Danny DeVito biography


Danny DeVito

Date of Birth: November 17, 1944

Small in stature, long in talent, this Neptune, New Jersey native stands only 5'1" tall. Danny DeVito's first training was not in acting but, rather, in hairdressing at the Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture. From there, at the age of 18, he began his working life as a hairdresser in his sister's beauty salon. It would be another five years and some acting classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before Danny would make his stage debut.

The following year, 1970, he began to get small film roles until he repeated his stage role in the film version of the Ken Kesey novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. His performance earned him rave reviews and more film work. He also branched out into TV, winning both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Louie De Palma in the hit TV series, Taxi (1978-83).

He later branched out into directing (The War of the Roses , Matilda , Duplex ) and producing (Erin Brockovich , Along Came Polly , Be Cool ), but continues to act in both movies and on television. He stars in the hit FX comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2006-present) as the off-beat and often outspoken Frank Reynolds and has appeared in such movies as Big Fish (2003), When in Rome (2010) and voiced the titular character in the animated film, The Lorax (2012).

Most recently, Danny lent his voice to the animated children's film Smallfoot (2018) as the yeti Dorgle, father to Channing Tatum's character, Migo, and will return to theaters Dumbo (2019), the live-action remake of the original Disney classic.

Danny married actress Rhea Perlman in 1982. The couple have three children together: Lucy, Grace and Jacob. In 2012, after 30 years of marriage, Danny and Perlman separated and briefly reconciled in 2013 before separating again in 2017. However they did not file for divorce and have since reportedly reconciled once again.

About his career choices, Danny says, "I usually try to find the redemptive qualities in the guys I play so that I can have a good sleep at night."