Danny DeVito

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Real Name: Daniel Michael DeVito Jr.
Birth Place: Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Birth Date: November 17, 1944
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director

Danny DeVito 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 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 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'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.

Danny DeVito Movies / TV-Shows

The 71st Annual Tony Awards (2017)
Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? (2016)
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories (2016)
Curmudgeons (2016)
Always in the Present (2015)
Manhunt (2014)
St. Sebastian (2014)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Salinger (2013)
Hotel Noir (2012)
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012)
SXSW Flashback 2011 (2011)
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
The True Story of WrestleMania (2011)
Girl Walks Into a Bar (2011)
I Am (2010)
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards (2010)
Solitary Man: Alone in a Crowd (2010)
When in Rome (2010)
The Talk (2010)
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010)
Inside the Actor's Workshop (2010)
I'm Still Here (2010)
House Broken (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
Plymouth Rock Studios: The Series (2009)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia A Very Sunny Christmas (2009)
Solitary Man (2009)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sunny Side Up (2008)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3: Sunny Side Up (2008)
Just Add Water (2008)
Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008)
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
Movies Rock (2007)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Making of Season 1 & 2 (2007)
Freedom Writers (2007)
Deck the Halls (2006)
The Oh in Ohio (2006)
10 Items or Less (2006)
Rachael Ray (2006)
George Clooney: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2006)
Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology (2006)
Relative Strangers (2006)
Even Money (2006)
My Girlfriend's Abroad (2006)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
Queen B (2005)
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Be Cool (2005)
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004)
Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits (2004)
Father of the Pride (2004)
Christmas in Love (2004)
Garden State (2004)
Along Came Polly (2004)
Camp (2003)
Anything Else (2003)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003)
Other People's Business (2003)
Karen Sisco (2003)
Big Fish (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
Sunday Morning Shootout (2003)
Duplex (2003)
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years (2002)
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
The Caveman's Valentine (2001)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon (2001)
How High (2001)
Heist (2001)
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
Drowning Mona (2000)
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Screwed (2000)
Man on the Moon (1999)
Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999)
The Big Kahuna (1999)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Living Out Loud (1998)
The Pentagon Wars (1998)
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All (1998)
Out of Sight (1998)
The View (1997)
Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997)
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero (1997)
Hercules (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
The Rainmaker (1997)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1996)
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards (1996)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos (1996)
Space Jam (1996)
Matilda (1996)
The Daily Show (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Feeling Minnesota (1996)
Sunset Park (1996)
The 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (1995)
Get Shorty (1995)
Felony (1995)
Little Red Riding Hood (1995)
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Junior (1994)
8 Seconds (1994)
Renaissance Man (1994)
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994)
The Best of Taxi (1994)
Reality Bites (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Jack the Bear (1993)
Rock the Vote (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
Hoffa (1992)
The 'Weird Al' Yankovic Video Library: His Greatest Hits (1992)
Batman Returns (1992)
Other People's Money (1991)
Money (1991)
Sing Yourself Silly! (1990)
The 1st Annual American Teacher Awards (1990)
Two Daddies? (1989)
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1989)
The Simpsons (1989)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Sesame Street, Special (1988)
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1988)
The 40th Annual Emmy Awards (1988)
Twins (1988)
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
The 39th Annual Emmy Awards (1987)
Tin Men (1987)
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards (1987)
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards (1987)
My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)
Wise Guys (1986)
Ruthless People (1986)
The National Association of Theater Owners Awards (1985)
Amazing Stories (1985)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Head Office (1985)
The Ratings Game (1984)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
The 36th Annual Emmy Awards (1984)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Likely Stories, Vol. 4 (1983)
The 34th Annual Emmy Awards (1982)
The 6th People's Choice Awards (1980)
The Gong Show Movie (1980)
Valentine (1979)
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards (1979)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Swap Meet (1979)
Goin' South (1978)
Taxi (1978)
The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
The Van (1977)
Selling of Vince D'Angelo (1976)
Car Wash (1976)
The Money (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Starsky and Hutch (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Police Woman (1974)
Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 (1973)
Scalawag (1973)
La mortadella (1971)
Bananas (1971)
Dreams of Glass (1970)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

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