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      Danny DeVito

      Danny DeVito

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

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 17, 1944

      Birthplace: Neptune Township, New Jersey, USA

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




      No Score Yet No Score Yet Haunted Mansion College History Professor (Character) - 2023
      85% 77% The Survivor Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      No Score Yet 42% Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon Executive Producer - 2021
      71% 65% The One and Only Ivan Bob (Voice) - 2020
      71% 87% Jumanji: The Next Level Eddie (Character) $316.8M 2019
      45% 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),
      - 2016
      97% 89% Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Self - 2015
      60% 43% 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% 30% Hotel Noir Unknown (Character) - 2012
      54% 63% Dr. Seuss' the Lorax The Lorax (Voice) $213.9M 2012
      No Score Yet 62% 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 43% Housebroken Cathkart (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 29% Just Add Water Merl (Character) - 2008
      26% 44% Nobel Son Gastner (Character) $333.9K 2007
      30% 33% The Good Night Mel (Character) $22.2K 2007
      34% 51% RENO 911!: Miami District Attorney (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $20.3M 2007
      70% 87% Freedom Writers Producer $36.6M 2007
      24% 29% Even Money Walter (Character) - 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
      No Score Yet 31% Relative Strangers Frank Menure (Character),
      - 2006
      22% 62% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Booth (Character) $247.1K 2005
      30% 42% Be Cool Martin Weir (Character),
      $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
      75% 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
      51% 36% Simone Executive Producer $9.7M 2002
      42% 66% Death to Smoochy Burke (Character),
      $8.4M 2002
      26% 79% How High Producer $31.2M 2001
      68% 59% 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
      74% 71% The Big Kahuna Phil Cooper (Character) $3.2M 1999
      64% 79% Man on the Moon George Shapiro (Character),
      $34.6M 1999
      80% 81% The Virgin Suicides Dr. Horniker (Character) $4.9M 1999
      59% 62% Living Out Loud Pat Francato (Character),
      $12.9M 1998
      No Score Yet 86% The Pentagon Wars Executive Producer - 1998
      94% 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
      82% 76% Hercules Philoctetes (Voice) $99.1M 1997
      82% 87% Gattaca Producer $12.3M 1997
      14% 27% Feeling Minnesota Producer $3.1M 1996
      91% 73% Matilda Harry Wormwood/Narrator (Character),
      $33.1M 1996
      43% 63% Space Jam Mr. Swackhammer (Voice) $90.4M 1996
      56% 53% Mars Attacks! Rude Gambler (Character) $37.8M 1996
      13% 83% Sunset Park Producer $9.0M 1996
      88% 70% Get Shorty Martin Weir (Character),
      $68.8M 1995
      39% 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
      63% 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),
      $23.3M 1992
      81% 73% Batman Returns Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Character) $160.3M 1992
      31% 46% Other People's Money Lawrence Garfield (Character) $24.2M 1991
      28% 59% Jack the Bear John Leary (Character) $4.7M 1991
      85% 71% The War of the Roses Gavin D'Amato (Character),
      $84.1M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie Director - 1989
      42% 39% Twins Vincent Benedict (Character) $107.4M 1988
      78% 64% Tin Men Ernest Tilley (Character) $25.3M 1987
      64% 54% Throw Momma From the Train Owen/Ned 'Little Ned' Lift/Cousin Paddy (Character),
      $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 40% The Ratings Game Vic De Salvo (Character),
      - 1984
      86% 69% Romancing the Stone Ralph (Character) - 1984
      44% 63% Johnny Dangerously Burr (Character) - 1984
      81% 83% Terms of Endearment Vernon Dahlart (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 23% Going Ape! Lazlo (Character) - 1981
      73% 50% Goin' South Hog (Character) - 1978
      15% 53% The World's Greatest Lover Assistant Director (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 26% The Van Andy (Character) - 1977
      93% 96% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Martini (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Money Bartender (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


      No Score Yet 21% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2020 2023
      No Score Yet 31% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2007 2009 2013 2015 2019-2020 2022-2023
      86% 83% RENO 911! Unknown (Guest Star),
      Executive Producer
      2004 2008-2009 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet StoryBots: Answer Time Giuseppe the Pizza Guy (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2013 2015 2018-2019 2022
      81% 87% Little Demon Satan (Voice),
      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2017 2022
      No Score Yet 71% Reno 911! Defunded Executive Producer 2022
      94% 92% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Frank Reynolds (Character) 2006-2013 2015-2019 2021
      No Score Yet 61% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast Guest 2018
      93% 88% The Kominsky Method Dr. Wexler (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 41% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015-2017
      No Score Yet 46% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2012 2016
      85% 76% The Simpsons Herb Powell (Guest Voice) 1991-1992 2013
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009 2012
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
      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
      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
      79% 93% 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
      73% No Score Yet Pearl Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Guest 1994
      No Score Yet 79% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character),
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Director,
      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)