MAN ON THE MOON
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
Two films co-starring DeVito have won
the Academy Awardâ„˘ 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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