Rodney Dangerfield Sweat – Dangerfield passed away back in 2004 with a legacy of hit films and legions of fans, but Rodney is still remembered with a jar of sweat by his widow, Joan. He certainly has “respect” now.
The 60-year-old widow keeps a bottle of her husband’s sweat in her refrigerator.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joan reveals she first got the idea to collect her husband’s sweat after learning that a handkerchief stained with Elvis Presley’s perspiration was sold for a lot of money.
“Rodney had a eureka moment,” she recalls. “He said, ‘I sweat more than anybody. My sweat has to be as good as Elvis’ sweat, right?’ and he would sweat a lot up there on stage. So my job became the sweat collector.”
Joan collected Rodney’s sweat through the trusty method of sponge and a spoon. “I’d collect his sweat – about an inch at a time,” she explains. “I thought we could water it down but he said, ‘No, that wouldn’t be right.’”
She still keeps the “cloudy fluid” in a tupperware container
“It means a lot to me,” Joan says. “I do know how hard he worked to make people laugh.”
However, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where Rodney performed a lot in his later years, wasn’t too keen on the sweat operation. “They said, ‘no, we couldn’t offer that sweat,’” says Joan. “They said there was an insurance issue. Rodney was crestfallen.”
Rodney died back in 2004 at the age of 82 and Joan launches a new website Rodney.com on Friday November 22 – her late husband’s birthday. The site features the star’s handwritten jokes and photos of him with comedians Adam Sandler and Bill Gates and will be the “one place where you could find everything about Rodney you ever wanted to know or see.”
Born Jacob Rodney Cohen in New York 1921, Rodney became a surprise hit of The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s and went on to appear in films Caddyshack and Easy Money in the 1980s.