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One of the entertainment industry's most successful filmmakers, DANNY DEVITO (George Shapiro/Producer) wrote, directed and produced several short films in his early Hollywood years, but his emergence as a filmmaker was finally recognized in 1987, when he directed and starred in Throw Momma From The Train. That success was followed two years later with The War of the Roses. Both films revealed a distinctive DeVito trademark in their use of darker comedic themes.

In 1992, DeVito added yet another dimension. With producer Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, he formed Jersey Films, and then directed and starred with Jack Nicholson in Hoffa for 20th Century Fox. Reality Bites was the company's first feature, on which DeVito served as producer, followed by Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, which won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and received seven Academy Award nominations.

Jersey has produced the motion pictures: Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and DeVito; Sunset Park, starring Rhea Perlman; Feeling Minnesota, starring Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz; Fierce Creatures, which reunited the cast of A Fish Called Wanda; Matilda, directed by and starring DeVito, Perlman and Mara Wilson; Gattaca, starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman; Out of Sight, starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez; and Living Out Loud, starring DeVito and Holly Hunter.

In 2000, Jersey will release Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhardt for director Steven Soderbergh.

DeVito stars in the upcoming Drowning Mona, a film produced by Jersey Shores (a division of Jersey Films), which is set for release in 2000. Other upcoming films in which DeVito appears, include Foolproof, The Big Kahuna and The Virgin Suicides.

DeVito achieved prominence as the star of the hit television series Taxi, and later starred in such films as: Junior, Renaissance Man, Batman Returns, Jack the Bear, Other People's Money, Twins, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, Wise Guys, Ruthless People and Tin Men.

Two films co-starring DeVito have won the Academy Award™ for Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Terms of Endearment.

DeVito attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School in Summit, New Jersey, but appeared in only one school play, as St. Francis of Assisi. After graduation, he pursued several odd jobs-always with the idea of acting in the back of his mind.

Finally, he applied to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was accepted, graduating two years later. Unable to find work he headed for Hollywood and after years of being unemployed, returned to New York, where he was cast in one of three one-act plays presented together under the title The Man With The Flower In His Mouth.

Other stage performances followed in rapid succession, including Down The Morning Line, The Line of Least Existence, The Shrinking Bride and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. The last play shaped Danny's future, for three years later Michael Douglas, who had attended one performance, asked DeVito to re-create his role in the award-winning film version, starring Jack Nicholson. It was the role that brought DeVito his first national recognition.


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