DANNY DeVITO (Dorgle) is one of the entertainment industry's most versatile
excelling as an actor, producer and director.
The 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
a 1999 readers' poll conducted by TV Guide, DeVito's Louie De Palma was voted
among "TV's Fifty Greatest Characters Ever."
In 2012, DeVito and Richard Griffiths received rave reviews in the London stage
Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys." The following year, DeVito reprised his
acclaimed role together with former "Taxi" co-star Judd Hirsch in Los Angeles.
DeVito made his
Broadway debut in 2017 in Arthur Miller's "The Price," in the role of Gregory
him his first Tony Award nomination. He won a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics
and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his performance in the role.
He currently stars as Frank Reynolds in FXX's acclaimed cult comedy "It's Always
in Philadelphia," with season 13 debuting in September 2018.
DeVito recently reunited with director Tim Burton for the upcoming release "Dumbo,"
filmed in England and now in post-production. Also recently, he was seen in the
Comedian," with Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann, directed by Taylor Hackford.
starred in and co-produced short film "Curmudgeons," which premiered at the 2016
Festival and was later screened at the 2016 Seattle Film Festival and 2016
Festival. In 2016, DeVito also co-starred in the Todd Solondz dark comedy
He will next be heard voicing Chesterfield in the animated film "Animal
currently, is recording a character for "The One and Only Ivan." In 2012, DeVito
voiced the Lorax
in the animated feature "The Lorax," based on the book of the same name by Dr.
voice was also heard in the German, Russian, Spanish and Italian versions of the
In 2015, DeVito was executive producer on the biographical documentary "Harold
Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story."
In 2014 he co-produced the crime drama "A Walk
Tombstones" and starred in "All the Wilderness." In 2012 DeVito starred in
black-and-white crime drama, "Hotel Noir."
Throughout his career, DeVito has directed more than 25 projects, including
"Death to Smoochy," "The War of the Roses," "Hoffa," "Throw Momma From the
Ratings Game" and numerous short films, TV movies and television episodes,
DeVito runs TheBloodFactory.com, an online collaboration with screenwriter John
horror shorts he affectionately refers to as "splatter cuts." He is also the
principal of Jersey Film's
2nd Avenue, a successor company of Jersey Films. Jersey Films has produced over
pictures, including "Freedom Writers," "Be Cool," "Garden State," "Along Came
Polly," "Man on
the Moon," "Pulp Fiction," "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty," "Hoffa," "Matilda,"
"Living Out Loud" and
"Erin Brockovich," which was 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 of
"Ruthless People," "Throw Momma From the Train," "Tin Men," "Anything Else,"
"Renaissance Man," "The Big Kahuna" and "Heist." He also starred in "The Good
the Halls," "Relative Strangers," "The OH in Ohio," "Be Cool," "Nobel Son" and
DeVito attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School in
Summit, N.J., but appeared in only one school play, as St. Francis of Assisi.
After graduation, he
pursued several odd jobs, always with the idea of acting in the back of his
mind. He finally entered
the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. "They had fencing and a
speech class," he
said mockingly, "So you don't talk funny." Unable to get work, he bought a
round-trip ticket and
headed to Hollywood. After years of unemployment, he returned to New York. He
called an old
friend and former American Academy professor who, coincidentally, had been
seeking him out
for a starring role in one of three one-act plays presented together under the
title of "The Man with
the 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
Existence," "The Shrinking Bride" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
In 1975, under a grant from the American Film Institute, Danny and his wife,
Perlman, wrote and produced "Minestrone," which has been shown twice at the
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.
In 2018, the mayor of Asbury Park, New Jersey-the town in which he was raised-
declared November 17 (DeVito's birthday) as Danny DeVito day in the city of
Asbury Park, in
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