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January 19, 1955 |
Rodriguez was born in Mazatlan, Mexico to Mexican agriculture ranchers. His family migrated to East Los Angeles, California, where Rodriguez enlisted in the United States Air Force and was subsequently stationed in Uruguay and Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. Rodriguez considered becoming a lawyer, but instead ventured into the field of comedy.
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 Friday nighttime television show called El Show de Paul Rodriguez that was broadcast on Univision from 1990-1992.
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.
Rodriguez has appeared in several feature films, such as Blood Work with Christy Mack, 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.
In 2009 the Paul Rodriguez: Comedy Rehab movie featured a night of Latino comedy that is hosted by Rodriguez and Paul Rodriguez: Just for the Record, which documents a live performance by the comedian, was released in 2011.
In 2004 Comedy Central ranked him at #74 on its list of the "100 Greatest Standups of all Time." Rodriguez was acknowledged with the "Humanitarian of the Year Award" by the City of Fresno for his work in the area of water conservation.
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. 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." Rodriguez also has an interest in farming and owns operations in California's Central Valley.
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.
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. Rodriguez then endorsed Republican Candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election and recorded a radio promotion in Spanish for Romney's campaign. Rodriguez also collaborated with former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of his work with the California Latino Water Coalition.
- 1986: You're in America now, speak Spanish
- 1997: Cheese 'n' macaroni
|The Whoopee Boys||Barney Benar|
|1987||Born in East L.A.||Javier|
|1993||Made in America||Jose|
|1994||A Million to Juan||Juan Lopez||Director|
|1998||Melting Pot||Gustavo Alvarez|
|2000||Price of Glory||Pepe|
|Mambo Café||Gustavo Alvarez|
|G-Men From Hell||Winiford 'Weenie Man'|
|2001||Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles||Diego|
|Tortilla Soup||Orlando Castillo|
|Rat Race||Gus the Cabbie|
|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 Delgado||Uncredited Role|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Bobby|
|2005||The World's Fastest Indian||Fernando|
|2006||Cloud 9||Mr. Wong|
|Swap Meet||Councilmen Gonzales|
|Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen||Cupid||Voice Role
|2007||One Long Night||Poncho|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Chico||Voice Role|
|2009||Lonely Street||Det. Romero|
|Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie||Bato||Voice Role|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Crazy Carlito|
|2015||El Americano: The Movie||El Divino||Voice Role
|1983||Gloria||Jerry||Episode: An Uncredited Woman|
|1984||a.k.a. Pablo||Paul Rivera||6 episodes|
|Tall Tales & Legends||Julio||Episode: Ponce de Leon|
|The Golden Girls||Ramone||Episode: Vacation|
|1988–1989||Trial and Error||Tony Rivera||8 episodes|
|1988–1989||The Newlywed Game||Himself|
|1990||Grand Slam||Pedro Gomez||8 episodes|
|1991||Hi Honey - I'm Dead||Ralph (The Angel)||TV-Movie|
|Great Performances||Satanas||Episode: La Pastorela|
|1995||Live in San Quentin, Paul Rodriguez||Himself||Live TV-Special|
|The Eddie Files||Construction Worker||Episode: Geometry - Invasion of the Polygons|
|Touched by an Angel||Ben Rivera||Episode: Trust|
|1996||Latino Laugh Festival||Himself||Live 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.||Paulie||4 episodes|
|2002||American Family||Flaco||Episode: Mexican Revolution|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Rosas||Episode: Tagged|
|The Proud Family||Limo Driver||Voice Role
Episode: Adventures in BeBe-Sitting
|Dora the Explorer||Leon, the Circus Lion||Voice Role
Episode: Leon, the Circus Lion
|2005||The Buzz on Maggie||Julio's Father||Voice Role
|2005||Zatch Bell||Teenager, Various Voices||1 episode|
|2010-2012||Mis Videos Locos||Himself||40 episodes for MTV Tr3s|
Awards and nominations
- 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Individual or Act in a Variety or Comedy Special" - Comic Relief VIII
- 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" - Tortilla Soup
- 2009: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film" - Beverly Hills Chihuahua
NCLR Bravo Awards
- 1996: Won, "Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Variety or Music Series/Special" - Latino Laugh Festival
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