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Danny DeVito in TWINS.

About Danny DeVito (1944 – )

His birth name was Daniel Michael DeVito Jr.

Danny DeVito was born in Neptune, New Jersey, and grew up in Asbury, New Jersey, in an Italian American family. His mother, Julia, was a homemaker and his father, Daniel Sr., was a business owner. Danny has am older sister.

He came to acting through cosmetology, a skill he learned at his sister's beauty salon. He achieved in getting his license. While pursuing cosmetology at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he jumped tracks, and embraced acting as a career.

What a career Danny DeVito has had, playing slimy, greedy, self-centered and ruthless characters; in mostly a comedic way. Always entertaining, DeVito shines in usually creating a comedic villain, such as in the film, RUTHLESS PEOPLE.

Like many actors, DeVito found at first more success on the stage, on Off-Broadway; from 1969-1975. He was in THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH, followed by THE SHRINKING BRIDE, and LADY LIBERTY.

In 1975, DeVito was a supporting actor in the movie ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. While this role didn't advance his career as he had hoped, three years later he won a plum role on the TV series, TAXI;(1978), that was a great choice to propel his career.

DeVito achieved fame, playing Louie De Palma; a taxi dispatcher with an attitude. For this role, he was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1979, won a Gloden Globe in 1980, and won an EMMY Award in 1981.

During the 1980s, more award nominations came his way. RUTHLESS PEOPLE;(1986), and THROW MAMA FROM THE TRAIN;(1987) drew acclaim and popularity. Each earned Danny a Golden Globe Nomination, and an American Comedy Award.

Danny DeVito is married to actress Rhea Pearlman, and they have three children. In 1992, the couple founded Jersey Films, producing such hits as PULP FICTION, GET SHORTY and ERIN BROCKOVICH; a film that earned a BAFTA nomination in 2001.

The year 1992 was a very busy one for Danny.  In 1992, Danny and Rhea founded Jersey Films, producing such hits as PULP FICTION, GET SHORTY and ERIN BROCKOVICH; a film that earned a BAFTA nomination. Danny DeVito played the grotesque villain, "The Penguin," who threatens to take over Gotham City, in Tim Burton's BATMAN RETURNS.
Danny DeVito directed Jack Nicholson in the film, HOFFA. Jack Nicholson earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

In the 1997 movie, LA CONFIDENTIAL, starring Kim Basinger and Kevin Spacey, DeVito plays Sid Hudgens, the editor of a sleazy tabloid, whose lust for a story leads him into a world of crime that he has difficulty extracting himself from.

Danny DeVito's notable movie credits include...

ALL THE WILDERNESS (2014)
SALINGER (2013)
GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR (2011)
WHEN IN ROME (2010)
SOLITARY MAN (2009)
HOUSE BROKEN (2009)
JUST ADD WATER (2008)
NOBEL SON (2007)
THE GOOD NIGHT (2007)
DECK THE HALLS (2006)
10 ITEMS OR LESS (2006)
RELATIVE STRANGERS (2006)
EASY MONEY (2006)
THE OH IN OHIO (2006)
BE COOL (2005)
MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL (2005)
CHRISTMAS IN LOVE (2004)
CATCHING KRINGLE (2004)
BAD BOY'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY (2004)
FAMILY OF THE YEAR (2004)
BIG FISH (2003)
DUPLEX (2003)
ANYTHING ELSE (2003)
AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (2002)
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997)
MARS ATTACKS! (1996)
GET SHORTY (1995)
HOFFA (1992)
BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY (1991)
THE WAR OF THE ROSES (1989)
TWINS (1988)
THROW MAMA FROM THE TRAIN (1987)
RUTHLESS PEOPLE (1986)
THE JEWEL OF THE NILE (1985)
ROMANCING THE STONE (1984)
GOIN' SOUTH (1978)
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
BANANAS (1971) (uncredited)


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Danny DeVito in HOFFA (1992).

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Danny DeVito in RUTHLESS PEOPLE.

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DeVito in his AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (2002) cameo.


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Danny DeVito in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL.

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DeVito in BATMAN RETURNS (1992).

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Danny DeVito in ROMANCING THE STONE.

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Danny DeVito in BIG FISH (2003).

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TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983).

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Danny DeVito in JEWEL OF THE NILE.

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Danny DeVito in GET SHORTY (1995).

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DeVito in THROW MAMA FROM THE TRAIN (1987).

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Danny DeVito in TWINS (1988).

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