Danny DeVito

Biography: Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey. His father, Daniel, Sr., was a small business owner whose ventures included a dry cleaning shop, a dairy outlet, a diner, and a pool hall. His mother, Julia, was a homemaker.

While growing up in Asbury Park, his parents sent him to private schools. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School. Following graduation in 1962, he took a job as a cosmetician at his sister's beauty salon. A year later, he enrolled at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts so he could learn more about cosmetology. While at the academy, he fell in love with acting and decided to further pursue an acting career. During this time, he met another aspiring actor Michael Douglas at the National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. The two would later go on to collaborate on numerous projects. Soon after he also met an actress named Rhea Perlman. The two fell in loved
Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey. His father, Daniel, Sr., was a small business owner whose ventures included a dry cleaning shop, a dairy outlet, a diner, and a pool hall. His mother, Julia, was a homemaker.

While growing up in Asbury Park, his parents sent him to private schools. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School.

Following graduation in 1962, he took a job as a cosmetician at his sister's beauty salon. A year later, he enrolled at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts so he could learn more about cosmetology. While at the academy, he fell in love with acting and decided to further pursue an acting career. During this time, he met another aspiring actor Michael Douglas at the National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. The two would later go on to collaborate on numerous projects.

Soon after he also met an actress named Rhea Perlman. The two fell in loved and moved in together. They would later get married and have three children.

In 1968, Danny landed his first part in a movie when he appeared as a thug in the obscure Dreams of Glass (1970). Despite this minor triumph, Danny became discouraged with the film industry and decided to focus on stage productions.

He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1969 in "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth." He followed this up with stage roles in "The Shrinking Bride," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Lady Liberty."

In 1975, he was approached by director Milos Forman and Michael Douglas about reprising his role in the film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), which would star Jack Nicholson in the leading role. With box office success almost guaranteed and a chance for national exposure, Danny agreed to the role. The movie became a huge hit, both critically and financially, and still ranks today as one the greatest movies of all time.

Unfortunately, the movie did very little to help Danny's career. In the years following, he was relegated to small movie roles and guest appearances on television shows.

His big break came in 1978 when he auditioned for a role on an ABC sitcom pilot called "Taxi" (1978), which centered around taxi cab drivers at a New York City garage. Danny auditioned for the role of dispatcher Louie DePalma. At the audition, the producers told Danny that he needed to show more attitude in order to get the part. He then slammed down the script and yelled, "Who wrote this sh**?" The producers, realizing he was perfect for the part, brought him on board.

The show was a huge success, running from 1978 to 1983. Louie DePalma, played flawlessly by Danny, became one of the most memorable (and reviled) characters in television history. While he was universally hated by TV viewers, he was well-praised by critics, winning an Emmy award and being nominated three other times.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Danny maintained his status as a great character actor with memorable roles in movies like Romancing the Stone (1984), Ruthless People (1986), Throw Momma from the Train (1987) and _Twins (1988)_ . He also had a great deal of success behind the camera, directing movies like The War of the Roses (1989) and Hoffa (1992).

In 1992, Danny was introduced to a new generation of moviegoers, when he was given the role of The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot in Tim Burton's highly successful Batman Returns (1992). This earned him a nomination for Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards.

That same year, along with his wife Rhea Perlman, Danny co-founded Jersey Films, which has produced many popular films and TV shows, including Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995), Man on the Moon (1999) and Erin Brockovich (2000).

Despite being a diminutive 5' tall, overweight and balding, Danny has managed to overcome long odds to become one of Hollywoods most versatile actors. These days, he continues to work with many of today's top talents as an actor, director and producer.
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Danny DeVito's Scores

Average career score: 75
Highest Metascore: 86 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9
Lowest Metascore: 64 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
6 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 12 Jan 4, 2017 Frank Reynolds 8.0
tbd It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 11 Jan 6, 2016 Frank Reynolds 8.4
tbd It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10 Jan 14, 2015 Frank Reynolds 8.0
86 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 Sep 4, 2013 Frank Reynolds 8.3
tbd It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 8 Oct 11, 2012 Frank Reynolds (Season 2+) 9.0
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 37 Sep 24, 2011 Himself 5.9
tbd It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 7 Sep 15, 2011 Frank Reynolds 8.7
84 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 6 Sep 16, 2010 Frank Reynolds (Season 2+) 9.1
78 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 5 Sep 17, 2009 Frank Reynolds (Season 2+) 9.0
69 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4 Sep 18, 2008 Frank Reynolds (Season 2+) 9.0
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 16 Sep 2, 2008 Guest tbd
tbd It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3 Sep 13, 2007 Frank Reynolds (Season 2+) 9.3
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 15 Sep 4, 2007 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 14 Aug 28, 2006 Guest tbd
70 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 2 Jun 29, 2006 Frank Reynolds (Season 2) 9.1
64 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 1 Aug 4, 2005 Frank Reynolds 9.0
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 11 Sep 1, 2003 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 8 Aug 21, 2000 Guest tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 25 Sep 26, 1999 Himself tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 7 Sep 7, 1999 Guest tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 24 Sep 26, 1998 Himself tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 6 Aug 31, 1998 Guest tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 23 Sep 27, 1997 Al Goldstein tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 5 Sep 1, 1997 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 3 Sep 4, 1995 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 2 Aug 29, 1994 Guest 10
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 18 Sep 26, 1992 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 17 Sep 28, 1991 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 14 Oct 8, 1988 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 13 Oct 17, 1987 Himself tbd

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