April 21, 1997 12:00 PM

“I’m proportionately neat to how much rent I pay,” says Rob Schneider, whose alter ego picks empty beer cans out of the couch and uses dirty underwear as coffee filters in NBC’s Men Behaving Badly. Since August, Schneider, 32 and a divorced father of a 7-year-old daughter, has lived in the pricey Hollywood Hills “around the corner from Brando,” he says. “Well, a little farther than that.” A lifelong passion for collecting (“American Indian stuff, that’s my new thing”) has led to the artful kitsch of Schneider’s grownup rec room. “He was the kid that had the coolest stuff,” says Schneider’s brother and manager, John, 34, who spends many cigar-stoked evenings hanging out while Rob and his pals work on scripts surrounded by ’50s rattan furniture, a tiki lamp and a climatically out of place pair of Eskimo snow-shoes. “It’s 4 a.m., we’re laughing till we’re crying. It’s a very creative environment.” Presiding over the proceedings is Schneider’s treasured painting of Jack Lord, the chiseled-chinned star of the long-running cop drama Hawaii Five-O, whom Rob saw crossing a hotel lobby while on a family vacation in Oahu when he was 8. “It was ridiculously priced,” admits the Saturday Night Live alum, who found the portrait in a vintage shop in his native San Francisco. “It cost a coupla hundred bucks! But it’s really cool-looking. It’s crude, but I like it.”

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