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Ex Jack in the Box Star Critical after Motorbike Crash

9/8/2010 8:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rodney Allen Rippy -- the chubby cheeked kid in those '70s Jack in the Box ads -- is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash ... TMZ has learned.

Rodney Allen Rippy Crash

According to his publicist, Rodney was thrown 10 feet in the air when he wrecked his dirt bike in North Carolina on Monday -- but he didn't go to the hospital until today when he had trouble breathing. Rodney -- who's now 42 -- suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung. We're told he's recovering in the trauma unit.

Besides Jack in the Box, Rodney had a small role in one of the greatest movies of all time ... "Blazing Saddles."

090710_pippy_video_2All growed up, Rodney belted out a "Jack" jingle when we spotted him earlier this year. Smaller cheeks, but still super cool.



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Chia    

I LOVE him!

Get well soon!

1474 days ago
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bill    

oh my god . My Childhood , may he get well . sincerely Christian

1474 days ago
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Big Mamma Cornbread    

RODNEY GET WELL SOON AND NO MORE DIRT BIKES.

1474 days ago
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awards    

Hope he recovers fully and soon!

1474 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Fist Gary Coleman now Rodney Allen Rippy? whose next Ralph Carter from Good Times?

1474 days ago
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cali    

"It's too big to eat!"

1474 days ago
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my 2 cents    

Stay strong and get well soon !

1474 days ago
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kickaboo    

Get well soon, Rodney. Getting too old for those dirt bikes, man.

1474 days ago
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I Luv TMZ    

OMG!! Rodney Allen Rippy. I remember him. What I don't remember was that I am 2 years older him!! I feel old.

1474 days ago
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Rastus    

A lovable little tyke he was. Pedaling a darn good sammich too!

1474 days ago
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Trainwrecks    

seems like alot of us are in the age group that remembers him when we were kids ...

i remember when there was the news story when he was little that he had died right after the jack in the box commercial and it became huge headlines what happened.

way before the internet and it was amazing how it spread like wildfire.

1474 days ago
12.

Just_Me    

May God bless you Rodney! I had a crush on him growing up lol!

1474 days ago
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Carl    

Wow, did Harvey himself write this one? I can't imagine anyone else on the TMZ staff is old enough to remember those commercials or Blazing Saddles! Usually you guys act like something that happened 3 years ago is ancient history.

1474 days ago
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Atillathegun    

Now isn't this ironic. A few days ago I was listening to the angry Samoans "get off the air Rodney" and found out that he had played their song about him because he wasn't aware that it was about him and someone mentioned that the funny thing is that he is still on the air today. I assume it's him because of the equipment in the background as I am too lazy to check and verify.
This really gives me a chuckle. I wonder which DJ will play the song or what comic will feed off of this situation.

1474 days ago
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EDITA ON STEROIDS    

May 12 2009 isnt earlier this year. It is actually last year. Rodney i wish you a speedy recovery

1474 days ago
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