It proved a huge boost to his career, leading to roles in the films "Easy Money" and "Back to School." He also appeared in a series of Miller Lite commercials. In later years, Dangerfield made appearances in the films "Natural Born Killers" and Adam Sandler's "Little Nicky."
In 2004, Dangerfield lapsed into a coma and died on October 5, just shy of his 83rd birthday. Since his death he has gotten plenty of respect: hospital suites bearing his name, a Comedy Central commemoration and an Irish rock band, The Dangerfields, named in his honor.
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