His entry into stand-up comedy dates back to the high school days when he opened for the San Francisco favourite band, Head On.
Graduating from high school, he set off to pursue a career in what he knew best – comedy. To start with, he performed at Bay Area nightclubs of the city, including Holy City Zoo and The Other Caf�. Furthermore, he was even a regular guest at the local radio stations.
No sooner he was opening for the big giants of the industry, such as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. In 1987, he even opened a show for Dennis Miller. It was his brilliance and talent that earned him a slot at the HBO’s 13th Annual Young Comedians Special.
While his career was going upscale, the big break still eluded him but not for long as in 1988, he earned himself the position of the writer at the late NBC sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live.
From serving as a writer, he slowly graduated to the position of a featured player eventually becoming a full cast member. For four years, from 1990 to 1994, he played varied roles and characters including, ‘Tiny Elvis’, ‘Orgasm Guy’, ‘Richard Laymer’ and so on.
He was featured in the video release of‘The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live’, along with colleagues Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Chris Farley. Some of the famous people whom he personified include, Adolf Hitler, K. D. Lang, Jeff Gillooly, Erik Menendez, Soon-Yi Previn, Rick Dees and Elvis Presley.
He left SNL in 1994 to pursue a career in films. The start to his film career was little than fantasy as he bagged supporting roles in his early films like ‘Surf Ninjas’, ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’, ‘Demolition Man’ and ‘Down Periscope’.
Other than films, he also starred in the TV series ‘Coach’ playing a recurring role. Furthermore, he was cast in the NBC sit-com ‘Men Behaving Badly’, an Americanized versionof the hit British series of the same name.
The big breakthrough came in 1998 with the movie, ‘The Waterloo’. The following year, he was seen in ‘Big Daddy’. The films were successful and established his position as an actor.
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It was in 1999 that he bagged the role of a protagonist in the movie, ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo’ that presents a tale of a fish-tank cleaner who is down with hefty debts and is forced to became a ‘man-whore’. Though the film received much commercial acclaim, it was panned by the critics.
The success of ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo’ led to the release of his next film, ‘The Animal’. The story of the movie revolves around a man who receives animal powers due to a mad scientist. The film met with equal success as its predecessor.
His next release included ‘The Hot Chick’. A rom-com film, it had him playing the role of a petty thief who mystically gets switched to a body of a pretty high school cheerleader.
The high reception by moviegoers for ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo’ spawned grounds for its sequel which was titled, ‘‘Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo’. However, unlike the first instalment which at least had gained the support and nod from the audience, the sequel was a debacle and panned by all.
Meanwhile, while continuing his big screen pursuits, he continued to make an appearance in the television. He was seen in the TV special, ‘Back to Norm’, ‘Seinfeld and Ally McBeal’, hosted ‘Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit ‘97’ and ‘2005 Teen Choice Awards’. He even has been a frequent guest on NBC's late-night variety program ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’.
He featured in a couple of more movies including ‘The Benchwarmers’, the 2004 remake of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, ‘Muppets From Space’, ‘Little Nicky’, ‘50 First Dates’, ‘The Longest Yard’, ‘Bedtime Stories’ and‘You Don't Mess with the Zohan’.
It was in 2007 that he put on the hat of a director with the comedy flick, Big Stan. The film was slated for an overseas release in 2008 and a US release in 2009. He even starred in the film, playing the role of a con artist who is arrested for perpetrating real-estate scams.
Other than acting and directing, he has served as a raconteur in Adam Sandler’s ‘Eight Crazy Nights’. Furthermore, he made an uncredited cameo appearance as a wedding-chapel minister in the comedy ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry’
He has made his foray into comedy album as well, coming up with his own album titled, ‘Registered Offender’ in July 2010. The album comprises of audio sketches and songs – he has given voice for all the characters on the recording.
The same year, he revived his stand-up comedy career by taking up international tour of theatres, clubs and casinos. It was during one of the tours that he befriended Neal McCoy for whom he appeared in the music video ‘Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On’
Lately, he was seen playing the titular character of Rob, which was somewhat based on his own life in the CBS-TV Situation comedy, Rob. However, the series was cancelled in 2012.
Personal Life & Legacy
He went into the wedlock with Mexican television producer Patricia Azarcoya Arce, in Beverly Hills, California. The couple was blessed with their first child, Miranda Scarlett Schneider, on November 16, 2012.
An avid environmentalist, he makes every bit of an effort to save the environment from the glitches of global warming and the perils per say. He owns a hybrid car thus causing less damage to the environment. He even hosted the 13th annual Environmental Media Awards.
He abhors vaccination practices and openly criticizes the same.
In 1996, he established the Rob Schneider Music Foundation to help the students of Pacifica's elementary schools by learning music. He funds not only the instruments and equipment required for the class but also the salaries of the teachers