Danny Devito is the famous American actor and filmmaker with an extensive career. He got his start on the road to fame when he first starred on the TV show Taxi. Many people may recognize him for starring in a popular comedy show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
In the Beginning
Danny Devito (real name Daniel Michael DeVito Jr.) was born on November 17, 1944 in Neptune, New Jersey. He was raised by his father, Danny Sr. and his mother Julia. His father worked as a small business owner who took on different ventures like a pool hall, dry cleaners, dairy outlet, and luncheonette. Danny Devito attended the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grammar School. He also attended the Oratory Prep High School in Summit, New Jersey. It was here he started to give acting a try. Starring in a couple of school productions such as the Billion Dollar Saint and St. Francis of Assisi.
Danny Devito is only five feet tall, but when he was younger he wished to be taller. As he puts it:
“I was plagued; I couldn’t slow-dance with the girls I wanted to because my face would be in a spot where I might be thought of as moving too fast.”
His height made him a prime target for bullies as well, but he often had friends who would back him up.
Even though he acted in high school and graduated in 1962. He did not consider acting as the right career path for him. He was not interested in going to college either. His sister was the one who mentioned he work as a hairdresser for the salon she owned.
He worked for 18 months at the salon before he decided to go into cosmetics. He applied for makeup classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Applicants had to perform a monologue in order to get into the school’s programs. He received positive feedback for his monologue, and decided to take up acting classes too.
Devito graduated from the American Academy in 1966. He did not land a film role at first though. He was able to land a few parts in off Broadway parts at first. His big break came when he scored the role of Martini in the off Broadway production based off of Ken Kesey’s classic novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest received five Academy Awards in 1976, and brought Danny Devito into the spotlight. He auditioned for the NBC series Taxi in 1978. The show was on the air for five years, and won him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1981. He starred in several other hit productions like the film Terms of Endearment in 1983. He played The Penguin in Batman Returns in 1992 too.
Most Known For
Danny Devito has starred in many major films. He starred in a 1988 comedy Twins with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2005, he saw a major return to television in 2005 when he starred in the FX series called It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A few recent films he’s starred in is Solitary Man in 2009 and When in Rome in 2010.
Current Personal Life
When he was still acting in a 1970 off Broadway production of The Shrinking Bride. He met Rhea Perlman at the time. Two weeks after they had met, the two moved in together. They married in 1982 and had three children. In October 2012, the two announced they were splitting up. In 2013 however, they reunited after a few months.
Where Are They Now
Danny Devito has not only been an excellent actor, but a producer and director as well. His debut as a director was with a dark comedy called Throw Momma from the Train. He’s directed a few other films as well. Even producing some good films like Pulp Fiction in 1994 and Be Cool in 2005. He has over three decades of being in the movie industry, and he sums up pretty well:
“Hollywood is a jungle. It’s full of quicksand, vermin and flesh-eating beasts. Making a movie is not a walk in the park. Every movie is like navigating treacherous terrain. Fighting a battle and winning is fun. And this business is fun. I love it. It’s the greatest business in the world.”