Paul Rodriguez (actor)

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Paul Rodriguez
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Rodriguez in 1998
Born (1955-01-19) January 19, 1955 (age 65)
Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Mediumcomedy, film, television
NationalityMexican-American ^^
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 actor, comedian, singer and rapper.


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.



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 ]

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 ]

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]

According to Deadline Hollywood, Rodriguez is expected to appear in the dark comedy feature film The Immortalist in 2020, along with Franco Nero, Sherilyn Fenn, Aries Spears, and Jeff DuJardin. [5]


In 2004 Comedy Central ranked him at No. 74 on its list of the "100 Greatest Standups of all Time." [6] Rodriguez was acknowledged with the "Humanitarian of the Year Award" by the City of Fresno for his work in the area of water conservation. [7]

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. [8] 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." [9] 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. [10]


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. [11] Rodriquez calls himself a "closeted Republican" but voted for Barack Obama in 2008. [12] Rodriguez then endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election and recorded a radio promotion in Spanish for Romney's campaign. [13] Rodriguez also collaborated with former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of his work with the California Latino Water Coalition. [11] In 2018, Rodriquez announced that he supports many of the policies of Donald Trump. [12]

Personal life

Rodriguez's son Paul Rodriguez Jr. is a professional skateboarder (also known as "P-Rod"). [14] [15]



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Paul Rodriguez
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 [16] El DivinoVoice Role
2017 Pray for Rain Francisco Reynoso
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
1988–1989 Trial and Error Tony Rivera8 episodes
1988–1989 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
2000–2001 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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