose
1994 A Million to Juan Juan LopezDirector
Rhythm ThiefEladio
1995 Rough Magic Diego
1998 Melting Pot Gustavo Alvarez
2000 Price of Glory Pepe
Mambo CaféGustavo Alvarez
G-Men From Hell Winiford 'Weenie Man'
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Diego
Tortilla Soup Orlando Castillo
Rat Race Taxi Driver
The Shipment Jose Garcia
Ali Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
2002 Blood Work Det. Ronaldo Arrango
Back by Midnight Next Week
Time Changer Eddie Martinez
2003 Chasing Papi Costas DelgadoUncredited Role
Baadasssss! Jose Garcia
2004 A Cinderella Story Bobby
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Fernando
2006Cloud 9Mr. Wong
Swap MeetCouncilmen Gonzales
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen Cupid Voice Role
Direct-to-Video Release
2007One Long NightPoncho
2008 Vicious Circle Professor
Beverly Hills Chihuahua ChicoVoice Role
2009 Lonely Street Det. Romero
Porndogs: The Adventures of SadieBatoVoice Role
The DeportedErnesto
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Crazy Carlito
2016 El Americano: The Movie [14] El DivinoVoice Role
1983 Gloria JerryEpisode: An Uncredited Woman
1984 a.k.a. Pablo Paul Rivera6 episodes
1986Hardesty House
Tall Tales & Legends JulioEpisode: Ponce de Leon
The Golden Girls Ramone Episode: Vacation
19881989 Trial and Error Tony Rivera8 episodes
19881989 The Newlywed Game Himself
1990Grand SlamPedro Gomez8 episodes
1991 Hi Honey - I'm Dead Ralph (The Angel)TV-Movie
Great Performances SatanasEpisode: La Pastorela
1995Live in San Quentin, Paul RodriguezHimselfLive TV-Special
The Eddie FilesConstruction WorkerEpisode: Geometry - Invasion of the Polygons
Touched by an Angel Ben Rivera Episode: Trust
1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Jesse the jester/Gilbert/TizocEpisode: Sleeping Beauty/The Fisherman and his Wife/The Shoemaker and the Elves
1996Latino Laugh FestivalHimselfLive TV-Special
1998 King of the Hill Jacinto Episode: Three Days of the Kahndo
2000 Ready to Run T.J.Voice Role
20002001 Resurrection Blvd. Paulie4 episodes
2002American FamilyFlacoEpisode: Mexican Revolution
2003 The Twilight Zone Rosas Episode: Tagged
The Proud Family Limo DriverVoice Role
Episode: Adventures in BeBe-Sitting
Dora the Explorer Leon, the Circus LionVoice Role
Episode: Leon, the Circus Lion
2005 The Buzz on Maggie Julio's FatherVoice Role
Episode: Lunchlady
2005 Zatch Bell Teenager, Various Voices1 episode
2010–2012 Mis Videos Locos Himself40 episodes for MTV Tr3s

Awards and nominations

ALMA Award

Imagen Awards

NCLR Bravo Awards

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