Danny DeVito

Actor, Director, Producer
Despite his diminutive 5-foot frame, actor Danny DeVito loomed large on television and in features after his stint as the acerbic Louie De Palma on the classic sitcom, "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983). After gaining acclaim ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1944 in Neptune, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (137)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2004 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Catching Kringle 2014 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Housebroken 2014 (Movie)

Cathkart (Actor)

All the Wilderness 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 2012 (Movie)

The Lorax (Voice)

Hotel Noir 2012 (Movie)

Eugene Portland (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2010 Video Game Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Girl Walks Into a Bar 2010 (Movie)

Aldo (Actor)

Solitary Man 2010 (Movie)

Jimmy Marino (Actor)

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Guest of Cindy Sherman 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Add Water 2008 (Movie)

Merl Stryker (Actor)

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobel Son 2008 (Movie)

George Gastner (Actor)

Even Money 2007 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Deck the Halls 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reno 911: Miami 2007 (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

The Good Night 2007 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

10 Items Or Less 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deck The Halls 2006 (Movie)

Buddy Hall (Actor)

Relative Strangers 2006 (Movie)

Frank Manure (Actor)

The Oh in Ohio 2006 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

Martin Weir (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Love 2004 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

Amos Calloway (Actor)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

cameo (Actor)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

Burke Bennett (Actor)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Death to Smoochy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Heist 2001 (Movie)

Mickey Bergman (Actor)

What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Max Fairbanks (Actor)

Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

Chief Rash (Actor)

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

Grover Cleaver (Actor)

The Big Kahuna 2000 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

The Virgin Suicides 2000 (Movie)

Dr. Hornicker (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Marilu Henner 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

George Shapiro (Actor)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Take a Moment 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Aliens Invade Hollywood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Phil (Voice)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Deck Shifflet (Actor)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

Sid Hudgens (Actor)

Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Hercules" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Rude Gambler (Actor)

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

Harry Wormwood (Actor)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

of Swackhammer (Voice)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Best of Taxi 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Felony 1995 (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

Martin Weir (Actor)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

Dr Larry Arbogast (Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

Bill Rago (Actor)

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

John Leary (Actor)

Look Who's Talking Now 1993 (Movie)

of Rocks (Voice)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Selling of Vince D'Angelo 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Bobby Ciaro (Actor)

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (6/29/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

Lawrence Garfield (Actor)

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Special Christmas Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

Gavin D'Amato (Actor)

Two Daddies? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Vincent Benedict (Actor)

Our Kids and the Best of Everything 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Owen (Actor)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

Tilley (Actor)

Happily Ever After 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

Stedman (Actor)

My Little Pony 1986 (Movie)

of Grundle King (Voice)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

Sam Stone (Actor)

Taxi 1978 - 1983, 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Wise Guys 1986 (Movie)

Harry Valentini (Actor)

Jewel of the Nile 1985 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

All the Kids Do It 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

Burr (Actor)

Romancing the Stone 1984 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Vic DeSalvo (Actor)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

Vernon Dahlart (Actor)

Going Ape! 1981 (Movie)

Lazlo (Actor)

Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

Clyde/Hog (Actor)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

Assistant Director (Actor)

The Van 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

Martini (Actor)

Scalawag 1973 (Movie)

Fly Speck (Actor)

Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 1972 (Movie)

Petey (Actor)

La Mortadella 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amazing Stories (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (33)

A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reno 911! 2002 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Just Add Water 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Even Money 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reno 911: Miami 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Relative Strangers 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Karen Sisco 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The American Embassy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Caveman's Valentine 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunset Park 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

8 Seconds 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crazy Eddie (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pentagon Wars (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (11)

St. Sebastian's 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Mary 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Crazy Eddie (Movie)

(Director)
Music (3)

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

("Lazy River") (Song Performer)

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

("The Mymie Mymie Song") (Song)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away from Me") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

The Filth and the Fury 2000 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Despite his diminutive 5-foot frame, actor Danny DeVito loomed large on television and in features after his stint as the acerbic Louie De Palma on the classic sitcom, "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983). After gaining acclaim as the sex-obsessed mental patient Martini in both the stage and film versions of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), DeVito landed the role of Louie and spent the next five years delighting in his torment of a ragtag group of New York cabbies. Once the Emmy Award-winning show was canceled, he made his way in features, delivering a variation on the Louie De Palma theme in the popular adventure comedies, "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and "Jewel of the Nile" (1985). But it was his crossover as a director, notably with the bizarre black comedy "Throw Momma From the Train" (1987), in which he also starred, that solidified DeVito as a multifaceted talent. He spent the next couple of decades deftly transitioning from directing "War of the Roses" (1989) to starring as Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-lost sibling in "Twins" (1988) and as The Penguin in "Batman Returns" (1992) to producing "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and "Erin Brockovich" (2000) under the auspices of his production company, Jersey Films. By the time he returned to regular series television with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX, 2005- ), DeVito was a powerful Hollywood insider capable of making just about any project he wished.

Relationships

Daniel DeVito

Father

Julia DeVito

Mother

Daniel DeVito

Son
Born October 1987; mother, Rhea Perlman

Lucy Devito Actor

Daughter
Born March 1983; mother, Rhea Perlman

Gracie Devito Assistant

Daughter

Rhea Perlman Actor

Wife
Met 1970 in New York and began living together after two weeks Married Jan. 28, 1982 Announced separation Oct. 8, 2012 Reportedly reconciled as of March 2013

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1966

Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture

New York , New York

Oratory Preparatory School

Summit , New Jersey 1962
Had lead roles in "St Francis of Assisi" and "Billion Dollar Saint"

Milestones

2012

Voiced the title character in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

2011

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2010

Played one of Kristen Bell's suitors in the comedy "When in Rome"

2007

Cast in Jake Paltrow's directorial debut "The Good Night"

2007

Co-starred in Mark Rydell's "Even Money," a series of intertwining stories on how gambling and drugs destroy people's lives

2006

Returned to series TV after joining cast on the second season of the FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

2004

Served as executive producer of Comedy Central's "Reno 911"

2004

Guest starred as a stripper on an episode of "Friends" (NBC); received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy series

2003

Played ringmaster Amos Calloway in Tim Burton's "Big Fish"

2003

Co-starred in the Woody Allen comedy "Anything Else"

2003

Helmed the romantic comedy "The Duplex," co-starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore

2002

Directed and starred in "Death to Smoochy"

2001

Served as an executive producer on the CBS drama series, "Kate Brasher," co-starring his wife Perlman

2001

Played a leading role in the screen comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"

2000

Produced the box-office hit "Erin Brockovich," starring Julia Roberts; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture

2000

Teamed with Bette Midler for "Drowning Mona"; also served as one of the executive producers

1999

Cast alongside Kevin Spacey and Peter Facinelli in the drama "The Big Kahuna"

1998

Had rare romantic role opposite Holly Hunter in the comedy-drama "Living Out Loud"

1997

Portrayed a smarmy tabloid columnist in Curtis Hanson's "L.A. Confidential"

1997

Re-teamed with Michael Douglas for "John Grisham's The Rainmaker"

1996

Produced, directed and acted in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda"; also co-starred with Perlman

1994

First executive producing credit on a feature, "8 Seconds"

1994

Served as executive producer for Quentin Tarantino's smash hit "Pulp Fiction

1994

Produced the Ben Stiller directed film, "Reality Bites"

1993

Supplied the voice of Rocks for the feature "Look Who's Talking Now"

1992

Co-founded production company Jersey Films with wife Rhea Perlman

1992

Had a memorable role as the Penguin in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns"

1992

First feature producing credit, "Hoffa"; also directed and co-starred

1991

Voiced the part of Herb Powell, Homer Simpson's long-lost half-brother on several episodes of "The Simpsons" (Fox)

1987

Made feature directing debut with "Throw Momma from the Train"; also co-starred

1986

Starred opposite wife Rhea Perlman on the second season premiere of the NBC anthology series "Amazing Stories"; also directed the episode

1985

Re-teamed with Douglas and Turner for the sequel "The Jewel of the Nile"

1984

Teamed with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in "Romancing the Stone"

1983

Had a small but memorable role opposite Shirley MacLaine in James L. Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"

1982

Made directing debut with episodes of "Taxi"

1978

Made TV debut as Louie De Palma, the dispatcher for the fictional Sunshine Cab Company on the hit show "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-82; NBC, 1982-83)

1975

DeVito and Perlman received grant from American Film Institute to write and produce a second short film "Minestrone"; shown at the Cannes Film Festival

1975

Reprised the role of Martini for the Milos Forman's feature adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; Michael Douglas produced

1973

Co-wrote and produced (with Rhea Perlman) first short film, "The Sound Sleeper"

1972

Had a supporting role in the Italian-French co-production "La mortadella," starring Sophia Loren

1970

Appeared in the off-Broadway production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1968

Off-Broadway debut in the leading role of one of three one-act plays jointly titled "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth"

1968

Made feature film debut in "Dreams of Glass"

1966

Met Michael Douglas while studying at the AADA and working at the Eugene O'Neill Foundation

1963

Worked as hairdresser for one year at his sister's shop in New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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Besides his connection with Michael Douglas, DeVito acted in Douglas' father Kirk's feature directing debut "Scalawag" (1973).

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On the tabloids: "First of all, you want to be in the newspapers, you know people want to see [you], but there's no need for people to hunt you down like an animal. I usually just smile, [let them] take the picture and go on my merry way, and the people who are chasing me, I don't look at them.[But] if it's so belligerent, so in-your-face, and you have no defense against it, you probably act like a frightened animal and run away. Anything can happen when you're in that situation and unfortunately sometimes the consequences are very grave. In this very tragic thing, I was moved and saddened by Princess Diana and Dodi [Fayed]." – DeVito to the Chicago Tribune, Oct. 16, 1997

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In 2007, DeVito teamed with world renowned restaurateur David Manero and Michael Brauser to open his first restaurant, named DeVito South Beach, an Italian chop house on trendy Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, FL.

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