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Also Known As: Andrew Dice Clay Silverstein, Andrew Clay, Andrew Clay Silverstein Died:
Born: September 29, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

The stage act of this stand-up comedian-turned-actor reaped controversy for being over-laden with obscenities and was considered to be misogynistic by feminists and most thinking people. Andrew 'Dice' Clay nevertheless found the shtick to propel him to stardom after years of performing in small clubs with an appeal to the urban/suburban teenaged white boys, confused about their roles as men in the changing times. Clay, decked in a leather jacket, with a dangling spoke in Brooklyn slang and used so many nasty words and disgusting references that he was banned from MTV after an appearance on "The 1989 MTV Video Awards". The controversy continued the following year when Clay's booking as the guest host on the final show of the season of "Saturday Night Live" caused cast member Nora Dunn to boycott the show in protest of his remarks about women. Dunn never returned to the cast, but Clay's gig was pretty much up as well. He disappeared for several years, returning in the mid-1990s trying to become a TV sitcom star.

The stage act of this stand-up comedian-turned-actor reaped controversy for being over-laden with obscenities and was considered to be misogynistic by feminists and most thinking people. Andrew 'Dice' Clay nevertheless found the shtick to propel him to stardom after years of performing in small clubs with an appeal to the urban/suburban teenaged white boys, confused about their roles as men in the changing times. Clay, decked in a leather jacket, with a dangling spoke in Brooklyn slang and used so many nasty words and disgusting references that he was banned from MTV after an appearance on "The 1989 MTV Video Awards". The controversy continued the following year when Clay's booking as the guest host on the final show of the season of "Saturday Night Live" caused cast member Nora Dunn to boycott the show in protest of his remarks about women. Dunn never returned to the cast, but Clay's gig was pretty much up as well. He disappeared for several years, returning in the mid-1990s trying to become a TV sitcom star.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blue Jasmine (2013)
2.
 Heckler (2008)
3.
 One Night At Mccool's (2001) Elmo; Utah
4.
 My Five Wives (2000) Tony Morano
5.
 Foolish (1999) El Dorado Ron
6.
 Whatever It Takes (1998) Dave Menari
7.
 Good Life, The (1997)
8.
 National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) Dick ("Anger")
9.
 No Contest (1995) Oz
10.
 Brain Smasher... A Love Story (1993) Ed Malloy
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as stand-up comic in NYC clubs during the 1970s
1980:
Regular comic at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California
1983:
Made film debut in "Wacko"
:
Had recurring role as gangster Max Goldman on "Crime Story" (NBC)
1988:
Had own HBO special, "The Diceman Cometh"
1989:
Banned from MTV after his performance on the "MTV Video Music Awards"
1989:
Released album "Dice"; certified gold
1990:
Hosted "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); regular cast member Nora Dunn boycotted the show
1990:
Had first starring film role, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane"
1991:
Wrote and performed in concert film "Dice Rules"
1995:
TV-movie debut, "No Contest" (HBO)
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Starred in TV sitcom "Bless This House" (CBS)
1997:
Returned to series TV as star of the UPN sitcom "Hitz"
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Notes

"It's like I have two different careers. I have my career as an actor, and my career as a stand-up. The character I'm playing in ['Hitz'] is in the middle of those two, because this is a character with a lot of attitude, which Dice has, only it's without the foul language." --Andrew Dice Clay in DAILY NEWS, July 10, 1997

"I like having attitude. In my real personality, I have a lot of attitude--not necessarily nasty, but I have a lot of confidence about myself." --Clay in THE NEW YORK POST, July 10, 1997

"So I tell fornication jokes. So I tell gential jokes. I'm still no O.J. I'm still no John Wayne Bobbitt. I don't beat up women." --Clay in DAILY NEWS, July 28, 1996

"Life does get in the way of sex. I mean, sex is when people are their happiest. I don't care how hard you can make 'em laugh in a club. It's just the truth. If a president was ready to push the red button and blow up the world and a hot-looking brunette walked into his office with big t*ts, he'd change his mind real quick. That's just the way it is." --Clay in TIMEOUT NEW YORK, June 19-26, 1996

"Now I'm a 37-year old guy, you know, losing his hair and getting heavier. It's just being very real on stage and being able to make fun of myself a little." --Clay in DAILY NEWS, July 24, 1995

"I actually have total respect for women. I've been with the same woman nine years. The media would say I demean women, but I was talking about the experiences I had when I was 20, 21. You're out with a girl you think is the nicest girl in the world, and by midnight, you're doing things to her you wouldn't do to a farm animal. That was a joke I used. I wanted to hold a mirror up to people." --Clay in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, September 15, 1995

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Kathy Swanson. Married in 1984; divorced in 1986.
wife:
Kathleen Monica. Married in 1992; mother of Clay's two sons.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Fred Silverstein. Real estate broker.
mother:
Doris Silverstein.
son:
Maxwell Lee Silverstein. Born in August 1990; mother, Kathleen Monica.
son:
Dillon Scott Silverstein. Born c. 1994; mother, Kathleen Monica.
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