Monday, February 9, 2009

Comedian Rodney Winfield Passes Away


It has been confirmed to us today that veteran comedian and actor Rodney Winfield has passed away today due to complications with his kidneys. No word yet on exactly what sort of ailment he had, but it has been confirmed that he passed away today. Winfiled was probably best known for his perfomance in Talking Dirty After Dark and Dead Presidents. Winfield was 76 years old.

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8 comments:

ComicPierre said...

wow..how sad, I was just asking about him the other day. I'ma really miss this man. I was lucky enough to get a chance to spend many private times with him. When I first came to Hollywood he would let me tag along with him from gig to gig (Rodney didn't have a car, I know he was using me for a ride cause I had a car(lol) but I didn't care). The knowledge of the game I was receiving was well worth it. This man showed me how to always be ready to perform. Rodney was ready at a drop of a dime to perform, no praying, getting your head together, no going over notes, etc just "call my name". I wanted to be like him so much, that I started acting like him on stage and had to distance myself from him before I became him..lol Four years ago I flew him to Az for a show and while driving back to his hotel after the show we had a heart to heart talk and I realized truly how deep this man was. I'll always cherish the things he told me that night. When people would ask me who my favorite comic is/was I would always say Rodney Winfield..which many times they would say "who?" and that in it's self is a shame, because anyone who knows Urban comedy SHOULD know Rodney, ask any Black comic about Rodney and see the smile that comes across their face. Thanks for the memories Rodney. PIERRE

Longhorn said...

One of St Louis favorite comics amoungst comics and fans alike. He was really a great guy in person and on stage.

He talked to young comics and told them like it was. Sometimes if you caught him right, he would tell you a thing or two about the industry.

A legend and an icon in his own right.

God Bless Him,
Longhorn The Comedian

Raymond said...

Rest In Peace Rodney... We will truly miss our link from Def Jam to the Old Guard. Take your rest

Rayzor

joz said...

Pierre...I hear ya! Great guy and I wish I could have seen him over the last few years. I had been wondering about him. I actually thought the two of you were related when you guys performed at All Jokes Aside in Chicago. We hung out often in Chicago. He spoke highly of you and he always told everyone he was your uncle. Nice guy and very funny man! He will be missed. Jocelyn.

Anonymous said...

Rodney Winfield was very instrumental in me becoming a comedian. My name is Aaron Foster. I am not well known but I am happy. Thats what he taught me. ITs more important to be happy than it is to live a miserable life.

Rodney came to chicago in 1994 to perform at All Jokes aside and "rocked the house". He made me love him and that mysterious sailors hat he used to wear. I get the feeling he was not in the service.
Many years later I had the opportunity to see him at Jokes and Notes- he was obviously many years older na da little slower however he was still great. RIP Rodney Winfield.

DEXTER said...

Rodney Winfield was truly one of my favorite comedians of all times, the others being Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. Rodney came back to Los Angeles in the early nighties. He came to the Townhouse in Ladera Heights on comedy night. He told the door man that he heard there was a comedy competition that night and he came to win it. The doorman looked at me and said who is he. I responded I don't know but he came to win the competition and we both laugh. Later on that night when he went on stage we both laughed with him and we have not stopped laughing to this day. People often ask me who is the funniest Comedian right now and I always said Mr. Rodney Winfield. They say who is that and I would say if you had seen he before you would not ask that question. Rodney, I truly thank you for the knowledge that you gave me whenever you were around. You made it easy to talk to you. You are the funniest Comedian that I have ever graced the stage with. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to have met and perform with you. You will be sorely missed in the comedy world. Rodney for the last time CHOP CHOP.

Much love and respect,
Dexter Smiles

Tony Winfield said...

I just want to say thanks to everybody and all of the comedians that came out to pay their respect at my cousin Rodney funeral. I got to tell y'all this was the most hilarious funeral I probably will ever attend in my lifetime! If you weren't there, YOU MISSED IT!
I think Rodney would have been well pleased with the way folks from all over paid homage to him. Rodney lived his life just the way he wanted to, CHA CHA and all, if you know what I mean! LOL.. Cuz, I know you're up there rejoicing with your mama and daughter, aunt Velma and Stacy.
Oh! for y'all out there in cyberspace, here's an FYI. Rodney died at the age of 69, NOT 76!
Just thought I might clear that up!
R.I.P. cousin,
Love & miss you already Cuz! :(
Tony Winfield

Anonymous said...

I just want to say thanks to everybody and all of the comedians that came out to pay their respect at my cousin Rodney funeral. I got to tell y'all this was the most hilarious funeral I probably will ever attend in my lifetime! If you weren't there, YOU MISSED IT!
I think Rodney would have been well pleased with the way folks from all over paid homage to him. Rodney lived his life just the way he wanted to, Chop Chop and all, if you know what I mean! LOL.. Cuz, I know you're up there rejoicing with your mama and daughter, aunt Velma and Stacy.
Oh! for y'all out there in cyberspace, here's an FYI. Rodney died at the age of 69, NOT 76!
Just thought I might clear that up!
R.I.P. cousin,
Love & miss you already Cuz! :(
Tony Winfield

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