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Danny DeVito is an American actor, comedian, director and producer, who is more famously known for his portrayal of taxi dispatcher ‘Louie De Palma’ in the series ‘Taxi’

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 17, 1944
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors, Directors, Comedians
City/StateNew Jersey
SpousesRhea Perlman
SiblingsAngela DeVito
Known asDaniel Michael DeVito Jr.
Childrens Lucy DeVito
Universities
  • Oratory Prep School
  • Summit
  • NJ
  • Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Wilifred Academy of Hair and Beauty
Birth PlaceNeptune Township
ReligionRoman Catholic
Height147cm
GenderMale
FatherDaniel Michael DeVito, Sr
MotherJulia Devito
Net Worth$80 million as of Dec 19,2016
Sun SignScorpio
Born inNeptune Township

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Who is Danny DeVito?

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 he was growing up but he proved his mettle with his innate talent and passion for acting. He started out by doing off-Broadway musicals and later on landed 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 sweetheart on American television and soon it landed him roles in Hollywood movies. He has always been admired for his comic timing and charming humor but he did not restrict himself to only that and experimented with serious cinema 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.

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Childhood & Early Life

Danny DeVito was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey to Julian and Daniel DeVito. His father was a small business owner whose various ventures included a dry cleaners, luncheonette, etc. and his mother was a homemaker.

He attended the boarding school on his own request to his father and went to the Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, New Jersey, after which he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated in 1966.

Career

Right after graduating, DeVito worked at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and after seeing an advertisement for Hollywood auditions for a movie version of ‘In Cold Blood’, he tried for the audition.

DeVito did not get the part in the movie and started working as a car parker, to earn his living but soon he moved back to New York, where he got parts to play in several off-Broadway plays.

In 1971, DeVito landed the role of ‘Martini’ in the production of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’. Four years later Michael Douglas produced its film version and asked him to revive his stage role.

DeVito auditioned for a new NBC series ‘Taxi’ in 1978 and he landed the part of the endearingly oppressive cab dispatcher ‘Louie DePalma’. The show ran for five years and he won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor.

After ‘Taxi’ was taken off air, DeVito’s Hollywood career started with ‘Terms of Endearment’ in 1983. The movie won 5 Academy awards and starred actors like Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, etc.

Now that his Hollywood career had kick started, DeVito landed with another successful venture, ‘Romancing the Stone’ in 1984, an action-adventure romantic comedy starring his friend Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

In the following year, ‘Romancing the stones’ sequel came out, ‘The Jewel of the Nile’ in which all the actors reprised their roles. The movie turned out to be a commercial hit but failed to impress the critics.

In 1987, DeVito released his first directorial venture, ‘Throw Momma from the Train’, a dark comedy in which he acted as well, along with actors like Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner. It was inspired by Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train’.

DeVito again united with Michael Douglas in his next directorial venture, ‘The War of the Roses’ in 1989, which was another black comedy. The movie is based on a novel with the same title, by Warren Adler.

In the effort of changing his image from a comedy actor to a serious actor, he starred in movies like, ‘The Rainmaker (1997)’, ‘Hoffa (1992)––a biographical film that he directed and acted along with Jack Nicholson, ‘Heist (2001)’, etc.

In 2002-2003, DeVito directed two movies, ‘Death to Smoochy (2002)’ starring Robin Williams and Edward Norton, and ‘Duplex (2003)’ starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. Both the movies are black comedies, a genre close to DeVito.

As DeVito’s interest in documentaries was always quite profuse, he got into a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ‘ ClickStar’ in 2006, which gave him an opportunity to host a documentary channel called ‘Jersey Docs’.

In 2012, he debuted with the West End in a play by Neil Simpson, ‘The Sunshine Boys’. He acted in the play along with Richard Griffiths. It previewed at the Savoy Theatre for a 12-week season.

Major Works

The Portrayal of a despotic and yet an endearing taxi driver ‘Louie De Palma’ in the series ‘Taxi’ in 1978, made DeVito what he is today. It gave him the popularity, which was essential for him to get into films.

Awards & Achievements

DeVito received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his rich contribution in television in 2011.

Personal Life & Legacy

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 together––Lucy, Grace and Jacob.

Trivia

It was said that in 2012, DeVito got separated from his wife after 30 years of marriage but in the following year it was publicized that they have reconciled and are living together again.

DeVito is a vegetarian and an animal lover, to an extent that once at the sets of ‘Taxi’ he refused to kill cockroaches.

When DeVito had not joined the acting academy, he joined her sister at her salon and worked as a hairdresser for some time.

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Danny DeVito awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1980Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Television SeriesTaxi (1978)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1981Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesTaxi (1978)

Danny DeVito biography timelines

  • // 17th Nov 1944
    Danny DeVito was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey to Julian and Daniel DeVito. His father was a small business owner whose various ventures included a dry cleaners, luncheonette, etc. and his mother was a homemaker.
  • // 1966
    He attended the boarding school on his own request to his father and went to the Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, New Jersey, after which he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated in 1966.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, DeVito landed the role of ‘Martini’ in the production of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’. Four years later Michael Douglas produced its film version and asked him to revive his stage role.
  • // 1978
    DeVito auditioned for a new NBC series ‘Taxi’ in 1978 and he landed the part of the endearingly oppressive cab dispatcher ‘Louie DePalma’. The show ran for five years and he won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor.
  • // 1982
    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 together––Lucy, Grace and Jacob.
  • // 1983
    After ‘Taxi’ was taken off air, DeVito’s Hollywood career started with ‘Terms of Endearment’ in 1983. The movie won 5 Academy awards and starred actors like Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, etc.
  • // 1984
    Now that his Hollywood career had kick started, DeVito landed with another successful venture, ‘Romancing the Stone’ in 1984, an action-adventure romantic comedy starring his friend Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, DeVito released his first directorial venture, ‘Throw Momma from the Train’, a dark comedy in which he acted as well, along with actors like Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner. It was inspired by Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train’.
  • // 1989
    DeVito again united with Michael Douglas in his next directorial venture, ‘The War of the Roses’ in 1989, which was another black comedy. The movie is based on a novel with the same title, by Warren Adler.
  • // 2002 To 2003
    In 2002-2003, DeVito directed two movies, ‘Death to Smoochy (2002)’ starring Robin Williams and Edward Norton, and ‘Duplex (2003)’ starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. Both the movies are black comedies, a genre close to DeVito.
  • // 2006
    As DeVito’s interest in documentaries was always quite profuse, he got into a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ‘ ClickStar’ in 2006, which gave him an opportunity to host a documentary channel called ‘Jersey Docs’.
  • // 2011
    DeVito received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his rich contribution in television in 2011.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he debuted with the West End in a play by Neil Simpson, ‘The Sunshine Boys’. He acted in the play along with Richard Griffiths. It previewed at the Savoy Theatre for a 12-week season.

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Danny DeVito's FAQ

  • What is Danny DeVito birthday?

    Danny DeVito was born at 1944-11-17

  • Where is Danny DeVito's birth place?

    Danny DeVito was born in Neptune Township

  • What is Danny DeVito nationalities?

    Danny DeVito's nationalities is American

  • Who is Danny DeVito spouses?

    Danny DeVito's spouses is Rhea Perlman

  • Who is Danny DeVito siblings?

    Danny DeVito's siblings is Angela DeVito

  • Who is Danny DeVito childrens?

    Danny DeVito's childrens is Lucy DeVito

  • What was Danny DeVito universities?

    Danny DeVito studied at Oratory Prep School, Summit, NJ, Academy of Dramatic Arts, Wilifred Academy of Hair and Beauty

  • What is Danny DeVito's religion?

    Danny DeVito's religion is Roman Catholic

  • How tall is Danny DeVito?

    Danny DeVito's height is 147

  • Who is Danny DeVito's father?

    Danny DeVito's father is Daniel Michael DeVito, Sr

  • Who is Danny DeVito's mother?

    Danny DeVito's mother is Julia Devito

  • What is Danny DeVito's sun sign?

    Danny DeVito is Scorpio