Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito

Age
69
Birthday
Nov. 17th, 1944
Born in
Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Height
5' 0"

Danny DeVito's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia TV Show
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Taxi TV Show
Taxi
Sunday Morning Shootout TV Show
Sunday Morning Shootout
 

Main Movie Roles

2010 - When in Rome
2009 - House Broken
2007 - Nobel Son
2007 - Reno 911!: Miami
2007 - The Good Night
2006 - Relative Strangers
2006 - The Oh in Ohio
2006 - Deck the Halls
2006 - 10 Items or Less
2005 - Be Cool
2003 - Anything Else
2003 - Duplex
2003 - Big Fish
2002 - Austin Powers in Goldmember
2002 - Death to Smoochy
2001 - What's the Worst That Could Happen?
2000 - Screwed
2000 - Drowning Mona
1999 - The Big Kahuna
1999 - Man on the Moon
1999 - The Virgin Suicides
1998 - Living Out Loud
1997 - L.A. Confidential
1997 - The Rainmaker
1997 - Hercules
1996 - Space Jam
1996 - Matilda
1996 - Mars Attacks!
1995 - Get Shorty
1994 - Junior
1994 - Renaissance Man
1993 - Jack the Bear
1993 - Last Action Hero
1993 - Look Who's Talking Now
1992 - Batman Returns
1992 - Hoffa
1991 - Other People's Money
1989 - The War of the Roses
1987 - Tin Men
1987 - Throw Momma from the Train
1986 - My Little Pony: The Movie
1986 - Wise Guys
1986 - Ruthless People
1985 - The Jewel of the Nile
1984 - Johnny Dangerously
1984 - Romancing the Stone
1983 - Terms of Endearment
1978 - Goin' South
1977 - The Van
1977 - The World's Greatest Lover
1976 - Car Wash
1975 - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
1971 - Bananas

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Various
10
Herb Powell (Voiced)
3
Charlie Lucre
2
Himself
2
Herbert
1
the Stripper
1
John 'John John the Apple' DeAppoliso
1
Himself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey. His father, Daniel, Sr., was a small business owner whose ventures included a dry cleaning shop, a dairy outlet, a diner, and a pool hall. His mother, Julia, was a homemaker.

While growing up in Asbury Park, his parents sent him to private schools. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School.

Following graduation in 1962, he took a job as a cosmetician at his sister's beauty salon. A year later, he enrolled at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts so he could learn more about cosmetology. While at the academy, he fell in love with acting and decided to further pursue an acting career. During this time, he met another aspiring actor Michael Douglas (I) at the National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. The two would later go on to collaborate on numerous projects.

Soon after he also met an actress named Rhea Perlman. The two fell in love and moved in together. They later married and had three children.

In 1968, Danny landed his first part in a movie when he appeared as a thug in the obscure Dreams of Glass (1970). Despite this minor triumph, Danny became discouraged with the film industry and decided to focus on stage productions.

He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1969 in "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth." He followed this up with stage roles in "The Shrinking Bride," and "Lady Liberty."

In 1975, he was approached by director Milos Forman and Michael Douglas (I) about appearing in the film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), which would star Jack Nicholson in the leading role. With box office success almost guaranteed and a chance for national exposure, Danny agreed to the role. The movie became a huge hit, both critically and financially, and still ranks today as one the greatest movies of all time.

Unfortunately, the movie did very little to help Danny's career. In the years following, he was relegated to small movie roles and guest appearances on television shows.

His big break came in 1978 when he auditioned for a role on an ABC sitcom pilot called "Taxi" (1978), which centered around taxi cab drivers at a New York City garage. Danny auditioned for the role of dispatcher Louie DePalma. At the audition, the producers told Danny that he needed to show more attitude in order to get the part. He then slammed down the script and yelled, "Who wrote this sh**?" The producers, realizing he was perfect for the part, brought him on board.

The show was a huge success, running from 1978 to 1983. Louie DePalma, played flawlessly by Danny, became one of the most memorable (and reviled) characters in television history. While he was universally hated by TV viewers, he was well-praised by critics, winning an Emmy award and being nominated three other times.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Danny maintained his status as a great character actor with memorable roles in movies like Romancing the Stone (1984), Ruthless People (1986), Throw Momma from the Train (1987) and Twins (1988/I). He also had a great deal of success behind the camera, directing movies like The War of the Roses (1989) and Hoffa (1992).

In 1992, Danny was introduced to a new generation of moviegoers when he was given the role of The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot in Tim Burton (I)'s highly successful Batman Returns (1992). This earned him a nomination for Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards.

That same year, along with his wife Rhea Perlman, Danny co-founded Jersey Films, which has produced many popular films and TV shows, including Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995), Man on the Moon (1999) and Erin Brockovich (2000).

Despite being a diminutive 5' tall, overweight and balding, Danny has managed to overcome long odds to become one of Hollywood's most versatile actors. These days, he continues to work with many of today's top talents as an actor, director and producer.


TRIVIA:
  • Italian-American
  • In 1975, under a grant from the American Film Institute, he and 'Rhea Perlman' (qv) wrote and produced 'Minestrone', which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has been translated into five languages.
  • Was originally set to play Mario in _Super Mario Bros. (1993)_ (qv) but backed out and was replaced by 'Bob Hoskins (I)' (qv).
  • Has been nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor, three different times in three different decades. In the 1980's for _Going Ape! (1981)_ (qv), in the 1990's for _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv) and in the 2000's for _Deck the Halls (2006)_ (qv). He has never won.
  • Often portrays sinister people in the movies he's in. He played a crime boss in _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv), a gambler in _Space Jam (1996)_ (qv) and _Mars Attacks! (1996)_ (qv), a sleazy agent in _Death to Smoochy (2002)_ (qv) and greedy businessman in _Ruthless People (1986)_ (qv), _What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)_ (qv), _Matilda (1996)_ (qv) and _Other People's Money (1991)_ (qv).
  • In his New Jersey hometown, one of his relatives ran a hair salon with the relatives of another actor from his neighborhood, 'Jack Nicholson' (qv).
  • First connection with 'Michael Douglas (I)' (qv) happened when he starred in a NY stage production of "Down the Morning Line" in 1969, directed by Douglas and written by 'Martin Sheen' (qv).
  • Brought a bag of carrots to munch on during the 73rd Annual Academy Awards. Host 'Steve Martin (I)' (qv) presented him with an impromptu bowl of ranch dip in the middle of the ceremony.


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