Danny DeVito
American actor and director
Danny DeVito
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. DeVito and his wife, Rhea Perlman, founded Jersey Films, a production company known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers.
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The Use of the "F-Word" in Book Titles
Huffington Post - 7 days
While the use of the F-word in books, movies and other media is now as common as oxygen, I recently read that it is now making its way more than ever into the actual titles of books, and is becoming a prominent feature in their cover designs, certainly destined for even greater proliferation. To those of us who grew up unaccustomed to that infamous word as a descriptive expletive, it does come with a wink and a gulp. When I was growing up during the depression in Brooklyn, the verbal or written use of the F-word was practically non-existent. Of course it was out there, but I rarely heard it spoken even where boys of that time congregated in the schoolyard, the playing field, and the traditional indoor and outdoor hangouts. I can't speak for women, but I would bet the barn that the F-word and all it stood for was locked in a vault of deep mental suppression. There were so called "cusswords" bandied about but they rarely attained the singularly black reputation of the ...
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Robert DeNiro In The Comedian: DeNiro's Busy Week
Huffington Post - 3 months
You don't have to have a passion for Pagliacci to know the life of a clown has a tragic dimension. Without going to operatic extremes, The Comedian, a movie starring Robert DeNiro as a standup potty-mouthed performer, has a dark side. DeNiro developed the project with Art Linson over eight years, he said at a panel last week for The Comedians at the Plaza Athenee. Robert DeNiro's comic side, honed in movies like Last Vegas to name one, and his huge heart as in his wise, sensitive father in say, Silver Linings Playbook, come together in this movie, especially playing opposite Leslie Mann. The Comedians panel featured director Taylor Hackford, and the superb cast including Danny DeVito and his daughter Lucy, Edie Falco, and Leslie Mann, a comedienne so wide eyed and fresh, she's a revelation. Also featuring Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone, and a Billy Crystal cameo, the cast is first-rate. Each one steals the show, making for a lot of funny moments. DeNiro works his routines at a soup kitc ...
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Backstage Buzz: 'Fun Home' Finale
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Plus Danny DeVito’s Broadway debut, James Corden’s ‘Aladdin’ cameo, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ changes venues and more in this week’s Backstage Buzz.
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'Taxi' star Danny DeVito eyes Broadway bow early next year
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Danny DeVito will make his Broadway debut next year as a wily furniture dealer in Arthur Miller's "The Price."
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DeVito to Prospect Park masses: "We feel the Bern"
Reuters.com - 10 months
Actor Danny DeVito stumps for the "man who shook the hand of the Pope", Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whose rally in Brooklyn's Prospect Park drew an estimated 28,000. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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DeVito to Prospect Park masses: "We feel the Bern"
Reuters.com - 10 months
Actor Danny DeVito stumps for the "man who shook the hand of the Pope", Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whose rally in Brooklyn's Prospect Park drew an estimated 28,000. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Social Capital: The Troll Goal: On Danny DeVito’s Twitter
NYTimes - about 1 year
DeVito’s alternately silly and serious Twitter presence mirrors human complexity.
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A Good Neighbor
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some people say, "Good fences make good neighbors." I like to say, "you're lucky if you find a good neighbor. Especially a good next door neighbor. Especially one who's lived in the neighborhood longer than you have. One who will keep an eye on your dog when you leave town for a couple of weeks. And especially one who has fought Emile Griffith, ex-Middleweight Champion of the World. There he is. Gravel voice. Boxer's pug face. One eye. Laugh like a happy machine gun. Eddie "El Gato" Gasporra. Echo Park resident since '81. Or was it '85? Or '89? He's not so clear about it these days. But he's sitting on "his" bench in Elysian Park in the Marion Harlow Memorial Garden, just beneath the Atwater property at the northeast end of Park Drive. Eddie's got his dogs with him, Lucky, Nano, & Glory, who have replaced Randy, Girlie, and Duke over the years. Eddie's been sitting here every day holding court with his neighbors, who like to refer to him as "The Mayor of Elysian Park". ...
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Sundance So Far: 'Wiener-Dog,' Bizarre Horror Comedy 'The Greasy Strangler' And Craig Robinson's Career Best
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Other than the festival's opening-night Norman Lear documentary, we have yet to see a Sundance movie that bowls us over. We're sitting down with the folks behind the mystifying "Swiss Army Man" (including Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a farting corpse), the buzzy frat-hazing drama "Goat" (including Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer) and "Christine" stars Michael C. Hall and Rebecca Hall, so look out for coverage of those movies later. Of what we've seen, nothing seems destined for mainstream ascendancy. But there's enough to like in "Morris from America," and many Todd Solondz fans were in heaven after Friday's "Wiener-Dog" premiere. Here are a few words on those, plus the mind-boggiing horror comedy "The Greasy Strangler," which is as bizarre as its title sounds. "Wiener-Dog" Written and directed by Todd Solondz Starring Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Tracy Letts, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Keaton Nigel Cooke It takes effort to make a movi ...
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Danny DeVito Gets Blunt On Oscars Controversy: 'We're A Bunch Of Racists'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Danny DeVito doesn't mess around. Speaking on the controversy surrounding the Oscars' lack of diversity while at the Sundance Film Festival, the actor said, "It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country." DeVito added, "We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racial tendencies which -- racist tendencies -- so sometimes it’s manifested in things like this and it’s illuminated, but just generally speaking we’re a racist -- we’re a bunch of racists." Actors Don Cheadle and Sam Neill also appear in the Associated Press video with DeVito, each expressing their disappointment in the lack of minorities among this year's nominees. Cheadle applauded the recent membership changes the Academy is making in response to the controversy, but added, "This is dealing with the symptom and not starting at the root cause of how do we even get to results like this."  This year, no black actors were nominated in the Academy Awards' individual a ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danny DeVito
  • 2015
    Age 70
    He appeared in the Angry Birds Friends Champions for Earth tournament advertisement in September 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 68
    In 2013, along with Rashida Jones, he voiced Herb for the third time on "The Changing of the Guardian" episode of The Simpsons (aired on January 27, 2013. season 24, episode 11).
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    Throughout their relationship, Perlman and DeVito have acted alongside each other several times, including in the television show Taxi and the feature film Matilda (in which they played Matilda's parents). While DeVito and Perlman separated in October 2012 after 30 years of marriage and over 40 years together, the couple reconciled in March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details DeVito and Perlman resided in a 14,579 square foot Beverly Hills, California mansion they purchased in 1994, until selling the estate for US$24 million in April 2015. The couple also own a bungalow near Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and a multi residence compound on Broad Beach in Malibu. He and Perlman are members of the steering committee of the Friends of the Apollo, supporting a theater in Oberlin, Ohio, as is filmmaker Jonathan Demme. DeVito co-owned a restaurant called DeVito South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, which closed in 2011.
    In 2012, DeVito voiced the Lorax in The Lorax.
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    In April 2012, DeVito made his West End acting debut in a revival of the Neil Simon play The Sunshine Boys as Willie Clark - alongside Richard Griffiths.
    More Details Hide Details The play previewed at the Savoy Theatre in London from 27 April 2012, opened on 17 May and played a limited 12-week season until 28 July. 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 film about the unusual life of his former Taxi co-star, Andy Kaufman, who was played in the film by Jim Carrey. DeVito also produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!, as well as the film spin off Reno 911!: Miami.
  • 2011
    Age 66
    In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    In 2006, DeVito joined the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Frank Reynolds.
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  • 2004
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 54
    In 1999, DeVito hosted the last Saturday Night Live episode before the year 2000.
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  • 1997
    Age 52
    In 1997, he was the voice of Philoctetes in the film Hercules.
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  • 1996
    Age 51
    In 1996, he provided the voice of Mr. Swackhammer in Space Jam.
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  • 1991
    Age 46
    In 1991 and 1992, DeVito voiced Herb Powell in the episodes "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?
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  • 1990
    Age 45
    In 1990, DeVito and Perlman played a couple (Vic & Paula) commenting on the state of the environment in The Earth Day Special.
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  • 1986
    Age 41
    In 1986, DeVito voiced the Grundle King in My Little Pony: The Movie while his wife, Rhea Perlman, voiced Reeka the witch.
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    In 1986, DeVito directed and starred in an episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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 with Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, DeVito reunited with Douglas and Turner in The War of the Roses, which he directed and in which he co-starred. DeVito's 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 The Penguin as a deformed sociopath in director Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992). Although generally a comic actor, DeVito expanded into dramatic roles with The Rainmaker (1997), Hoffa (1992), which he directed and in which he co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Jack the Bear (1993), L.A. Confidential, The Big Kahuna, and Heist (2001), as a gangster nemesis of Joe Moore (Gene Hackman). DeVito has an interest in documentaries: In 2006, he began a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ClickStar, on which he hosts a documentary channel called Jersey Docs. He was also interviewed in the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car, about his interest in and ownership of electric vehicles.
  • 1984
    Age 39
    DeVito made his directorial debut in 1984 with The Ratings Game.
    More Details Hide Details He then directed and also starred in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), The War of the Roses (1989), Hoffa (1992), Matilda (1996), Death to Smoochy (2002) and Duplex (2003). The War of the Roses was a commercial and critical success, as was the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda. However, Death to Smoochy and Duplex were both failures. He also directed the film Queen B in 2005. In 1977, DeVito played the role of John 'John John the Apple' DeAppoliso in the Starsky and Hutch episode titled "The Collector".
  • 1983
    Age 38
    After Taxi ended, DeVito began a successful film career, starting with roles in 1983's Terms of Endearment, as the comic rogue in the romantic adventure Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and its 1985 sequel, The Jewel of the Nile.
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  • 1982
    Age 37
    The couple married on January 28, 1982.
    More Details Hide Details They have four children: Lucy Chet DeVito (born March 11, 1983), Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985), and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987) Lexi DeVito.
  • 1978
    Age 33
    He gained fame in 1978 playing Louie De Palma, the short but domineering dispatcher for the fictional Sunshine Cab Company, on the hit TV show Taxi.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    DeVito played Martini in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, reprising his role from the 1971 off-Broadway play of the same name.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    After leaving the boarding school, he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details In his early theater days, he performed with the Colonnades Theater Lab, at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and, along with his future wife, Rhea Perlman, appeared in plays produced by the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective.
  • 1962
    Age 17
    DeVito was raised as a Catholic, and attended Oratory Preparatory School, a boarding school in Summit, New Jersey, graduating in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He went to the boarding school when he was 14, after he persuaded his father to send him there to keep him out of trouble.
  • 1944
    Born on November 17, 1944.
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