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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 Remember You."

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, entitled "TEACH."

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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