DANNY DEVITO (Max Medici) is one of the entertainment
industry's most versatile
players, excelling as actor, producer and director.
His award-winning performance as Louie De Palma on the television show "Taxi"
what propelled DeVito to national prominence. He won both an Emmy and a Golden
Globe. In a 1999 readers' poll conducted by TV Guide, DeVito's Louie De Palma
voted number one among "TV's Fifty Greatest Characters Ever."
On television, he was recently seen in a guest role in the Netflix series
Method." In 2018, he returned as Frank Reynolds in FXX's acclaimed cult comedy
Always Sunny in Philadelphia," for its 13th season. It will film season 14 this
In 2016, DeVito was seen in Sony Classics' "The Comedian" with Robert De Niro
Leslie Mann, directed by Taylor Hackford. DeVito directed, starred in and
the short film "Curmudgeons," which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival,
was later seen at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival and 2016 London
Festival. The same year, DeVito co-starred in Todd Solondz's dark comedy "WienerDog."
In 2018, DeVito was heard voicing Dorgle in Warner Bros.' animated "Smallfoot."
Currently, he is recording a character for Disney's "The One and Only Ivan." In
DeVito voiced the Lorax in Universal Pictures' animated feature "The Lorax,"
the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. His voice was also heard in the German,
Russian, Spanish and Italian versions of the film.
In 2012, DeVito and Richard Griffiths received rave reviews in the London
of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys." The following year, DeVito reprised
critically acclaimed role together with former "Taxi" co-star Judd Hirsch in Los
DeVito made his Broadway debut in 2017 in Arthur Miller's "The Price" as
Solomon, earning him his first Tony Award nomination. He won a Drama Desk
Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for the role.
In 2015, DeVito was executive producer on the biographical documentary
Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story." In 2014, he co-produced Universal Pictures'
drama "A Walk Among the Tombstones" and starred in "All the Wilderness." In
DeVito starred in Sebastian Gutierrez's black-and-white crime drama, "Hotel
Throughout his career, DeVito has directed more than 25 projects, including
"Death to Smoochy," "The War of the Roses," "Hoffa," "Throw Momma from the
"The Ratings Game" and numerous short films, TV movies and episodes of
DeVito runs TheBloodFactory.com, an online collaboration with screenwriter
of horror shorts he affectionately refers to as "splatter cuts." He is also the
Jersey Films' 2nd Avenue, a successor company of Jersey Films. Jersey Films has
produced more than 20 motion pictures, including "Freedom Writers," "Be Cool,"
"Garden State," "Along Came Polly," "Man on the Moon," "Pulp Fiction," "Out of
"Get Shorty," "Hoffa," "Matilda," "Living Out Loud" and "Erin Brockovich," which
nominated for an Academy Award.
Apart from his work with Jersey Films, DeVito has starred in such films as
"The War of
the Roses," "Junior," "Batman Returns," "Twins," "Romancing the Stone," "Jewel
Nile," "Ruthless People," "Throw Momma from the Train," "Tin Men," "Anything
"Big Fish," "Renaissance Man," "The Big Kahuna" and "Heist." He also starred in
Good Night," "Deck the Halls," "Relative Strangers," "The Oh in Ohio," "Be
Son" and "Even Money."
DeVito attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School
Summit, N.J., but appeared in only one school play, as St. Francis of Assisi.
graduation, he pursued several odd jobs, always with the idea of acting in the
his mind. He finally entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
had fencing and a speech class," he said mockingly, "so you don't talk funny."
get work, DeVito bought a round-trip ticket and headed to Hollywood. After years
unemployment, he returned to New York. He called an old friend and former
Academy professor who, coincidentally, had been seeking him out for a starring
one of three one-act plays presented together under the title of "The Man with
Flower in His Mouth." Soon DeVito was into big money ($60 a week), and other
performances followed. Among his credits were "Down the Morning Line," "The Line
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
actress Rhea Perlman, wrote and produced "Minestrone," which has been shown
at the Cannes Film Festival and has been translated into five languages. Later
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
In 2018, the mayor of Asbury Park, N.J.-the town in which DeVito was raised-
declared November 17 (DeVito's birthday) as Danny DeVito Day in the city of
Park, in perpetuity.
DeVito carries his success well. Never forgetting that there were more
difficult times, he
maintains a healthy sense of perspective. As "Taxi" character Louie De Palma
say, "If you don't do good today, you'll be eatin' dirt tomorrow."
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