TONY DANZA (Jon Martello, Sr.) Perhaps best known for starring on some of
television's most beloved and long-running series, including "Taxi" (1978-1983) and "Who's the
Boss" (1984-1992), Tony Danza has also established himself as a stage and screen star, and is
indisputably one of America's most iconic performers.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Danza received a wrestling scholarship to the University of
Dubuque in Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in History Education. Discovered at a
boxing gymnasium in New York, Danza was ultimately cast in the critically acclaimed ABC series
"Taxi," earning him a place in television history. He followed "Taxi" with a starring role in the
classic ABC comedy series "Who's the Boss?," which ran for eight seasons.
Eventually Tony explored his love for the stage, and amongst his many stage credits is his
exciting run on Broadway in Mel Brooks hit musical "The Producers" playing 'Max Bialystock'
(2006-2007), and his reprise of the role in the Las Vegas production at Paris Las Vegas (2007). For
his theatrical debut in "Wrong Turn at Lungfish" (1993), he earned an Outer Critic's Circle Award
nomination. Other stage credits include the critically acclaimed "The Iceman Cometh", opposite
Kevin Spacey, Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play "A View From The Bridge", and "I
Tony will return to the stage at the Paper Mill Playhouse this fall in the much buzzed about
musical adaptation of the 1992 hit Castle Rock comedy, "Honeymoon In Vegas." Andrew Bergman
(Blazing Saddles, Fletch, The Freshman) adapted his original screenplay (the original film starred Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan) and the music and lyrics were written by Tony Award
winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years).
Amongst Tony's previous television experience is his role as attorney Joe Celano on the CBS
dramatic series "Family Law" (2000-2002), his Emmy nominated performance on David E. Kelley's
award-winning series "The Practice"(1998), and ABC's "The Tony Danza Show," a talk show that
was broadcast live in New York from 2004-2006. He also starred in and executive produced the
ABC comedy series "Hudson Street", NBC's "The Tony Danza Show", and hosted numerous award
shows, including the 2001 "Miss America Pageant," and the 2003 "People's Choice Awards".
Additional film credits include Walt Disney's Angels in the Outfield, She's Out Of Control, The
Hollywood Knights, and A Brooklyn State of Mind.
In 2009, Tony took on his most challenging and rewarding role yet - teaching 10th grade
English at Philadelphia's Northeast High School. His amazing experience working as a real teacher
was taped and aired on A&E in the form of the critically acclaimed seven-part documentary series,
The teaching experience led to Tony being named one of 2011's ten most inspirational
people over 50 by the AARP.
In September of 2012, Crown Publishing (a division of Random House) published Tony's
book about the experience, entitled "I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year
As a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High". The critically acclaimed book spent 5 weeks on the New
York Times Best-Sellers List and will be released in paperback in September.
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