Danny DeVito Biography (1944-)

Full name, Daniel Michael DeVito; born November 17, 1944, in Neptune, NJ; sonof Daniel (a small business owner) and Julia DeVito; married Rhea Perlman (an actress), January 8, 1982; children: Lucy Chet, Gracie Fan, Jacob "Jake" Daniel Sebastian. Addresses: Office: Jersey Films, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90025.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, Inc.,9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1804.; Publicist: Stan Rosenfield, Stan Rosenfield and Associates Ltd., 2029 Century Park E., Suite 1190, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
November 17, 1944
Neptune, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Thug, Dreams of Glass, Universal, 1969
  • Adrian, Hot Dogs for Gaugin (short film), 1971
  • Man sitting in honeymoon suite, Bananas, 1971
  • Fred Mancuso, Lady Liberty (also known as The Sausage and La mortadella), United Artists, 1972
  • Fly Speck, Scalawag (also known as Un magnifico ceffo di galera and Protuva), Paramount, 1973
  • Petey, Hurry Up, or I'll Be Thirty, Avco Embassy, 1973
  • Martini, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, United Artists, 1975
  • Bartender, The Money, 1975
  • Deadly Hero, 1976
  • Andy, The Van (also known as Chevy Van), Crown, 1977
  • The assistant director, The World's Greatest Lover, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Minestrone (short film), 1977
  • Hog/Clyde, Goin' South, Paramount, 1978
  • Max, Swap Meet, 1979
  • Lazlo, Going Ape!, Paramount, 1981
  • Vernon Dahlart, Terms of Endearment, Paramount, 1983
  • Ralph, Romancing the Stone (also known as 2 bribones tras la esmeralda perdida), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Burr, Johnny Dangerously, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Ralph, Jewel of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Harry Valentini, Wise Guys, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1986
  • Sam Stone, Ruthless People, Buena Vista, 1986
  • Frank Stedman, Head Office, TriStar, 1986
  • Voice of Grundle King, My Little Pony (animated), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • Ernest Tilley, Tin Men, Buena Vista, 1987
  • Owen/Ned "Little Ned" Lift, Throw Momma from the Train, Orion, 1987
  • Vincent Benedict, Twins, Universal, 1988
  • Gavin D'Amato, The War of the Roses, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Lawrence Garfield, Other People's Money, Warner Bros., 1991
  • The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot, Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Bobby Ciaro, Hoffa, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Voice of Whiskers, Last Action Hero, Columbia, 1993
  • Voice of Rocks, Look Who's Talking Now (also known as Look Who's Talking 3), TriStar, 1993
  • John Leary, Jack the Bear, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Bill Rago, Renaissance Man (also known as Army Intelligenceand By the Book), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Dr. Larry Arbogast, Junior, Universal, 1995
  • Extra, Felony, New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Martin Weir, Get Shorty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995
  • Harry Wormwood and narrator, Matilda (also known as Roald Dahl's Matilda), TriStar, 1996
  • Voice of Swackhammer, Space Jam (animated), Warner Bros., 1996
  • Rude gambler, Mars Attacks!, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Voice of Philoctetes, Hercules (animated), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Sid Hudgens, L.A. Confidential, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Deck Shifflet, The Rainmaker (also known as John Grisham's TheRainmaker), Paramount, 1997
  • Pat "Pattie" Francato, Living Out Loud, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • George Shapiro, Man on the Moon (also known as Der Mondmann), MCA/Universal, 1999
  • Grover Cleaver, Screwed (also known as Pittsburgh), MCA/Universal, 1999
  • Dr. Hornicker, The Virgin Suicides (also known as Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides), Paramount, 2000
  • Phil Cooper, The Big Kahuna, Lions Gate Films, 2000
  • Chief Wyatt Rash, Drowning Mona, Destination Films, 2000
  • Max Fairbanks, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Mickey Bergman, Heist, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Burke Bennett, Death to Smoochy, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Himself, Austin Powers in Goldmember, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Anything Else, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Amos, Big Fish, Columbia, 2003
  • Film Executive Producer
  • Eight Seconds (also known as Eight Seconds to Glory and The Lane Frost Story), New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Pulp Fiction, Miramax, 1994
  • Drowning Mona, Destination Films, 2000
  • S1m0ne, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Film Producer
  • Minestrone (short film), 1975
  • (With Rhea Perlman) The Sound Sleeper (short film), 1977
  • (With Edward R. Pressman and Caldecott Chubb; and director) Hoffa,Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Reality Bites, Universal, 1994
  • Sunset Park, TriStar, 1995
  • Get Shorty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995
  • (And director) Matilda (also known as Roald Dahl's Matilda), TriStar, 1996
  • Feeling Minnesota, Fine Line, 1996
  • Sunset Park, 1996
  • Gattaca, Columbia, 1997
  • Out of Sight, MCA/Universal, 1998
  • Living Out Loud, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Man on the Moon (also known as Der Mondmann), MCA/Universal, 1999
  • Erin Brockovich, MCA/Universal, 2000
  • The Caveman's Valentine, MCA/Universal, 2001
  • How High, MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Camp, 2003
  • A Walk among the Tombstones, Universal, 2003
  • The Marx Brothers, MCA/Universal, 2003
  • Large's Ark, Universal, 2003
  • Film Director
  • Throw Momma from the Train, Orion, 1987
  • The War of the Roses, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Death to Smoochy, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Duplex, Miramax, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • All That Glitters, syndicated, 1977
  • Louie De Palma, Taxi, ABC, 1978-1982, then NBC, 1982-1983
  • Episodic
  • John DeAppoliso, "The Collector," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1977
  • "Death Game," Police Woman, NBC, 1977
  • Alan Swathmore, "The Out of Town Trip," The Associates, c. 1979
  • The Midnight Special, 1981
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1982
  • Herbert, "The Wedding Ring," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1987
  • Voice of Herbert Powell, "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1989
  • Voice of Herbert Powell, "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1992
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1993
  • The Full Wax, 1993
  • Himself, "The Gift Episode," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • Late Show with David Letterman, multiple episodes, between 1994 and 2001
  • Dean Martin, Pearl, CBS, 1996
  • Clive Anderson All Talk, 1996
  • Dr. Jack Carmichael, "Human Nature," Ed, NBC, 2002
  • Appeared in the series Rotten TV and Sesame Street; also made numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live, NBC.
  • Specials
  • Ann-Margret: Hollywood Movie Girls, ABC, 1980
  • The Selling of Vince D'Angelo, Showtime, 1982
  • Ackroyd, "All the Kids Do It," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1984
  • Voice of George Johnson, "Happily Ever After," WonderWorks, PBS, 1985
  • The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special, ABC, 1986
  • Our Kids and the Best of Everything, ABC, 1987
  • A Very Special Christmas Party, ABC, 1988
  • Sesame Street Special (also known as Put Down the Duckie),PBS, 1988
  • Voice of George Johnson, "Two Daddies?," WonderWorks, PBS, 1989
  • Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89, Fox, 1989
  • Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special, ABC, 1990
  • The Siskel and Ebert Special, CBS, 1990
  • Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (also known as Frank Sinatra: 75th Birthday Celebration), CBS, 1990
  • First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1991
  • Rock the Vote, Fox, 1992
  • Hollywood Hotshots, Fox, 1992
  • The Bat, the Cat, and the Penguin, CBS, 1992
  • Back to School '92 (also known as Education First!), CBS, 1992
  • The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993
  • Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview, CBS, 1994
  • "Worm TV" deejay, Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (also known as All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and StreetForever!), ABC, 1994
  • Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Hercules," The Disney Channel,1997
  • Aliens Invade Hollywood, The Learning Channel, 1997
  • Take a Moment, The Disney Channel, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman, NBC, 1998
  • Winnie Esposito, Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers, NBC,1998
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniverary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Marilu Henner, Lifetime, 1999
  • Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001
  • What Is a Producer?, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • South Park 5th Anniversary Special, 2002
  • Reel Comedy: Death to Smoochy, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Also narrator of the special Man on the Moon Marathon, TV Land.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 40th Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1988
  • The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1988
  • "Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards," The Magical World of Disney, The Disney Channel, 1990
  • The 19th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Kirk Douglas (also known as The American Film Institute Salute to Kirk Douglas), CBS, 1991
  • Best of Taxi, CBS, 1994
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (also knownas The AFI Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1996
  • The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) 13th Annual Hall ofFame (also known as ATAS Hall of Fame Awards), Showtime, 1998
  • Presenter, The 40th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1998
  • Other
  • Dewey, Valentine (movie), ABC, 1979
  • Vic DeSalvo, The Ratings Game (movie; also known as The Mogul), The Movie Channel, 1984
  • Himself, Bette (pilot), CBS, 2000
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001
  • UC: Undercover, NBC, 2001
  • The American Embassy, 2002
  • The Funkhousers, ABC, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Director, "The Wedding Ring," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • Produced an episode of Likely Stories; directed episodes of Mary, CBS, and Taxi.
  • Other
  • Director, The Ratings Game (movie; also known as The Mogul), The Movie Channel, 1984
  • Director, The Selling of Vince D'Angelo (special), Showtime, 1992
  • Executive producer, The Pentagon Wars (movie), HBO, 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Man with a Flower in His Mouth, Sheridan Square Playhouse, NewYork City, 1969
  • Richie, The Shrinking Bride, Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Anthony Martini, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Mercer-HansberryTheatre, New York City, 1971
  • Charley and the Dauphin of France, DuBarry Was a Lady, Master Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Ashtoroth, A Phantasmagoria Historia of D. Johann Magister, Ph.D., M.D., D.D., D.L., Etc., Truck and Warehouse Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Rugby, The Merry Wives of Windsor, New York Shakespeare Festival,Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Whimsey, Where Do We Go from Here?, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Call Me Charlie, Performing Garage Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Three by Pirandello, Colonnades Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Glengarry Glen Ross, Broadway production, 2002
  • Also appeared in the plays A Comedy of Errors, Down the MorningLine, and The Line of Least Resistance.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Burr, "This Is the Life," "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos, 1996
  • Voice of Philoctetes, Hercules (video game), 1997
  • Voice of Philoctetes, Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero, 1997
  • Saturday Night Live Christmas, Trimark Video, 1999
  • Scene Stealers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002
  • Appeared in the music videos "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr., "Victory"by Puff Daddy, and "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" by BillyOcean.
  • WRITINGS
  • Films
  • Script, The Sound Sleeper (short film), 1977
  • Song, "The Mymie Mymie Song," Screwed (also known as Pittsburgh), MCA/Universal, 1999

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Film, September, 1989, p. 42
    • Empire, Issue 46, 1993, p. 47
    • New York Times, September 8, 1991
    • People Weekly, May 11, 1998, p. 250; November 16, 1998, p. 31
    • Playboy, February, 1993, pp. 51-64
    • Premiere, December, 1997, p. 68
    • Radio Times, September 28, 2002, p. 56
    • Starlog, October, 1992
    Electronic
    • Cigar Aficionado, http://www.cigaraficionado.com, October 15, 1998

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