Comedian Rodney Dangerfield underwent a seven-hour operation Wednesday to replace a heart valve, his spokesman told The Associated Press.
“I’m pleased to announce that Rodney Dangerfield made it through his surgery and is currently resting comfortably in intensive care over at UCLA,” said the spokesman, Kevin Sasaki.
Dangerfield is expected to be hospitalized about a week and should be able to return to work in about two months, Sasaki said.
Dangerfield, 82, underwent brain surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, last year to reduce his chances of having a stroke during Wednesday’s procedure.
The comic, best known for the self-mocking line, “I don’t get no respect,” recently released his autobiography, “It’s Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs.”
Before the surgery he was busy promoting his book, taping a forthcoming appearance for the TV sitcom “Still Standing” and working on the animated comedy “Family Guy.”
“He’s had a pretty busy schedule up until this last week,” Sasaki said.