Rodney Dangerfield, Al Sharpton Knew Same Mobster

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Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 09:05 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield had ties to the same Genovese family soldier as Al Sharpton.

According to FBI records obtained by The Smoking Gun, Sharpton knew Joseph Pagano through his sports promotion work, and Pagano was also very close to Dangerfield.

Pagano told a story to Sharpton that Dangerfield would often share — the comedian owned a nightclub that a mobster was pressuring Dangerfield to get a cut of, and the mobster asked him what crime family he was "with."

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"What do you mean? I'm here with my brother," Dangerfield told him, according to The Smoking Gun.

"No, I mean who's your 'rabbi'?" the mobster said.

"Rabbi Horowitz!" Dangerfield replied.

The comic claimed that he was punched in the face by the mobster for making the joke.

Prior to becoming a successful comedian and actor, the report said, Dangerfield was caught in 1955 by the FBI for taking out illegal federal loans by using the names of customers he had obtained through his work as a door-to-door aluminum-siding salesman.

Dangerfield died in 2004 at the age of 82.

It was revealed Monday by The Smoking Gun that Sharpton had worked as a paid FBI informant and helped federal investigators take down powerful members of the New York Mafia. 

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