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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in West Hollywood, California, USA  (suicide by gunshot)
Birth NameRichard John Colangelo
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Jeni was born on April 14, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard John Colangelo. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mask (1994), Richard Jeni: Crazy from the Heat (1991) and The Aristocrats (2005). He died on March 10, 2007 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

Trivia (11)

Grew up in Bensonhurst, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
Graduated from NYC's Hunter College (a B.A. in political science, with honors)
Close friend of Paul Rodriguez.
First achieved national attention with his Showtime special "Richard Jeni:" Boy from New York City".
Following his death, his family later confirmed that Jeni committed suicide, and that Jeni had recently been diagnosed with "severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of insomnia and psychotic paranoia.
Was a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Leno attended his private wake at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, along with comedians Tim Allen, Richard Lewis, Elayne Boosler, Paul Provenza and close friend Paul Rodriguez.
In 2004, Jeni was ranked #57 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time; he served on the panel responsible for this ranking.
Gave his final performance in February of 2007, at a corporate dinner gig at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Jeni's girlfriend of three years, Amy Murphy, a television reporter and former WSVN-Fox 7 weather anchor, found him gravely shot in his West Hollywood apartment and called "911". He died later at Ceder-Sinai Hospital.
Has a brother Joseph and a sister Mary.
Wrote jokes for Jimmie Walker in the 1970's.

Personal Quotes (2)

My mother never saw the irony of calling me a son of a bitch.
Imagine my surprise when it turned out the main thing that I was qualified for was to get another degree and teach Political Science to other people, who would, in turn, teach it to other people! This wasn't higher education, this was Amway with a football team! --On his college degree

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