Apr. 21st, 1951
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tony Danza's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2006 - Cloud 9
2004 - Crash
1997 - Meet Wally Sparks
1996 - Dear God
1994 - Angels in the Outfield
1989 - She's Out of Control
1984 - Cannonball Run II
1980 - The Hollywood Knights
Guest TV Roles
Atty. Tommy Silva
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
Tony Danza received an Emmy nomination for a guest-starring role in "The Practice" (1997) and acclaim for his performance in the Broadway revival of "The Iceman Cometh" by 'Eugene ONeill (I). He is best known, however, for his lovable sitcom personae. Following a five-year run in "Taxi" (1978), he starred in "Who's the Boss?" (1984) for eight seasons. He also starred in the comedy series "Hudson Street" (1995) and "The Tony Danza Show" (1997), for which he was executive producer. His additional television credits include an acclaimed performance opposite George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon (I) in the remake of the film classic 12 Angry Men (1997) (TV) and the television movies The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (1998) (TV), Noah (1998) (TV), The Girl Gets Moe (1997), North Shore Fish (1997) (TV) and Deadly Whispers (1995) (TV). Danza's additional stage credits include the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller (I)'s Tony Award-winning "A View From the Bridge". His theatrical debut in "Wrong Turn" at Lungfish earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Among his motion picture credits are Angels in the Outfield (1994), She's Out of Control (1989), A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997), Glam (1997) and Illtown (1996). He also wrote, directed and starred in the short film Mamamia (1998) and continues to garner accolades performing in his song-and-dance stage show, which debuted in Atlantic City in 1995. He has since taken it on the road to major venues throughout the country, from Las Vegas to New York. Danza earned a bachelor's degree in history education from the University of Dubuque, which he attended on a wrestling scholarship. Shortly after graduation, he was discovered by a producer at a boxing gymnasium in New York, and "Taxi" (1978) rolled into his life. Danza was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracy, and three children.
Grew up in a Long Island suburb, Malverne, New York.
- Escaped serious injury on 9 May 2005 when the mini stock-car he was driving flipped over and he wasn't wearing a helmet.
- Retired from boxing following his 3rd round knockout victory over Johnny Heard on May 5, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona.
- He lost 3 fights as a professional boxer: a 1st round knockout to John LoCicero on October 1, 1976, a 4 round decision to Barry Hill on April 21, 1977, and a 1st round knockout loss to Morris Watkins on November 11, 1977.
- Children with ex-wife Rhonda "Yeoman" Ladanza: Marc Anthony Danza '71 and Gina Danza '83. Gina was born during a reconciliation. Tony and Rhonda later separated again.
- Has an Italian-Canadian cousin named Daniel Gianotti.
- He is actually behind the wheel of the cab that's driving across the bridge during the beginning credits of every episode of _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv).
- The metal rock band The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza was named after the actor.
- Before he starred in _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv), Tony was a boxer and was still fighting professionally during the first few seasons.