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Danny DeVito

DeVito attending the Beverly Hills Film Festival on April 9, 2008
Born Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr.
November 17, 1944 (1944-11-17) (age 65)
Neptune, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Rhea Perlman
(1982–present)
3 children

Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, director and producer, who first gained prominence for his portrayal of "Louie De Palma" on the ABC and NBC TV series Taxi (1978–1983). DeVito and his wife, Rhea Perlman, founded Jersey Films, a production company known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers. He also owns Jersey Television, which produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. DeVito currently stars as Frank Reynolds on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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Early life

DeVito was born in Neptune, New Jersey, the son of Julia, a homemaker, and Daniel Michael DeVito, Sr., who owned several small businesses, including a dry cleaning store, a dairy outlet, a luncheonette, and a pool hall.[1][2] DeVito is of Italian descent and was raised a Roman Catholic,[3] growing up in Asbury Park.[4] He boarded at Oratory Preparatory School, in Summit, New Jersey, graduating in 1961. DeVito trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he graduated in 1966.

Actor

DeVito played Martini in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, reprising his role from the 1971 off-Broadway play. DeVito gained fame in 1978 on the hit TV show Taxi as Louie De Palma, the dispatcher for the fictional Sunshine Cab Company. After Taxi ended, DeVito continued what became a successful movie career, beginning with a role in 1983's Terms of Endearment and the comic rogue in the romantic adventure Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. All three reprised their roles in the 1985 sequel, The Jewel of the Nile. In 1986, he was in Ruthless People with Bette Midler and Judge Reinhold. In 1987, DeVito made his feature directing debut on dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, in which he additionally starred, opposite Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey. Two years later DeVito reunited with Douglas and Turner to direct and star with them in The War of the Roses.

Movie poster for Batman Returns (1992) featuring Danny DeVito as the Penguin

Other notable work during this time includes Other People's Money with legend Gregory Peck, director Barry Levinson's Tin Men as a competitive rival salesman to Richard Dreyfuss's character, two co-starring vehicles with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the comedies Twins and Junior, and the villain The Penguin in director Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992). It is said that Jack Nicholson convinced DeVito to play The Penguin[5] since Nicholson enjoyed great success as The Joker in the original Batman from 1989. Rather than portraying the villain as a suave and sophisticated gangster as he was in the comics, DeVito portrayed him as a deformed psychopath.

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, L.A. Confidential, The Big Kahuna and Heist (2001), as a gangster nemesis to Gene Hackman.

DeVito has a passion for documentaries. In 2006, he began a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ClickStar, on which he hosts a documentary channel called Jersey Docs.

Since 2006, DeVito has joined as a cast member on the FX Networks television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, portraying Frank Reynolds.

Producer

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 movie about the unusual life of his former Taxi co-star, Andy Kaufman.

DeVito produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911! as well as the movie spin off Reno 911!: Miami.

Director

DeVito has directed six motion pictures:

His films often have a bizarre, neo-surrealistic sensibility and gallows humor, though this was absent in the straightforward Hoffa biopic. This approach served him well at times, especially in The War of the Roses which was a commercial and critical success, as well as Matilda where it matched the style of Roald Dahl's witty story of a young girl and a strict teacher; however his last two films have not been nearly as successful.[6]

Television and voice over work

In addition to his Taxi work, DeVito has voiced Herb Powell, Homer Simpson's half-brother, on two episodes of The Simpsons. In 1997, he was the voice of the goatman named Philoctetes from the 1997 film Hercules.

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, 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.

Personal life

DeVito married actress Rhea Perlman in 1982. They have three children: Lucy Chet DeVito (born March 1983), Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985) and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987). The family lives in Beverly Hills, California, and has a vacation home in Interlaken, New Jersey.[7] He is an outspoken Democrat, and a supporter of the OneVoice Movement, a non-profit organization that strives to help moderate Israelis and Palestinians to take a more assertive role in resolving the conflict. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Friends of the Apollo, along with his wife, and filmmaker Jonathan Demme.[8]

DeVito has part of his family living in New Canaan, Connecticut.[citation needed] He co-owns a restaurant called DeVito South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. His daughter Lucy starred as Anne Frank in a production of Anne Frank at the INTIMAN Theatre in Seattle, Washington, in 2008.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1971 Lady Liberty Fred Mancuso
1973 Hurry Up, Or I'll Be 30 Petey Also known as I Am Waiting No More
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Martini
1978 Goin' South Hog, Moon's Old Gang
1981 Going Ape! Lazlo
1983 Terms of Endearment Vernon Dahlart
1984 Romancing the Stone Ralph
The Ratings Game Vic De Salvo Showtime Directing debut
Johnny Dangerously Burr
1985 The Jewel of the Nile Ralph
Head Office
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
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Owen Lift Director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Tin Men Ernest Tilley
1988 Twins Vincent Benedict
1989 The War of the Roses Gavin D'Amato Director
Nominated — Golden Bear
1991 Other People's Money Larry Garfield
1992 Batman Returns The Penguin Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hoffa Bobby Ciaro Producer, Director
Nominated — Golden Bear
1993 Jack the Bear John Leary
Last Action Hero Whiskers Voice, Uncredited
Look Who's Talking Now Rox Voice
1994 Reality Bites N/A Producer
Junior Dr. Larry Arbogast
Pulp Fiction N/A 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
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Space Jam Mr. Swackhammer Voice
1997 The Rainmaker Deck Shifflet Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Gattaca N/A Producer
Hercules Philoctetes Voice
L.A. Confidential Sid Hudgens Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Living Out Loud 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
Erin Brockovich N/A Producer
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Picture
How High N/A Producer
Screwed Grover Cleaver
2001 Heist Bergman
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Max Fairbanks
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Mini-Me Cameo in film "Austinpussy"
Death to Smoochy Burke Bennet Director
2003 Anything Else Harvey Wexler
Big Fish Amos Calloway
Camp N/A Producer
Duplex N/A Director and Narrator (aka Our House in UK)
2004 Christmas in Love Brad LaGuardia
Garden State N/A Producer
2005 Be Cool Martin Weir
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Booth
2006 Relative Strangers Frank Menure
Even Money Walter
The Oh in Ohio Wayne
Deck the Halls Buddy Hall
2007 The Good Night Mel
Reno 911!: Miami District Attorney Also producer
Just Add Water Merl
Nobel Son Gastner
2009 No Place Like Home Cathkart
Solitary Man Jimmy
2010 When in Rome Al Russo

References

  1. ^ "Danny DeVito Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1944-11-17. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800019132/bio. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Danny DeVito Biography (1944-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/91/Danny-DeVito.html. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito". Reel.com. http://reel.com/reel.asp?node=features/interviews/kahuna. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ Shaw, David. "DeVito! Although He Has a Penchant for Dark Comedies, Actor-Director Danny DeVito Is Serious About His Craft, His Family and His Cigars", Cigar Aficionado profile, accessed May 2, 2007. "Danny DeVito was born in 1944 in the shore town of Neptune, New Jersey—hence the name of his production company—and raised in neighboring Asbury Park, the youngest of five children (two of whom died before he was born)."
  5. ^ "The Penguin (Danny DeVito)". Batman.wikia.com. 2010-02-01. http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Penguin_%28Danny_DeVito%29. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Danny DeVito Movie Box Office Results". Boxofficemojo.com. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Director&id=dannydevito.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Monmouth County, New Jersey Tax Assessor's Office property record for Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman". Tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us. http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin/m4.cgi?&district=1322&block=13&lot=16&qual=. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Friends of the Apollo". Oberlin College. http://new.oberlin.edu/apollo/friends.dot. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 

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Danny DeVito
File:Danny DeVito by Gage
DeVito at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Born Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr.
November 17, 1944 (1944-11-17) (age 66)
Neptune, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse Rhea Perlman
(1982–present)
3 children

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 Louie De Palma on the ABC and NBC TV series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

DeVito and his wife, Rhea Perlman, founded Jersey Films, a production company 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 Reynolds on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Contents

Early life

DeVito was born in Neptune, New Jersey, the son of Julia, a homemaker, and Daniel Michael DeVito, Sr., who owned several small businesses, including a dry cleaning store, a dairy outlet, a luncheonette, and a pool hall.[1][2] DeVito is of Italian descent and was raised a Roman Catholic,[3] growing up in Asbury Park.[4] He boarded at Oratory Preparatory School, in Summit, New Jersey, graduating in 1962, and subsequently trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1966.

Film acting career

DeVito played Martini in the 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 for playing Louie De Palma, the dispatcher for the fictional Sunshine Cab Company, on the hit TV show Taxi. After Taxi ended, DeVito began what became a successful movie career, starting with roles in 1983's Terms of Endearment, and as the comic rogue in the romantic adventure Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. All three actors reprised their roles in the 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 opposite Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey. Two years later, DeVito reunited with Douglas and Turner in The War of the Roses, which he directed and co-starred in.

(1992), featuring DeVito as the Penguin]] DeVito's other notable 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 villain The Penguin in director Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992). It is said that Jack Nicholson convinced DeVito to play the Penguin,[5] after Nicholson enjoyed great success as The Joker in the original Batman from 1989. Rather than portraying the villain as a suave and sophisticated gangster, as he was in the comics, DeVito played him as a deformed psychopath.

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, L.A. Confidential, The Big Kahuna, and Heist (2001), as a gangster nemesis to Gene Hackman's character.

DeVito has a passion for documentaries: In 2006, he began a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ClickStar, on which he hosts a documentary channel called Jersey Docs.

Producing

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 movie about the unusual life of his former Taxi co-star, Andy Kaufman. DeVito also produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!, as well as the movie spin off Reno 911!: Miami.

Directing

DeVito has directed the following motion pictures:

His films often have a bizarre, neo-surrealistic sensibility and gallows humor, though these elements were absent in the straightforward Hoffa biopic. The approach served him well at times, especially in The War of the Roses, a commercial and critical success, as well as Matilda, where it matched the style of Roald Dahl's story of a young girl and a strict teacher; however, his last two films, Death to Smoochy and Duplex, have not been as successful.[6]

Television and voice over work

In 1986, DeVito directed and starred in an episode of Steven 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 the goatman Philoctetes in the film Hercules.

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.

Personal life

DeVito married actress Rhea Perlman in 1982. They have three children: Lucy Chet DeVito (born March 1983), Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985) and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987). The family lives in Beverly Hills, California, and has a vacation home in Interlaken, New Jersey.[7] His daughter Lucy starred as Anne Frank in a production of Anne Frank at the INTIMAN Theatre in Seattle, Washington, in 2008.

DeVito is an outspoken Democrat, and a supporter of the OneVoice Movement, a non-profit organization that strives to help moderate Israelis and Palestinians to take a more assertive role in resolving their conflict. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Friends of the Apollo, along with his wife, and filmmaker Jonathan Demme.[8]

DeVito co-owns a restaurant called DeVito South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1971 Lady Liberty Fred Mancuso
1973 Hurry Up, Or I'll Be 30 Petey Also known as I Am Waiting No More
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Martini
1978 Goin' South Hog, Moon's Old Gang
1981 Going Ape! Lazlo
1983 Terms of Endearment Vernon Dahlart
1984 Romancing the Stone Ralph
The Ratings Game Vic De Salvo Showtime Directing debut
Johnny Dangerously Burr
1985 The Jewel of the Nile Ralph
Head Office
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
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Owen Lift Director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Tin Men Ernest Tilley
1988 Twins Vincent Benedict
1989 The War of the Roses Gavin D'Amato Director
Nominated — Golden Bear
1991 Other People's Money Larry Garfield
1992 Batman Returns The Penguin Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hoffa Bobby Ciaro Producer, Director
Nominated — Golden Bear
1993 Jack the Bear John Leary
Last Action Hero Whiskers Voice, Uncredited
Look Who's Talking Now Rox Voice
1994 Reality Bites N/A Producer
Junior Dr. Larry Arbogast
Pulp Fiction N/A 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
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Space Jam Mr. Swackhammer Voice
1997 The Rainmaker Deck Shifflet Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Gattaca N/A Producer
Hercules Philoctetes Voice
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
Erin Brockovich N/A Producer
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Picture
How High N/A Producer
Screwed Grover Cleaver
2001 Heist Bergman
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Max Fairbanks
2002 Austin Powers Cameo in film "Austinpussy"
Death to Smoochy Burke Bennet Director
2003 Anything Else Harvey Wexler
Big Fish Amos Calloway
Camp N/A Producer
Duplex N/A Director and Narrator (aka Our House in UK)
2004 Christmas in Love Brad LaGuardia
Garden State N/A Producer
2005 Be Cool Martin Weir
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Booth
2006 Relative Strangers Frank Menure
Even Money Walter
The Oh in Ohio Wayne
Deck the Halls Buddy Hall
2007 The Good Night Mel
Reno 911!: Miami District Attorney Also producer
Just Add Water Merl
Nobel Son Gastner
2009 No Place Like Home Cathkart
Solitary Man Jimmy
2010 When in Rome Al
Girl Walks Into a Bar post-production

References

  1. ^ "Danny DeVito Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1944-11-17. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800019132/bio. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Danny DeVito Biography (1944-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/91/Danny-DeVito.html. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito". Reel.com. http://reel.com/reel.asp?node=features/interviews/kahuna. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ Shaw, David. "DeVito! Although He Has a Penchant for Dark Comedies, Actor-Director Danny DeVito Is Serious About His Craft, His Family and His Cigars", Cigar Aficionado profile, accessed May 2, 2007. "Danny DeVito was born in 1944 in the shore town of Neptune, New Jersey—hence the name of his production company—and raised in neighboring Asbury Park, the youngest of five children (two of whom died before he was born)."
  5. ^ "The Penguin (Danny DeVito)". Batman.wikia.com. 2010-02-01. http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Penguin_%28Danny_DeVito%29. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Danny DeVito Movie Box Office Results". Boxofficemojo.com. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Director&id=dannydevito.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Monmouth County, New Jersey Tax Assessor's Office property record for Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman". Tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us. http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin/m4.cgi?&district=1322&block=13&lot=16&qual=. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Friends of the Apollo". Oberlin College. http://new.oberlin.edu/apollo/friends.dot. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 

External links


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Danny DeVito
File:Danny DeVito by Gage
DeVito at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Born Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr.
November 17, 1944
Neptune, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse Rhea Perlman
(1982–present)
3 children

Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, comedian, director, and producer. He has starred in and directed a number of motion pictures.








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