Danny Devito

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Posted July 10, 2013 by Richi in Comedy

Overview

Born: November 17, 1944 (age 68), Neptune Township, New Jersey, United States
 
Height: 1.52 m
 
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Daniel Michael “Danny” DeVito, Jr. 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 Globe and an Emmy.

Curious facts

  • Has his own film company: Jersey Films.
  • Went to Oratory Prep. School in Summit, New Jersey.
  • Italian-American
  • Before he became an actor he was a qualified hairdresser (stylist)
  • Son-in-law of Philip Perlman.
  • Brother-in-law of Heide Perlman.
  • In his New Jersey hometown, one of his relatives ran a hair salon with the relatives of another actor from his neighborhood, Jack Nicholson.
  • He was considered for the role of Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) but couldn’t do it due to his TV commitments.
  • Biography in: “Who’s Who in Comedy” by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 136-137. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Brought a bag of carrots to munch on during the 73rd Annual Academy Awards. Host Steve Martin presented him with an impromptu bowl of ranch dip in the middle of the ceremony.
  • Daughters: Lucy DeVito (born 1983), Gracie DeVito (born March 1985), son: Daniel J. DeVito (Jake Daniel DeVito) (born October 1987).
  • Often appears in Tim Burton movies.
  • In 1975, under a grant from the American Film Institute, he and Rhea Perlman wrote and produced ‘Minestrone’, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has been translated into five languages.
  • Often portrays sinister people in the movies he’s in. He played the Penguin, a mutant crime boss, in Batman Returns (1992), a cynical gambler in Space Jam (1996) and Mars Attacks! (1996), a sleazy talent agent in Death to Smoochy (2002) and ruthless and greedy businessmen inRuthless People (1986), What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Matilda (1996) and Other People’s Money (1991).
  • Graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in Hollywood, California in 1966.
  • Attended the final Phish concert with his son and 75,000 others in Coventry, Vermont on August 16, 2004.
  • Appeared alongside his former roommate Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in three films, Romancing the Stone (1984), its sequel The Jewel of the Nile (1985), and the black comedy The War of the Roses (1989).
  • Has appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in three films/movies – two of these films directed and produced by Ivan Reitman - Twins (1988) & Junior (1994), and in Last Action Hero (1993), playing a minor-role, as the voice of Detective Whiskers. Both have played Batman villains, DeVito as The Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
  • Was considered for the role of Det. John Kimble in Kindergarten Cop (1990), but couldn’t secure it due to his small stature. The part went toArnold Schwarzenegger instead.
  • Was originally set to play Mario in Super Mario Bros. (1993) but backed out and was replaced by Bob Hoskins.
  • Is a huge fan of musician Mike Patton and his bands Fantomas and Peeping Tom, and requested to feature in the video clip for the Peeping Tom single ‘Mojo’. He was given a cameo.
  • Was considered for the role of George Costanza in ”Seinfeld” (1990).
  • Provides the voice of Herbert Powell, Homer Simpson’s half-brother.
  • Cousin of filmmaker Jonathan M. Parisen.
  • Frequently appears in films with Jack Nicholson, including Goin’ South (1978), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment(1983), Hoffa (1992), and Mars Attacks! (1996). They have also both played Batman villains: The Joker in Batman (1989) and The Penguin inBatman Returns (1992).
  • Lives in Beverly Hills, California and attended the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2008.
  • A staunch supporter of The Democratic Party.
  • Has been nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor, three different times in three different decades. In the 1980′s for Going Ape! (1981), in the 1990′s for Batman Returns (1992) and in the 2000′s for Deck the Halls (2006). He has never won.
  • First connection with Michael Douglas happened when he starred in a NY stage production of “Down the Morning Line” in 1969, directed by Douglas and written by Martin Sheen.
  • He was inducted into the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
  • Close friend of Lucy Liu.
  • Co-owner of a restaurant, called DeVito South Beach, in Miami, Florida.
  • Has part of his family living in New Canaan, Connecticut.
  • Has a vacation home in Interlaken, New Jersey.
  • Lives in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.
  • In Romancing the Stone (1984), he makes a Batman-related joke, when he corners Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in the cave (“Move it, before Batman comes home!”). Eight years later, he played “the Penguin” in Batman Returns (1992).
  • Drives a Nissan Leaf 100% electric car.
  • The launch of his and wife Rhea Perlman’s production company, “Jersey Films”, kicked off with the release of Hoffa (1992).
  • In the late 1960s, Danny shared a New York apartment with fellow actor Michael Douglas at 338 West 89th Street in Manhattan where the rent was $75 each per month.
  • Co-starred with Michael Douglas in “Romancing the Stone”, “Jewel Of the Nile”, “War of the Roses”, and “Solitary Man”. DeVito also starred in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, which Michael Douglas produced.
  • Danny and Rhea met when she went to see him appearing in the off-Broadway play, “The Shrinking Bride” in 1971.

Filmography

  • 1972 Lady Liberty
  • 1972 Hot Dogs for Gauguin
  • 1973 Hurry Up, or I’ll Be 30
  • 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 1976 Car Wash
  • 1977 The Van
  • 1978 Goin’ South
  • 1981 Going Ape!
  • 1983 Terms of Endearment
  • 1984 Romancing the Stone
  • 1984 The Ratings Game
  • 1984 Johnny Dangerously
  • 1985 The Jewel of the Nile
  • 1985 Amazing Stories
  • 1985 Head Office
  • 1986 Wise Guys
  • 1986 Ruthless People
  • 1986 My Little Pony: The Movie
  • 1987 Throw Momma from the Train
  • 1987 Tin Men
  • 1988 Twins
  • 1989 The War of the Roses
  • 1991 Other People’s Money
  • 1992 Batman Returns
  • 1992 Hoffa
  • 1993 Jack the Bear
  • 1993 Last Action Hero
  • 1993 Look Who’s Talking Now
  • 1994 Reality Bites
  • 1994 Junior
  • 1994 Pulp Fiction
  • 1994 Renaissance Man
  • 1995 Get Shorty
  • 1996 Mars Attacks!
  • 1996 Matilda
  • 1996 Space Jam
  • 1997 The Rainmaker
  • 1997 Gattaca
  • 1997 Hercules
  • 1997 L.A. Confidential
  • 1998 Living Out Loud
  • 1999 The Big Kahuna
  • 1999 Man on the Moon
  • 1999 The Virgin Suicides
  • 2000 Drowning Mona
  • 2000 Erin Brockovich
  • 2000 How High
  • 2000 Screwed
  • 2001 Heist
  • 2001 What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
  • 2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • 2002 Death to Smoochy
  • 2003 Anything Else
  • 2003 Big Fish
  • 2003 Camp
  • 2003 Duplex
  • 2004 Christmas in Love
  • 2004 Garden State
  • 2004 Friends
  • 2005 Be Cool
  • 2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  • 2006–Present It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • 2006 Relative Strangers
  • 2006 Even Money
  • 2006 The Oh in Ohio
  • 2006 Deck the Halls
  • 2006 Mojo (2006 music video)
  • 2007 The Good Night
  • 2007 Reno 911!: Miami
  • 2007 Just Add Water
  • 2007 Nobel Son
  • 2009 House Broken
  • 2009 Solitary Man
  • 2010 When in Rome
  • 2011 Girl Walks Into a Bar
  • 2012 The Lorax
  • 2012 Hotel Noir