Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito

Highest Rated: 99% L.A. Confidential (1997)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Nov 17, 1944

Birthplace: Neptune Township, New Jersey, United States

A raucous presence on television and feature films for decades, Danny DeVito transitioned from Emmy-winning comic actor on "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983) to bona fide movie star with "Ruthless People" (1987) and assured feature director ("Throw Momma from the Train," 1987) and producer of such hits as "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and "Man on the Moon" (1999). Born Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr., in an Italian household in Neptune Township, New Jersey on November 17, 1944, he gave his first performances as a student at Oratory Prep High School in Summit, New Jersey. Short of build - he stood 4'10" as a result of the genetic disorder known as Fairbank's disease - and a moderate student, he initially pursued a career as a hairdresser at his sister's salon, which led to studying cosmetics at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Applicants were required to perform a monologue in order to enter the school's various programs, and the response he received for his audition convinced him that acting might be his career of choice. After completing his studies at the American Academy, DeVito made the rounds with East Coast theater companies, including the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, where he befriended fellow aspiring actor Michael Douglas, and the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective, where he met his future wife, actress Rhea Perlman. After a short stint in Los Angeles, DeVito returned to New York and made his screen acting debut in the independent film "Dreams of Glass" (1970). More minor roles in obscure films followed before Douglas cast him as a mental hospital patient in Milos Forman's adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). The popularity of the film led to character turns on television and in features, but his true breakout role came in 1978 when he was cast as Louie DePalma, the short-fused dispatcher for a New York taxi company on "Taxi." DeVito reaped numerous award nominations, including Emmy and Golden Globe wins in 1980 and 1981, and parlayed his popularity on the show into steady work as a character actor in features. He was a natural for abrasive, manipulative figures like the scheming con man on Douglas's train in "Romancing the Stone" (1984), but also showed a more kindly side in "Terms of Endearment" (1983) and Brian DePalma's "Wise Guys" (1986). During this period, DeVito also began making inroads to a directorial career: he helmed and starred in segments of a Cinemax anthology series called "Likely Stories" (1983), and made his feature-length debut in "The Ratings Game" (Showtime, 1984), a satire of the television business co-starring Pearlman. After starring in the big-screen comedies "Ruthless People" and "Tin Men" (1987), DeVito made his own feature debut as director with "Throw Momma from the Train," a skewed take on Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1954) with DeVito roping Billy Crystal into a plan to murder his domineering mother. A surprise hit, it spurred DeVito to launch his own production company, Jersey Films, with Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, which oversaw a remarkable array of popular films in the 1990s, including "Reality Bites" (1991), "Pulp Fiction," "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Man on the Moon," which featured DeVito playing himself opposite Jim Carrey as his "Taxi" co-star, Andy Kaufman. During this period, DeVito continued to not only act in features, including two inspired turns opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Twins" (1988) and "Junior" (1994), as well as Norman Jewison's "Other People's Money" (1991) and a show-stopping performance as the disfigured Penguin in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992). DeVito also maintained his directorial career, turning the bitter comedy "The War of the Roses" (1989), which reunited him with his "Romancing" co-stars Douglas and Kathleen Turner, as well as an impressive crime epic in "Hoffa" (1992), with Jack Nicholson as the labor chief, and "Matilda" (1996), a spry and charming adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. DeVito continued on this exceptionally busy path into the new millennium, and if some of his efforts as director, producer and actor were only middling - "Drowning Mona" (2000) and "Death to Smoochy" (2002) were just two of the many that failed to find an audience - the projects that did score as hits, like "Erin Brockovich" (2000), "Garden State" (2004) and "Reno 911!" (Comedy Central, 2003-09), which he produced, or "LA Confidential" (1997), the Disney animated feature "Hercules" (1997) and David Mamet's "Heist" (2002), all of which featured in character roles, were memorable. In 2006, he returned to network television as Glenn Howerton and Kaitlin Olson's perversely odd father on the cult comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX, 2005- ). But he remained doggedly active in all other areas of his career, logging voice-acting roles in "The Lorax" (2012) and producing numerous shorts and television episodes, while choosing to appear in an array of diverse live-action projects, including Todd Solondz's "Wiener-Dog" (2017), Burton's "Dumbo" (2019) and "Jumanji: The Next Level" (2019), as well as several episodes of Douglas's Netflix series, "The Kominsky Method" (2018- ). He also returned to feature directing after a 16-year absensce with the post-apocalypse drama "St. Sebastian."

Highest rated movies

L.A. Confidential
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ruthless People
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton Matilda Get Shorty
The War of the Roses
Romancing the Stone

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon Executive Producer - 2021
75% No Score Yet The Survivor Unknown (Character) - 2021
71% 66% The One and Only Ivan Bob (Voice) - 2020
71% 87% Jumanji: The Next Level Eddie (Character) $316.8M 2019
46% 48% Dumbo Max Medici (Character) $114.8M 2019
76% 62% Smallfoot Dorgle (Voice) $83.2M 2018
64% 78% Animal Crackers Chesterfield (Voice) - 2017
92% 87% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton Unknown (Character) - 2017
24% 28% The Comedian Jimmy Berkowitz (Character) $1.7M 2016
74% 41% Wiener-Dog Dave Schmerz (Character) $445.4K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curmudgeons Unknown (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 2016
97% 89% Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Self - 2015
60% 42% All the Wilderness Dr. Pembry (Character) - 2014
68% 53% A Walk Among the Tombstones Producer $26.0M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Spirit: Christmas in New York Unknown (Character) - 2012
13% 28% Hotel Noir Unknown (Character) - 2012
54% 63% Dr. Seuss' the Lorax The Lorax (Voice) $213.9M 2012
No Score Yet 58% Girl Walks Into a Bar Aldo (Character) - 2011
17% 41% When in Rome Al (Character) $32.7M 2010
78% 50% Solitary Man Jimmy (Character) $4.4M 2009
No Score Yet 44% Housebroken Cathkart (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 29% Just Add Water Merl (Character) - 2008
26% 44% Nobel Son Gastner (Character) $333.9K 2007
31% 33% The Good Night Mel (Character) $22.2K 2007
34% 51% RENO 911!: Miami District Attorney (Character),
Producer,
Executive Producer
$20.3M 2007
70% 87% Freedom Writers Producer $36.6M 2007
24% 29% Even Money Walter (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 31% Relative Strangers Frank Menure (Character),
Producer
- 2006
23% 35% The Oh in Ohio Wayne the Pool Guy (Character) - 2006
63% 65% 10 Items or Less Big D (Character) $81.4K 2006
6% 30% Deck the Halls Buddy Hall (Character) $35.1M 2006
22% 61% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Booth (Character) $247.1K 2005
30% 42% Be Cool Martin Weir (Character),
Producer
$55.8M 2005
86% 88% Garden State Executive Producer $26.8M 2004
27% 47% Along Came Polly Producer $87.9M 2004
No Score Yet 12% Christmas in Love Brad (Character) - 2004
76% 89% Big Fish Amos Calloway (Character) $66.3M 2003
35% 40% Duplex Director $9.7M 2003
40% 44% Anything Else Harvey (Character) $3.2M 2003
64% 68% Camp Producer $1.6M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our House Director - 2003
50% 36% Simone Executive Producer $9.7M 2002
42% 66% Death to Smoochy Burke (Character),
Director
$8.4M 2002
26% 79% How High Producer $31.2M 2001
66% 60% Heist Bergman (Character) $23.5M 2001
10% 35% What's the Worst That Could Happen? Max Fairbanks (Character) $32.3M 2001
45% 52% The Caveman's Valentine Producer $687.1K 2001
10% 48% Screwed Grover Cleaver (Character) $7.0M 2000
85% 81% Erin Brockovich Producer $125.5M 2000
29% 46% Drowning Mona Chief Wyatt Rash (Character),
Executive Producer
$15.4M 2000
73% 71% The Big Kahuna Phil Cooper (Character) $3.2M 1999
64% 79% Man on the Moon George Shapiro (Character),
Producer
$34.6M 1999
77% 81% The Virgin Suicides Dr. Horniker (Character) $4.9M 1999
59% 62% Living Out Loud Pat Francato (Character),
Producer
$12.9M 1998
No Score Yet 86% The Pentagon Wars Executive Producer - 1998
93% 74% Out of Sight Producer $37.5M 1998
99% 94% L.A. Confidential Sid Hudgens (Character) $64.6M 1997
82% 78% John Grisham's The Rainmaker Deck Shifflet (Character) $45.9M 1997
84% 76% Hercules Philoctetes (Voice) $99.1M 1997
83% 87% Gattaca Producer $12.3M 1997
14% 27% Feeling Minnesota Producer $3.1M 1996
90% 73% Matilda Harry Wormwood/Narrator (Character),
Director
$33.1M 1996
45% 63% Space Jam Mr. Swackhammer (Voice) $90.4M 1996
13% 83% Sunset Park Producer $9.0M 1996
55% 53% Mars Attacks! Rude Gambler (Character) $37.8M 1996
88% 70% Get Shorty Martin Weir (Character),
Producer
$68.8M 1995
36% 22% Junior Dr. Larry Arbogast (Character) $36.7M 1994
92% 96% Pulp Fiction Executive Producer - 1994
12% 53% Renaissance Man Bill Rago (Character) $24.2M 1994
64% 74% Reality Bites Producer $20.0M 1994
0% 29% Look Who's Talking Now Rocks (Character) $9.4M 1993
52% 59% Hoffa Bobby Ciaro (Character),
Director,
Producer
$23.3M 1992
80% 73% Batman Returns Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Character) $160.3M 1992
31% 46% Other People's Money Lawrence Garfield (Character) $24.2M 1991
29% 59% Jack the Bear John Leary (Character) $4.7M 1991
85% 71% The War of the Roses Gavin D'Amato (Character),
Director
$84.1M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie Director - 1989
43% 39% Twins Vincent Benedict (Character) $107.4M 1988
77% 64% Tin Men Ernest Tilley (Character) $25.3M 1987
63% 54% Throw Momma From the Train Owen/Ned 'Little Ned' Lift/Cousin Paddy (Character),
Director
$54.4M 1987
No Score Yet 72% My Little Pony Grundle King (Voice) $4.4M 1986
31% 41% Wise Guys Harry Valentini (Character) $7.0M 1986
0% 28% Head Office Frank Stedman (Character) $3.4M 1986
93% 72% Ruthless People Sam Stone (Character) $70.9M 1986
46% 37% The Jewel of the Nile Ralph (Character) $65.5M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie II Herbert (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 33% The Ratings Game Vic De Salvo (Character),
Director
- 1984
85% 69% Romancing the Stone Ralph (Character) - 1984
44% 63% Johnny Dangerously Burr (Character) - 1984
78% 83% Terms of Endearment Vernon Dahlart (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 23% Going Ape! Lazlo (Character) - 1981
73% 50% Goin' South Hog (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 27% The Van Andy (Character) - 1977
15% 53% The World's Greatest Lover Assistant Director (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Money Bartender (Character) - 1975
94% 96% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Martini (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 Petey (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Liberty Fred Mancuso (Character) - 1972

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 92% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Frank Reynolds (Character) 2006-2013 2015-2019 2021
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2020
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2007 2009 2013 2015 2019-2020
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2013 2015 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Couch Surfing Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pop Life Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jonathan Ross Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast Guest 2018
93% 83% The Kominsky Method Dr. Wexler (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2017
No Score Yet 54% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015-2017
No Score Yet 41% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2012 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2016
85% 75% The Simpsons Herb Powell (Guest Voice) 1991-1992 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Guest 2012
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009 2012
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
Host
1982-1983 1987-1988 1993 1999 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
86% 81% RENO 911! Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
2004 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2006
30% No Score Yet Father of the Pride Unknown (Guest Voice) 2004
95% No Score Yet Karen Sisco Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
2003-2004
82% 94% Friends Roy, the Stripper (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
20% 100% UC: Undercover Executive Producer 2001-2002
23% No Score Yet Kate Brasher Executive Producer 2001
62% No Score Yet Bette Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pearl Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Guest 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1986-1988
No Score Yet 100% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character),
Director
1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Director,
Writer
1985
No Score Yet 100% Taxi Louie De Palma (Character) 1978-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Napoleon (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Associates Unknown (Guest Star)