Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of short statured dispatcher Louie De Palma on the ABC and NBC television series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won a Golden Globeand an Emmy.
DeVito co-founded Jersey Films with Michael Shamberg. Soon afterwards, Stacey Sher became an equal partner. The production company is known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers. DeVito also owns Jersey Television, which produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. DeVito and Perlman also starred together in his 1996 film Matilda, based on Roald Dahl's children's novel. He currently stars as Frank Reynoldson the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
DeVito was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, the son of Julia, a homemaker, and Dy DeVito Biography - Yahoo! Movies |publisher=Movies.yahoo.com |date=1944-11-17 |accessdate=2010-02-10}}</ref> DeVito grew up in a family of five, with his parents and two older sisters. DeVito is of Italian descent (his family is originally from San Fele, Basilicata) and grew up in Asbury Park. He boarded at Oratory Preparatory School, in Summit, New Jersey, and graduated in 1962. DeVito went to the boarding school at the age of 14, after he persuaded his father to send him there as it would keep him out of trouble. After leaving the boarding school he subsequently trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1966. In his early theater days, he performed with the Colonnades Theater Lab, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and, along with his wife Rhea Perlman, appeared in plays produced by the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective.
Film acting career
DeVito played Martini in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, reprising his role from the 1971 off-Broadway play of the same name. He gained fame in 1978 playing Louie De Palma, the short but domineering dispatcher for the fictional Sunshine Cab Company, on the hit TV show Taxi. After Taxi ended, DeVito began a successful film career, starting with roles in 1983's Terms of Endearment, was also in the infidel 2010 , and as the comic rogue in the romantic adventure Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and its 1985 sequel, The Jewel of the Nile. In 1986, DeVito starred in Ruthless People with Bette Midler and Judge Reinhold, and in 1987, he made his feature-directing debut with the dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, in which he starred with Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey. Two years later, DeVito reunited with Douglas and Turner in The War of the Roses, which he directed and in which he co-starred.
DeVito's work during this time includes Other People's Money with Gregory Peck, director Barry Levinson's Tin Men as a competitive rival salesman to Richard Dreyfuss' character, two co-starring vehicles with Arnold Schwarzenegger (the comedies Twins and Junior), and playing The Penguin as a deformed sociopath in director Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992).
Although generally a comic actor, DeVito expanded into dramatic roles with The Rainmaker, Hoffa (1992), which he directed and in which he co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Jack the Bear (1993), L.A. Confidential, The Big Kahuna, and Heist (2001), as a gangster nemesis to Gene Hackman's character.
DeVito has an interest in documentaries: In 2006, he began a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ClickStar, on which he hosts a documentary channel called Jersey Docs. He was also interviewed in the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car, about his interest in and ownership of electric vehicles.
In April 2012, DeVito made his West End acting debut in a revival of the Neil Simon play The Sunshine Boys - alongside Olivier Award-winning actorRichard Griffiths. The play previewed at the Savoy Theatre from 27 April 2012, opened on 17 May and played a limited 12-week season until 28 July.
DeVito has become a major film and television producer. Through Jersey Films, he has produced many films, including Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Erin Brockovich (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture), Gattaca, and Garden State.
In 1999, DeVito produced and co-starred in Man on the Moon, a film about the unusual life of his former Taxi co-star, Andy Kaufman, who was played in the film by Jim Carrey. DeVito also produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!, as well as the film spin off Reno 911!: Miami.
DeVito has directed the following motion pictures:
- Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
- The War of the Roses (1989)
- Hoffa (1992)
- Matilda (1996)
- Death to Smoochy (2002)
- Duplex (2003)
The War of the Roses was a commercial and critical success, as was Matilda. However, Death to Smoochy and Duplex were not as successful. DeVito has also finished production on an untitled "apocalyptic thriller".
DeVito has cast certain actors in more than one of the films he has directed.
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Television and voice-over work
In 1977, DeVito played the role of John "the apple" in the Starsky and Hutch episode titled "The Collector." In 1986, DeVito directed and starred in an episode ofSteven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. In the black comedy episode from season two, titled "The Wedding Ring", DeVito acquires an engagement ring for his wife (played by his real-life wife, actress Rhea Perlman). When the ring is slipped on his wife's finger, she becomes possessed by the ring's former owner, a murderous black widow.
In addition to his Taxi work, DeVito voiced Herb Powell, Homer Simpson's half-brother, on two episodes of The Simpsons. In 1997, he was the voice of thesatyr Philoctetes in the film Hercules and most recently voicing the Lorax in the 2012 remake of Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax"
In 1999, DeVito hosted the last Saturday Night Live episode before the year 2000. He earned a 2004 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for an episode of Friends, following four Emmy nominations (including a 1981 win) for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, for Taxi. In 2006, DeVito joined the cast of the FX Networks television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Frank Reynolds.
DeVito met actress Rhea Perlman on January 17, 1971, when she went to see a friend in the single performance of the play The Shrinking Bride, which also featured DeVito. They moved in together two weeks after meeting. The couple married on January 28, 1982. They have three children: Lucy Chet DeVito (born March 11, 1983), Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985), and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987). Throughout their relationship, Perlman and DeVito have acted alongside each other several times, including in the TV show Taxi and the feature film Matilda. DeVito and Perlman separated in October 2012 after 30 years of marriage and over 40 years together. However, in March 2013, it was reported that they had reconciled and called off the separation. The family resides in Beverly Hills, California, and also spend time at their vacation home in Interlaken, New Jersey.
DeVito is a Democrat, and a supporter of the OneVoice Movement, a nonprofit organization that strives to help moderate Israelis and Palestiniansto take a more assertive role in resolving the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. He and Perlman are also members of the steering committee of the Friends of the Apollo, supporting a theater in Oberlin, Ohio, as is filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
|1972||Lady Liberty||Fred Mancuso||Released in 1971 in Italy.|
|Hot Dogs for Gauguin||Adrian|
|1973||Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30||Petey|
|1975||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Martini|
|1976||Car Wash||Joe||Scenes cut from theatrical print|
|1981||Going Ape!||Lazlo||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|1983||Terms of Endearment||Vernon Dahlart|
|1984||Romancing the Stone||Ralph|
|The Ratings Game||Vic De Salvo||Showtime directing debut|
|1985||The Jewel of the Nile||Ralph||Also featured in music video of film's theme tune 'When the going gets tough' with Billy Ocean|
|Head Office||Frank Steadman|
|1986||Wise Guys||Harry Valentini|
|Ruthless People||Sam Stone||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|My Little Pony: The Movie||The Grundle King||Voice only|
|1987||Throw Momma from the Train||Owen Lift||Director|
|Tin Men||Ernest Tilley|
|1989||The War of the Roses||Gavin D'Amato||Director|
|1991||Other People's Money||Larry Garfield|
|1992||Batman Returns||The Penguin||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Hoffa||Bobby Ciaro||Producer, Director|
|1993||Jack the Bear||John Leary|
|Last Action Hero||Whiskers||Voice only
|Look Who's Talking Now||Rox||Voice only|
|Junior||Dr. Larry Arbogast|
|Pulp Fiction||Executive producer|
|Renaissance Man||Bill Rago|
|1995||Get Shorty||Martin Weir||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1996||Mars Attacks!||Rude gambler|
|Matilda||Harry Wormwood||Director, producer, narrator|
|Space Jam||Mr. Swackhammer||Voice only|
|1997||The Rainmaker||Deck Shifflet||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture|
|L.A. Confidential||Sid Hudgens||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1998||Living Out Loud||Pat Francato||Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor|
|1999||The Big Kahuna||Phil Cooper|
|Man on the Moon||George Shapiro||Producer|
|The Virgin Suicides||Dr. Hornicker|
|2000||Drowning Mona||Wyatt Rash|
|What's the Worst That Could Happen?||Max Fairbanks|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Mini Me||Cameo in Austinpussy|
|Death to Smoochy||Burke Bennet||Director|
|2003||Anything Else||Harvey Wexler|
|Big Fish||Amos Calloway|
|Duplex||Director and narrator|
|2004||Christmas in Love||Brad LaGuardia|
|Friends||Officer Roy Goodbody||Guest Actor|
|2005||Be Cool||Martin Weir|
|Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School||Booth|
|2006–Present||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Frank Reynolds||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical|
|2006||Relative Strangers||Frank Menure|
|The Oh in Ohio||Wayne|
|Deck the Halls||Buddy Hall||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|Mojo (2006 music video)||Unnamed|
|2007||The Good Night||Mel|
|Reno 911!: Miami||District Attorney||Producer|
|Just Add Water||Merl|
|2009||House Broken||Tom Smoky Cathkart|
|2010||When in Rome||Al|
|2011||Girl Walks Into a Bar||Aldo|
|2012||The Lorax||The Lorax||Voice only|
|Hotel Noir||Eugene Portland|