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Rodney Dangerfield died in October 2004, but his memory lives on in his old neighborhood of Kew Gardens in Queens. (Getty Images)

KEW GARDENS, Queens — Late stand-up comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield will get some hometown respect in his old Queens neighborhood this week.

A plaque honoring Dangerfield will be put on display on the opening night of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema on Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. It will be placed in a garden between Austin’s Ale House’s Trackside Cafe and the Kew Gardens LIRR station.

The commemoration was spearheaded by a group of students from the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates ,who thought of the idea to honor Dangerfield, according to DNAinfo. The children reached out to the comedian’s widow, Joan Dangerfield and worked to create the plaque.

The actor’s signature catchphrase, “I don’t get no respect” will reportedly be featured on the plaque. The tribute will mention his early life in Kew Gardens and major achievements throughout the funnyman’s career. It also lists some of his more notable movie credits, including “Caddyshack,” Easy Money” and “Back to School.”

Dangerfield was born in Deer Park, Long Island before moving to Kew Gardens when he was 10 after his parents divorced in the 1930s, according to “A Picture History of Kew Gardens,” a website dedicated to the neighborhood’s history.  Dangerfield and his mother lived in a two-story Tudor building on Austin Street, not far from where his plaque will be unveiled.

It wouldn’t be the first time Dangerfield was honored in his hometown. Last year, a mural was dedicated in his name along with his famous “respect” line, but his widow, who initially donated money for it, did not approve of the final look of painting and threatened to sue unless it was painted over. It currently stands in Kew Gardens Cinemas Park, behind the movie theater at the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Austin Street.

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