Born In: Neptune Township, New Jersey, United States
Daniel Michael ‘Danny’ DeVito, Jr., popularly known as Danny DeVito, is an American actor, comedian, director, and producer. Bullied for his small stature at school and by neighboring kids, DeVito took a lot of lumps while growing up, but proved his mettle with his talent and passion for acting. He started out by doing off-Broadway musicals and later earned his first major role in ‘NBC’ series ‘Taxi.’ The portrayal of a tyrannical yet endearing taxi dispatcher for the fictional ‘Sunshine Cab Company’ made him a popular figure on American television and landed him roles in Hollywood movies. He has always been admired for his comic timing and charming humor. However, he did not restrict himself to only humor and experimented with other roles as well. DeVito not only graced Hollywood with his acting and comedy but also directed movies starring major actors like Michael Douglas, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, etc. The genre close to his heart is black comedy and almost all of his directorial ventures belong to this genre. DeVito is also a producer and has produced famous projects like ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Reno 911!,’ etc.
Also Known As: Daniel Michael DeVito Jr.
Spouse/Ex-: Rhea Perlman (m. 1982)
father: Daniel Michael DeVito Sr
mother: Julia Devito
siblings: Angela DeVito
children: Daniel J. DeVito, Grace Fan DeVito, Lucy DeVito
Born Country: United States
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)
Ancestry: Italian American
U.S. State: New Jersey
education: American Academy Of Dramatic Arts
He attended a boarding school and went to the ‘Oratory Preparatory School’ in Summit, New Jersey. He then attended the ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ and graduated in 1966.
In 1971, Danny DeVito landed the role of Martini in the stage production of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.’ Four years later, Michael Douglas produced its film version and asked him to reprise his stage role.
DeVito auditioned for a new ‘NBC’ series titled ‘Taxi’ in 1978, and landed the part of the endearingly oppressive cab dispatcher, Louie De Palma. The show ran for five years and he won an ‘Emmy Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
In 1987, DeVito came up with his first directorial venture ‘Throw Momma from the Train,’ a dark comedy in which he also played a role. Inspired by Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train,’ the movie also starred actors like Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner.
Danny DeVito once again joined hands with Michael Douglas for his next directorial venture ‘The War of the Roses’ in 1989, which was another black comedy. The movie was based on Warren Adler’s novel of the same name.
He returned to direction with the 2016 short comedy film ‘Curmudgeons’ in which he starred alongside David Margulies.
As a voice actor, Danny DeVito has voiced several characters in movies, such as ‘Look Who’s Talking Now’ (1993), ‘Space Jam’ (1996), ‘Hercules’ (1997), ‘The Lorax’ (2012), ‘Animal Crackers’ (2017), and ‘Smallfoot’ (2018).
DeVito received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 2011, for his rich contribution towards American television.
Danny DeVito met the love of his life Rhea Perlman during the showcase of one of his plays, ‘The Shrinking Bride.’ They started an affair and got married in 1982. They have three children––Lucy, Grace, and Jacob.
Danny DeVito Movies
(Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Drama)
(Romance, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy)
(Comedy, Romance, Action, Adventure)
(Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi)
|1980||Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Series||Taxi (1978)|
|1981||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series||Taxi (1978)|
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