DANNY DEVITO (Bergman) began his acting career on the stage, starring in one of three one-act plays presented together under the title of "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth." DeVito went on to perform onstage in "Down the Morning Line," "The Line of Least Existence," "The Shrinking Bride" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
In 1975. under a grant from the American Film Institute, DeVito and his wife, actress
Rhea Perlinan, wrote and produced Minestrone, which has been shown twice at the Cannes
Festival and has been translated into five languages. Later they wrote and produced a 16-
millimeter black-and-white short subject The Sound Sleeper which won
first prize at the
Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association competition.
DeVito emerged as a feature-length filmmaker in 1984, when he directed The Ratings Game for Showtime/The Movie Channel. In 1987 DeVito directed his first feature for theatrical release, Throw Momma from the Train. That led to other directing projects: The War of the Roses,
Hoffa, and Matilda. DeVito has just completed directing Death to Smoochy, in which he stars with Robin Williams and Edward Norton.
In 1992 DeVito partnered with producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher to form
Jersey Films, which has produced 18 motion pictures, including Erin
Brockovich, Man on the
Moon, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Hoffa, Matilda, Living Out Loud and Drowning
Mona. In 2000. Jersey Television was launched with the TV series Kate Brasher. Jersey has
sold two series for the upcoming 2001-02 season, UC Undercover and Emma Brody.
'Though two films co-starring DeVito won the Academy Award for Best Picture (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Terms of Endearment), it was the part of Louie De Palma that propelled him into national prominence as star of the hit television show Taxi.
DeVito has also starred in many films not produced by Jersey. They include Junior, Renaissance Man, Jack the Bear, The Big Kahuna and The Virgin Suicides. Following Taxi and before the creation of Jersey Films, DeVito starred in such films as Junior, Batman Returns, Twins, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, Ruthless People and Tin Men.
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