Italian-American actor Danny DeVito was born on November 17, 1944 in Neptune, New Jersey. After stints in theater, he made his first film appearance in 1973. His first major role, however, was in the 1975 film based on Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, where he played the role of Martini, the same role he played in the 1971 off-Broadway production. He rose to prominence, however, in 1978, when he played taxi company dispatcher Louie de Palma in the sitcom Taxi. His character—amoral to the point of positively reveling in his misdeeds—introduced audiences to his bizarre brand of humor, and started a successful movie career. It also earned him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 1980, and an Emmy in the same capacity in 1981.
He started with a walk-on role in 1983’s Terms of Endearment, and later appeared in films such as Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, and Ruthless People. He made his directorial debut in the 1987 dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, where he also starred alongside Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey. He also appeared in films such as The War of the Roses, which he directed; Other People’s Money; Tin Men; Twins; and as the Penguin in Tim Burton’s 1992 film Batman Returns.
DeVito has also dabbled in drama, appearing in films such as Renaissance Man, The Rainmaker, Hoffa, L.A. Confidential and Heist. At this time, DeVito also ventured in producing films and television programs, having worked for movies such as Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Gattaca, Garden State, Man on the Moon, and the Oscar-winning Erin Brockovich. He was also producer of the comedy series Reno 911!
DeVito further developed his career when he worked on an episode of The Simpsons, and got more acclaim for his Emmy-nominated guest role in Friends. He later landed a part in the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where he plays businessman Frank Reynolds. In 2008, he signed on to portray characters in House Broken, When in Rome, and Solitary Man.
- He is a vegetarian.
- He is a frequent smoker.
- He used to be a qualified stylist and hairdresser before breaking through as an actor.
- In 1966, he graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).
- He married Rhea Perlman on January 28, 1982. They have three children together.
- He is the co-owner of DeVito South Beach, located in Miami, Florida.
2010: Golden Camera for Lifetime Achievement
2007: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema
2007: TV Land Awards - Medallion Award for: "Taxi". Shared.
2004: TV Land Awards - Bossiest Boss for: "Taxi"
1997: Oulu International Children's Film Festival - Starboy Award for: Matilda
1996: Cinekid - Audience Award for: Matilda
1989: ShoWest Award - Male Star of the Year
1981: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series for: "Taxi"
1980: Golden Globe Awards - Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role for: "Taxi"
2011: Girl Walks Into a Bar
2006-2010: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV series) - Frank Reynolds
2010: Inside the Actor's Workshop (video short)
2010: When in Rome - Al Russo
2009: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (video) - Frank Reynolds
2009: Solitary Man - Jimmy Merino
2009: House Broken - Cathkart
2008: Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (TV movie) - Cab Driver/Narrator (voice)
2008: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3: Meet the McPoyles (video short) - Frank Reynolds
2008: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3: Sunny Side Up (video short) - Frank Reynolds
2008: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sunny Side Up (video short) - Frank Reynolds
2008: Just Add Water - Merl Striker
2007: Nobel Son - George Gastner
2007: Reno 911!: Miami - District Attorney
2007: The Good Night - Mel
2006: Deck the Halls - Buddy Hall
2006: 10 Items or Less - Big D
2006: Relative Strangers - Frank Menure
2006: My Girlfriend's Abroad - Uncle Rick
2006: Even Money - Walter
2006: The Oh in Ohio - Wayne the Pool Guy
2005: Be Cool - Martin Weir
2005: Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School - Booth
2004: Christmas in Love - Brad
2004: Catching Kringle (short) - General Needham (voice)
2004: Father of the Pride (TV series) - Emerson
2004: Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits (video) (segment "Victory")
2004: Friends (TV series) - Roy, the Stripper
2004: Family of the Year
2003: Big Fish - Amos Calloway
2003: Karen Sisco (TV series) - Charlie Lucre
2003: Duplex - Narrator (voice)
2003: Anything Else - Harvey Wexler
2002: Ed (TV series) - Dr. Jack Carmichael
2002: Austin Powers in Goldmember - Danny DeVito/Famous Mini Me ('Austinpussy")
2002: Death to Smoochy - Burke Bennett
2001: Heist - Mickey Bergman
2001: What's the Worst That Could Happen? - Max Fairbanks
2000: Screwed - Grover Cleaver
2000: Drowning Mona - Chief Wyatt Rash
2000: Biography (TV series documentary) - Narrator
1999: Man on the Moon - George Shapiro
1999: The Big Kahuna - Phil Cooper
1999: The Virgin Suicides - Dr. Horniker
1998: Living Out Loud - Pat Francato
1997: The Rainmaker - Deck Shifflet
1997: Hercules - Philoctetes (voice)
1997: L.A. Confidential - Sid Hudgens
1997: Pearl (TV series) - Dean Martin
1997: Hercules (Video Game) - Philoctetes (voice)
1997: Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero (video) - Philoctetes (voice)
1996: Mars Attacks! - Rude Gambler
1996: Space Jam - Swackhammer (voice)
1996: Matilda - Harry Wormwood/Narrator
1995: Little Red Riding Hood (TV series) - Wolfie (1995) (voice)
1995: Get Shorty - Martin Weir
1994: Junior - Dr. Larry Arbogast
1994: Felony - Featured Extra
1994: Renaissance Man - Bill Rago
1994: All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (TV movie) - Worm TV Host
1993: Look Who's Talking Now - Voice of Rocks (voice)
1993: Last Action Hero - Whiskers (voice)
1993: Jack the Bear - John Leary
1992: Hoffa - Bobby Ciaro
1991-1992: The Simpsons (TV series) - Herb Powell
1992: Batman Returns - Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
1991: Other People's Money - Lawrence Garfield
1989: The War of the Roses - Gavin D'Amato
1989: Two Daddies? (TV movie) - George Johnson (voice)
1988: Twins - Vincent Benedict
1987: Throw Momma from the Train - Owen
1987: Tin Men - Ernest Tilley
1980-1987: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Adrian/Various
1986: Amazing Stories (TV series) - Herbert
1986: Ruthless People - Sam Stone
1986: My Little Pony: The Movie - Grundle King (voice)
1986: Wise Guys - Harry Valentini
1985: Head Office - Frank Stedman
1985: The Jewel of the Nile - Ralph
1985: Happily Ever After (TV movie) - George Johnson (voice)
1984: Johnny Dangerously - Burr
1984: The Ratings Game (TV movie) - Vic De Salvo
1984: CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV series) - Ackroyd
1984: Romancing the Stone - Ralph
1983: Terms of Endearment - Vernon Dahlart
1978-1983: Taxi (TV series) - Louie De Palma
1983: Likely Stories, Vol. 2 (TV movie) - Vince D'Angelo
1981: Going Ape! - Lazlo
1980: The Gong Show Movie - Performer
1980: The Associates (TV series) - Alan Swathmore
1979: Valentine (TV movie) - Dewey
1979: Angie (TV series) - Uncle Cheech
1978: Goin' South - Hog, Moon's Old Gang
1977: Police Woman (TV series) - Napoleon
1977: The World's Greatest Lover - Assistant Director
1977: Starsky and Hutch (TV series) - John DeAppoliso
1977: The Van - Andy
1977: Delvecchio (TV series) - Anthony 'Beanzie' Marott
1976: Deadly Hero
1976: Car Wash - Joe
1976: The Money - Bartender
1976: Selling of Vince D'Angelo (TV Movie) - Vince D'Angelo
1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Martini
1973: Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 - Petey
1973: Scalawag - Fly Speck
1972: Hot Dogs for Gauguin (short) - Adrian
1971: Bananas - Subway Hood
1971: La mortadella - Fred Mancuso
1970: Dreams of Glass - Thug
-In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
-There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull; How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? and how do you get rid of someone who won't go?
-Of course I've got lawyers. They are like nuclear weapons; I've got em coz everyone else has, but as soon as you use them they screw everything up.