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Paul Rodriguez
Rodriguez in 1998
Born (1955-01-19) January 19, 1955 (age 69)
Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
MediumComedy, film, television
Years active1981–present
GenresObservational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, physical comedy, satire
Subject(s)Latin American culture, race relations, family, everyday life, human sexuality
ChildrenPaul Rodriguez, Jr.

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

Early life[edit]

Paul Rodriguez was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, to Mexican agriculture ranchers.[1] His family migrated to Compton, California, where Rodriguez enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Iceland and in Duluth, Minnesota. Rodriguez was first assigned to Lackland AFB after completing training at Sheppard AFB, both in Texas. A1C Rodriguez worked in a Communications Center as a 29130 and had a Top Secret security clearance. He won Tops in Blue.



Rodriguez first appeared in a.k.a. Pablo, a 1984 sitcom produced by Embassy Television for ABC, but the show was canceled after six episodes. He was regular cast member of the 1988 sitcom Trial and Error, but it was cancelled after only three episodes aired. Later in the same year he replaced Bob Eubanks as host of The Newlywed Game for a season (which was renamed The Newlywed Game Starring Paul Rodriguez and also during his tenure as host, the doo-wop hit "The Book of Love" by The Monotones was used as its theme song). El Show de Paul Rodriguez was on Univision from March 2, 1990, to January 1, 1993.[2]

From 2010 to 2011, Rodriguez hosted two seasons and 40 episodes 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 like surveillance cameras and mobile phones.[3]


Rodriguez has appeared in several feature films, such as The Whoopee Boys with Michael O'Keefe, Denholm Elliott and Marsha Warfield, 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 worked in 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.[4]

In 2009, the stand up Comedy Special Paul Rodriguez: Comedy Rehab, produced and hosted by Rodriguez was released.[5] Paul Rodriguez: Just for the Record, which documents a live performance was released in 2011.[6]

In May 2021, Rodriguez made his debut on A Million Little Things as Gary's Dad.[7] He re-united with Jeff Valdez, creator of the Latino Laugh Festival as host of the second annual HA! Comedy Festival, which will air on HBO Max.[8] According to Deadline Hollywood, he is expected to appear in the dark comedy feature film The Immortalist which was scheduled to be released in November 2021. It also features Franco Nero, Sherilyn Fenn, Aries Spears, and Jeff DuJardin.[9]


In 2004 Comedy Central ranked him at No. 74 on its list of the "100 Greatest Standups of all Time."[10]

Rodriguez was acknowledged with the "Humanitarian of the Year Award" by the City of Fresno for his work in the area of water conservation.[11]

Company owner[edit]

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 in a highly publicized on-stage rant against two black male hecklers.[12] When asked about Richards's 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."[13] 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 his 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 television special 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 enacting the California Water Bond Measure.[14]


Rodriguez has been a vocal and active supporter of the Republican Party. In 2010 he endorsed Republican Meg Whitman during her campaign against Jerry Brown to become governor of California.[15] Rodriguez calls himself a "closeted Republican" but voted for Barack Obama in 2008.[16] He endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election and recorded a radio promotion in Spanish for Romney's campaign.[17] He also collaborated with former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of his work with the California Latino Water Coalition.[15] In 2018, Rodriguez announced that he supports many of the policies of Donald Trump.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Rodriguez's son Paul Rodriguez Jr. is a professional skateboarder (also known as "P-Rod").[18][19]


  • 1986: You're in America now, speak Spanish
  • 1997: Cheese 'n' macaroni


Paul Rodriguez in 2005
Year Film Role Other 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 Lopez Director
Rhythm Thief Eladio
1995 Rough Magic Diego
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 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 Delgado Uncredited Role
Baadasssss! Jose Garcia
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
Direct-to-Video Release
2007 One Long Night Poncho
2008 Vicious Circle Professor
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Chico Voice Role
2009 Lonely Street Det. Romero
Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie Bato Voice Role
The Deported Ernesto
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Crazy Carlito
2011 Without Men Camacho
2016 El Americano: The Movie[20] El Divino Voice Role
2017 Pray for Rain Francisco Reynoso
2021 Clifford the Big Red Dog Alonso Sanchez[21]
2023 Tomorrow's Game Jorge Robles
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Himself
1983 Gloria Jerry Episode: An Uncredited Woman
1984 a.k.a. Pablo Paul Rivera 6 episodes
1986 Hardesty House
Tall Tales & Legends Julio Episode: Ponce de Leon
The Golden Girls Ramone Episode: Vacation
1988 Trial and Error Tony Rivera 8 episodes (5 unaired)
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
1995–1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Jesse the jester/Gilbert/Tizoc Episode: Sleeping Beauty/The Fisherman and his Wife/The Shoemaker and the Elves
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
2002 Mucha Lucha El Potrero Episode: Pinball Wizard
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
Episode: Lunchlady
2005 Zatch Bell Teenager, Various Voices 1 episode
2010–2012 Mis Videos Locos Himself 40 episodes for MTV Tr3s

Awards and nominations[edit]

ALMA Award

  • 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

Imagen Awards

  • 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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  3. ^ Mas, Tr3s: MTV, Musica y. "Comedian Paul Rodriguez Returns to Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas With Second Season of 'Mis Videos Locos'". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Retrieved October 7, 2021.{{cite press release}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ ABC7. "Comedian Paul Rodriguez | ABC7 Los Angeles | abc7.com". ABC7 Los Angeles. Retrieved October 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  6. ^ "COMEDIAN PAUL RODRIGUEZ "JUST FOR THE RECORD" | Hispanic Lifestyle". Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "A Million Little Things First Look: See Paul Rodriguez Debut as Gary's Dad". www.yahoo.com. April 28, 2021. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
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  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (December 20, 2019). "Rachel True, Sean Gunn Join 'Agnes'; Sherilyn Fenn, Franco Nero Topline 'Immortalist'; Cameron Douglas, Elisabeth Röhm In 'The Runner'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
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  12. ^ Lynn Elber (November 20, 2006). "Michael Richards, aka Kramer, spews racial slurs during stand-up". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  13. ^ "Richards Racial Tirade Draws Castigation" San Francisco Chronicle. news as retrieved December 18, 2006 Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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