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Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Comic Dangerfield stable after op
Rodney Dangerfield with wife Joan
Dangerfield, pictured with wife Joan, starred in films like Caddyshack
Veteran US comedian Rodney Dangerfield is in intensive care in hospital more than a week after having heart surgery.

Dangerfield, 82, one of the leading US comics from the 1960s-80s, had heart valve replacement at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on 25 August.

He "has been in intensive care, resting in stable condition", his spokesman Kevin Sasaki said.

Dangerfield has had a number of health problems in recent years, including a mild heart attack in 2001.

Before the procedure, he joked: "If things go right, I'll be there about a week - and if things don't go right, I'll be there about an hour and a half."

'No respect'

Mr Sasaki said: "I would suspect that some time in the next week, doctors will have some kind of a statement."

Dangerfield, whose catchphrase is "I can't get no respect", became known to US audiences during the 1960s and 1970s from appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin shows and the Tonight Show.

He also appeared in films such as 1980s hits Caddyshack, Easy Money and Back to School.

The operation follows double-bypass heart surgery in March 2000, an operation to correct an aneurysm three months later and a heart attack in 2001.

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