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A bright, funny man and marvelous floor-prowling storyteller, DANNY DeVITO (DIRECTOR) has been called the most likable person in Hollywood. As an actor, producer and director he has been called one of the entertainment industry's most versatile players.
Under a grant from the American Film Institute in 1975, Danny and his wife, actress Rhea
Perlman, wrote and produced Minestrone, which was shown twice at the Cannes Film Festival and has been translated into five languages. This dynamic pair also 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, with the DeVito trademark of darker comedic themes. That success led to other directing projects:
The War of the Roses, Hoffa, Matilda and the upcoming Duplex, currently in pre-production.
In 1992, DeVito added another aspect to his career when he partnered with producers Michael Shamberg and Stacy Sher to form Jersey Films. Jersey Films has produced 18 motion pictures, including such outstanding films as
Man on the Moon, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Hoffa, Matilda, Reality Bites, Living Out Loud, Drowning Mona
and Erin Brockovich. Other films produced by DeVito include How High, The Caveman's Valentine,
Gattaca, Feeling Minnesota, Sunset Park, and Eight Seconds.
In 2000, another manifestation of DeVito's creative life came to fruition when Jersey Television was launched with the TV series
Kate Brasher. Jersey Television also produces UC Undercover and The American
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