In the advertisements, Rippy was seen trying to wrap his mouth around the super-sized Jumbo Jack hamburger. The tag line "It's too big to eat!" (pronounced "It's too big-a-eat!") became a catch-phrase. Another spot showed Rippy giggling while singing the song "Take Life a Little Easier," which was released as a single by Bell Records in the fall of 1973 in the wake of the commercial's popularity.
The 45 (b/w "World of Love") approached the Billboard Magazine "Bubbling Under the Hot 100" chart in October 1973, peaking at #112. At the age of five, Rippy became the youngest person ever to make any Billboard music chart. Rippy subsequently had guest-roles in many popular television shows, including The Six Million Dollar Man, Marcus Welby, MD, Police Story, and The Odd Couple (where Rodney played the owner of the building where Oscar and Felix lived). He also appeared frequently on talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Dinah's Place with Dinah Shore. Rippy also had a co-starring role on the CBS Saturday morning children's show The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine.
Rodney made his big screen debut (uncredited, filmed before the Jack in the Box spots) in the Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles in 1974. He portrayed a young Sheriff Bart aboard his parents' buckboard wagon after a brutal Sioux nation attack. When the Sioux chief, portrayed by Brooks, allows the pioneers passage (for being darker than the Sioux are), Rippy says his only line, "Thank you." In a Peanuts newspaper comic strip dated July 3, 1974, Snoopy awakens from a dream in which he "had been invited out to dinner by Rodney Allen Rippy!"
Rippy graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1995. He has taken on a few acting roles since his childhood stardom, filming a few episodes of Parker Lewis Can't Lose in the early 90s, appearing in the 1997 independent film, Former Child Star and the 2003 David Spade comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
Rodney also hosted his Entertainment Talk Radio Show (The Rodney Allen Rippy Show) which aired Saturday nights here in Los Angeles on a local radio station. The concept of the radio show is currently being revamped for television. We will let you know when the show will hit the airwaves near you! Already in 2003 Rodney was a presenter on the TV Land Awards, had a cameo in David Spades latest feature film Dickie Roberts, has made an appearance on the FOX reality show Classmates and appeared on the Food Channels Trivia Unwrapped. And if that isn't enough, Rodney owns and operates his advertising and promotions company RIPPED MARKETING GROUP.
05/16/2016 - Breaking Automotive New: Rodney Allen Rippy accepts the title as Business To Business Development for OEM Audio Plus. Rodney will be working with many of the Toyota dealerships in the Southern California area. OEM Audio Plus manufactures sound systems for Toyota, Subaru and Scion nationwide and all a customer has to do to upgrade is go into a dealership and ask for a part number.