Danny DeVito


Birthday: Nov 17, 1944
Birthplace: Neptune, New Jersey, USA
Perhaps no Hollywood actor continually stirs up more of a gleeful admixture of feelings in his viewers than Danny DeVito. Singlehandedly portraying characters with mile-long, obnoxious jerk streaks that are nonetheless somehow loveable, DeVito -- with his diminutive stature, balding head, and broad Jersey accent -- made an art form out of playing endearingly loathsome little men.Born November 17, 1944, in Neptune, NJ, Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. survived a Catholic school upbringing and started his career from the ground up, laboring as a cosmetician in his sister's beauty parlor. Working under the name "Mr. Danny," DeVito decided to enter New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts for the purpose of acquiring additional makeup expertise. However, he soon discovered his true theatrical calling and made his screen debut with a small part in the 1968 drama Dreams of Glass. After a few discouraging experiences within the film industry, DeVito decided to concentrate on stage work. During this time, he met actress Rhea Perlman, whom he later married in 1982. In 1972, the actor made his way back into films with a role in Lady Liberty, a comedy starring Sophia Loren. His first notable film part came three years later, when he reprised his stage role of Martini, a sweet-natured mental patient, in Milos Forman's screen version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Produced by DeVito's old friend Michael Douglas and co-scripted by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman, the film won wide acclaim and nine Oscar nominations, eventually gleaning five statuettes (including Best Picture). Despite the adulation surrounding the film, DeVito's screen career remained lackluster, but he skyrocketed to fame three years later with his role as the obnoxious dispatcher Louie on the long-running television sitcom Taxi. From there, DeVito's career swung upward and he spent the next decade playing similarly repugnant characters with enormous success. He reunited with Douglas for Romancing the Stone (1984) and its 1985 sequel, Jewel of the Nile, teamed up with co-star Joe Piscopo and director Brian De Palma (as a scam artist on the run) in Wise Guys (1986), and signed with Disney's R-rated offshoot, Touchstone, for two comedies, the 1986 Ruthless People, and the 1987 Barry Levinson-directed Tin Men.Throw Momma from the Train (1987) marked DeVito's premier directorial outing. A madcap farce directed from a script by Benson and Soap scribe Stu Silver, Momma cast DeVito as Owen, a dim-bulb student living under the thumb of his loudmouthed mother, who is enrolled in a writing course taught by failing novelist Larry Donner (Billy Crystal). Stumbling into a repertory screening of Strangers on a Train one night, Owen has the not-so-bright idea of emulating the film, by bumping off Larry's conniving ex-wife in exchange for having Larry rub out his momma -- without asking Larry first.Throw Momma from the Train opened during the Christmas season of December 1987 and received mixed reviews. The picture nonetheless became a massive hit, grossing upwards of 57 million dollars, and thus paving the way for future DeVito-directed efforts. The War of the Roses (1989) recast DeVito with his Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile co-stars, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, but could not have been any more different in terms of theme, content, tone, or intended audience. Co-adapted by Warren Adler and Michael Leeson (from Adler's novel), this acerbic, black-as-coal comedy tells the story of Oliver and Barbara Rose, a seemingly happy and well-adjusted married couple whose nuptials descend into a violent hell when Barbara announces that she wants a divorce -- and Oliver refuses to give her one. DeVito plays the cherubic lawyer who relays their story to another client, and famously reflects, "If love is blind, then marriage must be like having a stroke." The picture instantly grossed dollar one, garnered legions of fans, and delighted critics across the board.Ida Random produced M

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dumbo
  • Max Medici
2019
76% Smallfoot
  • Dorgle
2018
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
2017
24% The Comedian
  • Actor
$1.7M 2017
No Score Yet City of Sin
  • Actor
2017
74% Wiener-Dog
  • Dave Schmerz
$0.3M 2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers
  • Chesterfield
2016
63% All The Wilderness
  • Dr. Pembry
2015
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Illumination 7 Mini-Movie Collection
  • Actor
2014
36% Salinger
  • Actor
$0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Little Spirit: Christmas in New York
  • Actor
2012
13% Hotel Noir
  • Eugene Portland
2012
53% Dr Seuss' The Lorax
  • The Lorax
$214M 2012
70% Revenge of the Electric Car
  • Actor
$0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Girl Walks Into a Bar
  • Aldo
2011
79% Solitary Man
  • Jimmy Marino
$4.4M 2010
16% When in Rome
  • Al
$32.6M 2010
No Score Yet Housebroken
  • Dad
2009
25% Nobel Son
  • Gastner
$0.4M 2008
70% Guest of Cindy Sherman
  • Actor
2008
31% The Good Night
  • Mel
2007
No Score Yet Just Add Water
  • Merl
2007
34% Reno 911!: Miami
  • District Attorney
  • Producer
$20.3M 2007
70% Freedom Writers
  • Producer
$36.5M 2007
63% 10 Items or Less
  • Actor
$69.8K 2006
6% Deck the Halls
  • Buddy Hall
$35.1M 2006
22% The Oh in Ohio
  • Wayne the Pool Guy
2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
2006
24% Even Money
  • Producer
  • Walter
2006
No Score Yet Relative Strangers
  • Frank Manure
  • Producer
2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
  • Booth
$0.2M 2006
30% Be Cool
  • Martin Weir
  • Producer
$55.6M 2005
No Score Yet Queen B
  • Actor
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Bette Midler: The Divine Bette Midler
  • Actor
2005
86% Garden State
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$26.8M 2004
26% Along Came Polly
  • Producer
$87.9M 2004
No Score Yet Christmas in Love
  • Brad
2004
75% Big Fish
  • Amos Calloway
$66.3M 2003
35% Duplex
  • Narrator
  • Director
2003
40% Anything Else
  • Harvey
$3.2M 2003
64% Camp
  • Producer
$1.6M 2003
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Mini-Me in Movie
$213.1M 2002
42% Death to Smoochy
  • Burke Bennett
  • Director
$8.4M 2002
26% How High
  • Producer
$31.2M 2001
66% Heist
  • Bergman
$23.3M 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen?
  • Max Fairbanks
$31.1M 2001
45% The Caveman's Valentine
  • Producer
2001
13% Screwed
  • Grover Cleaver
2000
73% The Big Kahuna
  • Phil Cooper
2000
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Dr. Horniker
2000
84% Erin Brockovich
  • Producer
2000
29% Drowning Mona
  • Chief Rash
  • Executive Producer
2000
63% Man on the Moon
  • George Shapiro
  • Producer
1999
59% Living Out Loud
  • Producer
  • Pat
1998
93% Out of Sight
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • Deck Schifflet
1997
83% The Rainmaker
  • Deck Schifflet
1997
82% Gattaca
  • Producer
1997
99% L.A. Confidential
  • Sid Hudgeons
1997
83% Hercules
  • Phil
1997
54% Mars Attacks!
  • Rude Gambler
1996
38% Space Jam
  • Swackhammer
1996
14% Feeling Minnesota
  • Producer
1996
90% Matilda
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Mr. Wormwood
1996
13% Sunset Park
  • Producer
1996
87% Get Shorty
  • Producer
  • Martin Weir
1995
36% Junior
  • Dr. Larry Arbogast
1994
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Executive Producer
1994
12% Renaissance Man
  • Bill Rago
1994
31% 8 Seconds
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Put Down the Duckie
  • Actor
1994
0% Look Who's Talking Now
  • Rocks
1993
66% Reality Bites
  • Producer
1993
29% Jack the Bear
  • John Leary
1993
54% Hoffa
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Bobby Ciaro
1992
80% Batman Returns
  • The Penguin
1992
31% Other People's Money
  • Lawrence Garfield
1991
No Score Yet Money
  • Actor
1991
84% The War of the Roses
  • Gavin D'Amato
  • Director
1989
37% Twins
  • Vincent Benedict
1988
62% Throw Momma from the Train
  • Director
  • Owen
1987
81% Tin Men
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997
  • Ernest Tilley
1987
94% Ruthless People
  • Sam Stone
1986
No Score Yet My Little Pony
  • Grundle King
1986
31% Wise Guys
  • Harry Valentini
1986
0% Head Office
  • Stedman
1986
50% The Jewel of the Nile
  • Ralph
1985
44% Johnny Dangerously
  • Burr
1984
No Score Yet The Ratings Game
  • Vic De Salvo
  • Director
1984
86% Romancing the Stone
  • Ralph
1984
88% Terms of Endearment
  • Vernon Dahlart
1983
No Score Yet Going Ape!
  • Lazlo
1981
71% Goin' South
  • Hog
1978
20% The World's Greatest Lover
  • Assistant Director
1977
No Score Yet The Van
  • Andy
1977
86% Car Wash
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Deadly Hero
  • Actor
1976
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Martini
1975
No Score Yet Atlantic City Jackpot
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30
  • Petey
1973
No Score Yet Scalawag
  • Fly Speck
1973
88% Bananas
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet One Part Sugar
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2013
96% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Frank Reynolds Frank
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
84% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
  • Dr. Jack Carmichael
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1999
  • 1993
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1983
  • 1982
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
  • Louie De Palma
  • Director
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
  • John the Apple
  • 1977
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
2001-2002
  • Executive Producer

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