Danny Devito Daughter: The American actor, comedian, director, producer, and screenwriter Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. is also known as Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. He rose to notoriety as the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he received both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his performance. He is best known for his role as Frank Reynolds on the FX and FXX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which he has played since 2006.
In 2017, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price, which received positive reviews. Jersey Films was formed by Danny DeVito and Michael Shamberg.
Stacey Sher was promoted to the position of an equal partner shortly after. Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers are among the films produced by the production company. DeVito also controlled Jersey Television, which was responsible for the production of the Comedy Central sitcom Reno 911!
DeVito and his wife Rhea Perlman co-starred in DeVito’s 1996 picture Matilda, which was based on Roald Dahl’s children’s story of the same name. DeVito was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture for his work in Erin Brockovich, for which he was one of the producers.
Mr. Daniel DeVito Jr., a small company owner, and Julia DeVito (née Moccello) raised DeVito in Neptune Township, New Jersey, where he was raised by his parents. Born to parents and two elder sisters, he grew up in a family of five with his siblings. He is of Italian descent; his ancestors are from the town of San Fele in the province of Basilicata, as well as the province of Calabria. He grew up in the New Jersey town of Asbury Park.
DeVito was brought up as a practicing Catholic. He persuaded his father to send him to boarding school when he was 14 years old in order to “keep him out of trouble,” and he graduated from Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, New Jersey, in 1962 with honors. While working as a beautician at his sister’s salon, he began looking for a professional makeup tutor, which led him to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1966.
At the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, he began his professional theatre career by performing with the Colonnades Theater Lab. He appeared in plays staged by the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective, where he met his future wife, Rhea Perlman, who would become his wife.
DeVito reprised his role as Martini in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which was based on the 1971 off-Broadway play of the same name, which he had originated in the play.
Immediately following his departure from the Taxi series, DeVito concentrated his efforts on his burgeoning film career, appearing as Vernon Dalhart in the 1983 hit Terms of Endearment; as the comic rogue Ralph in the romantic adventure Romancing the Stone (1984), starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; and in the sequel, The Jewel of the Nile (1985), starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner (1985).
The dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, in which DeVito co-starred with Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey, was released in 1986, and DeVito made his directorial debut with the film Ruthless People, which starred Bette Midler and Judge Reinhold. After two years apart, he rejoined with Douglas and Turner in The War of the Roses (1989), a film in which he directed and co-starred alongside Douglas and Turner.