Danny Michael DeVito was born on November 17, 1944 in Neptune, New Jersey. Danny's first job was at his sister's beauty parlor. Here, he worked under the name of Mr. Danny and cut hair and did other odd jobs for his sister. After a short while, he knew that he couldn't stay in the parlor forever. Danny DeVito enrolled into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. His studies did not focus on acting, which you probably know him from. He wanted to be a professional make-up artist. While acting was not in his plans, Danny did do some acting there. He could have possibly been pushed by his friend and one-time roommate, Michael Douglas.

Danny worked his way up from bit parts in such films as Dreams of Glass. However, he was not happy with the small roles he received, and instead turned his focus from acting on the movie screen to acting on the stage. It would be on the stage that he would meet his future wife, Rhea Perlman.

Danny returned to the big screen in 1972. His big break would not come until 1975. In 1975 he reprised a role he performed on the stage, the role of Martini in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. This role led to the role that Danny would probably be most well known for, Louie, the obnoxious dispatcher on Taxi. It's rumored that Danny DeVito got the part when he walked into the audition, with script in hand, and exclaimed "Who wrote this sh*t?"

In the 1980's DeVito rocked on a series of comedies such as Romancing The Stone, Ruthless People, Throw Momma From the Train and co-starring with Arnold Schwartzenegger in Twins. Danny also appeared on The Simpsons twice, as Herbert Powell. Danny DeVito will always be remembered by his excellent portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot, better known as Batman nemesis The Penguin, in the movie Batman Returns.

In the 1980's, Danny branched out. He started to dabble in producing and directing. His production credits range from Quentin Tarentino's Pulp Fiction to Erin Brockavich to the marijuana loving How High, featuring rappers Redman and Method Man.

In 1982, Danny married long time girlfriend Rhea Perlman. The couple had been living together since the 70's. They co-own Jersey Productions and have three children, Lucy, Grace and Jacob. Currently, Danny is a vegetarian. He used to be a chain-smoker but managed to kick that vile addiction before The War of the Roses. In that film, he smoked cigarettes filled with chopped, dry lettuce.

Danny DeVito is 5 feet tall.

Fan Mail can be sent to this address:
C/O Creative Artists Agency
9830 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Acting-ography:

Anything Else (2003)
Scene Stealers (2002) (V) .... Himself
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) .... Famous Mini Me
Death to Smoochy (2002) .... Burke Bennett
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) .... Himself
Heist (2001/I) .... Bergman
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) .... Max Fairbanks
"Rotten TV" (2000) .... Self
Screwed (2000) .... Grover Cleaver
Drowning Mona (2000) .... Chief Wyatt Rash
Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999) (V) .... Various
Man on the Moon (1999) .... George Shapiro
The Big Kahuna (1999) .... Phil Cooper
The Virgin Suicides (1999) .... Dr. Horniker
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers (1998) (V) (uncredited) .... Winnie Esposito
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) (TV) .... Himself
Living Out Loud (1998) .... Pat 'Pattie' Francato
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero (1997) (V) (voice) .... Philoctetes
Hercules (1997/II) (VG) (voice) .... Philoctetes
The Rainmaker (1997) .... Deck Schifflet
Hercules (1997) (voice) .... Philoctetes
L.A. Confidential (1997) .... Sid Hudgens
Weird Al Yankovic: The Videos (1996) (V) .... Burr (This Is The Life)
Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Rude Gambler
Space Jam (1996) (voice) .... Swackhammer
Matilda (1996) .... Narrator/Harry Wormwood
American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, The (1995) (TV) .... Himself
Felony (1995) .... Featured Extra
Get Shorty (1995) .... Martin Weir
Junior (1994) .... Dr. Larry Arbogast
Renaissance Man (1994) .... Bill Rago
Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994) (TV) .... Himself
Look Who's Talking Now (1993) (voice) .... Rocks
Last Action Hero (1993) (uncredited) (voice) .... Whiskers
Jack the Bear (1993) .... John Leary
Hoffa (1992) .... Bobby Ciaro
Batman Returns (1992) .... The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
Other People's Money (1991) .... Lawrence Garfield
American Film Institute Salute to Kirk Douglas, The (1991) (TV) .... Himself
Earth Day Special (1990) (TV) .... Himself
Money (1990)
The War of the Roses (1989) .... Gavin D'Amato
Twins (1988) .... Vincent Benedict
Sesame Street Special (Put Down The Duckie)(1988) (TV) .... Himself
Throw Momma from the Train (1987) .... Owen/Ned 'Little Ned' Lift
Tin Men (1987) .... Ernest Tilley
Ruthless People (1986) .... Sam Stone
My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) (voice) .... Grundle King
Wise Guys (1986) .... Harry Valentini
Head Office (1985) .... Frank Stedman
The Jewel of the Nile (1985) .... Ralph
Happily Ever After (1985) (TV) (voice) .... George Johnson
Johnny Dangerously (1984) .... Burr
The Ratings Game (1984) (TV) .... Vic De Salvo
All the Kids Do It (1984) (TV) .... Ackroyd
Romancing the Stone (1984) .... Ralph
Terms of Endearment (1983) .... Vernon Dahlart
Going Ape! (1981) .... Lazlo
Ann-Margret: Hollywood Movie Girls (1980) (TV)
Valentine (1979) (TV) .... Dewey
Swap Meet (1979) .... Max
Goin' South (1978) .... Hog
"Taxi" (1978) .... Louie De Palma
The World's Greatest Lover (1977) .... Assistant Director
Deadly Hero (1976)
Selling of Vince D'Angelo (1976) (TV)
The Van (1976) .... Andy
Car Wash (1976) (scenes deleted) .... Joe Graziano
Money (1975) .... Bartender
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) .... Martini
Scalawag (1973) .... Fly Speck
Hurry Up or I'll Be 30 (1973) .... Petey
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972) .... Adrian
La Mortadella (1971) .... Fred Mancuso
Bananas (1971) (uncredited) .... Man Sitting in Honeymoon Suite
Dreams of Glass (1969) .... Thug

Production-ography

Large's Ark (2003) (producer)
The Marx Brothers (2003) (producer)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2003) (producer)
"The Funkhousers" (2002) (executive producer)
S1m0ne (2002) (Jersey Films) (executive producer)
"The American Embassy" (2002) (executive producer)
How High (2001) (producer)
"UC: Undercover" (2001) (executive producer)
"Kate Brasher" (2001) (executive producer)
The Caveman's Valentine (2001) (producer)
Erin Brockovich (2000) (producer)
Drowning Mona (2000) (executive producer)
Man on the Moon (1999) (producer)
Living Out Loud (1998) (producer)
Out of Sight (1998) (producer)
The Pentagon Wars (1998) (TV) (executive producer)
Gattaca (1997) (producer)
Feeling Minnesota (1996) (producer)
Matilda (1996) (producer)
Sunset Park (1996) (producer)
Get Shorty (1995) (producer)
Pulp Fiction (1994) (executive producer)
8 Seconds (1994) (co-producer)
Reality Bites (1994) (producer)
Hoffa (1992) (producer)

Directing-ography:

Duplex (2003)
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Matilda (1996)
Hoffa (1992)
War of the Roses, The (1989)
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
"Mary" (1985)
"Amazing Stories" (1985) (episode "Wedding Ring, The (1986)")
Ratings Game, The (1984) (TV)
"Taxi" (1978)
Selling of Vince D'Angelo (1976) (TV)

sources:
www.the-movie-times.com/thrsdir/actors/dannydevito.html
movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800019132&cf=biog&intl=us
www.hollywood.com/celebs/bio/celeb/1676252
and www.imdb.com, of course

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