Danny DeVito

Biography

DeVito was born in Neptune, New Jersey to Italian-American Catholic parents. He boarded at Oratory Preparatory School, in Summit, New Jersey, graduating in 1961. He married actress Rhea Perlman on January 28, 1982. They have three children, Lucie Chet DeVito (born March 1983), who graduated from Brown University in 2005, Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985) and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987), who currently attends Oberlin College in Ohio. After Taxi, DeVito launched a successful movie career, beginning as the comic rogue in the 1984 romantic adventure Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. All three reprised their roles in the 1985 sequel, The Jewel of the Nile. In 1987, DeVito made his feature directing debut on dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, in which he additionally starred, opposite Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey. Two years later DeVito reunited with Douglas and Turner to direct and star with them in the The War of the Roses. Other notable work during this time includes director Barry Levinson's Tin Men as a competitive salesman to Richard Dreyfuss, two co-starring vehicles with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the comedies Twins and Junior, and the villain The Penguin in director Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992). It is said that Jack Nicholson convinced DeVito to play The Penguin since Nicholson enjoyed great success as The Joker in the original Batman from 1989.Rather than portraying The Penguin as a cute little man as he was in the comics DeVito portrayed the Penguin as a deformed psychopath. Although generally a comic actor, DeVito expanded into drama with such movies as Hoffa (1992), which he directed and in which he co-starred with Jack Nicholson; L.A. Confidential as a sleazy reporter (1997); The Big Kahuna as a compassionate salesman (1999); and Heist (2001), as a gangster nemesis to Gene Hackman. DeVito grew up with a great passion for documentaries. And so in 2006, he began a partnership with Morgan Freeman's company ClickStar, where he hosts a documentary channel called Jersey Docs.

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Birth Name

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr.

Birth Place

Municipio de Neptune, Nueva Jersey, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

11/17/1944
Known For
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Batman Returns

Penguin

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

The Lorax (voice)

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Deck the Halls

Buddy Hall

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Hercules

Philoctetes (voice)

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Matilda

Mr. Wormwood / Narrator

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Romancing the Stone

Ralph

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Junior

Dr. Larry Arbogast

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Throw Momma from the Train

Owen

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Ruthless People

Sam Stone

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Get Shorty

Martin Weir

Starring In
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Sniff

William Keys

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Migration

Uncle Dan (voice)

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Haunted Mansion

Bruce Davis

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The Survivor

Charley Goldman

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The True Story of WrestleMania

Self (archive footage)

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The One and Only Ivan

Bob (voice)

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Jumanji: The Next Level

Eddie

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Dumbo

Max Medici

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Smallfoot

Dorgle (voice)

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Animal Crackers

Chesterfield (voice)

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Super vacanze di Natale

(archive footage)

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Wiener-Dog

Dave Schmerz

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All the Wilderness

Dr. Pembry

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Salinger

Himself

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City of Sin

Eugene Portland

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Hotel Noir

Eugene Portland

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

The Lorax (voice)

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A Girl Walks Into A Bar

Aldo

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Revenge Of The Electric Car

Himself

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When in Rome

Al

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I'm Still Here

Danny DeVito

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I Am

Martini (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Solitary Man

Jimmy Marino

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House Broken

Cathkart

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas

Frank Reynolds (47 episodes, 2006-2009)

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Just Add Water

Merl Striker

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A True Ensemble: The Cast of L.A. Confidential

Self

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Whatever You Desire: Making 'L.A. Confidential'

Self

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Nobel Son

George Gastner

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The Good Night

Mel

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Reno 911!: Miami

District Attorney

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Relative Strangers

Frank Menure

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Even Money

Walter

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Deck the Halls

Buddy Hall

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The OH in Ohio

Wayne the Pool Guy

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10 Items or Less

Big D

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Be Cool

Martin Weir

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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Booth (as Danny Devito)

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Christmas in Love

Brad

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Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary: The Hits!

(segment "Victory")

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Big Fish

Amos Calloway

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“Weird Al” Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection

Burr (This Is The Life) (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Duplex

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Anything Else

Harvey

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Austin Powers in Goldmember

Danny DeVito / Famous Mini Me ('Austinpussy')

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Death to Smoochy

Burke Bennett

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De Superman à Spider-Man : L'aventure des super héros

Pinguine (archive footage)

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Heist

Mickey Bergman (as Danny Devito)

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What's the Worst that Could Happen?

Max Fairbanks

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon

Monroe (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Himself - Nominee: Best Picture

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America: A Tribute To Heroes

Himself

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Screwed

Grover Cleaver

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Drowning Mona

Chief Wyatt Rash

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The Big Kahuna

Phil Cooper (as Danny Devito)

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The Virgin Suicides

Dr. Horniker

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Man on the Moon

George Shapiro

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman

Al Goldstein (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Saturday Night Live - Christmas

Himself (archive footage)

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Living Out Loud

Pat Francato

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L.A. Confidential: Off the Record...

Self - 'Sid Hudgens'

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers

Vinnie Esposito (archive footage) (uncredited)

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"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos

Burr (This Is The Life) (archive footage)

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Completely Cuckoo

Self

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Men In Black

Alien on TV Monitor (uncredited)

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Hercules

Philoctetes (voice)

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L.A. Confidential

Sid Hudgens

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The Rainmaker

Deck Shifflet

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Space Jam

Swackhammer (voice)

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Matilda

Mr. Wormwood / Narrator

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Mars Attacks!

Rude Gambler

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Get Shorty

Martin Weir

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Junior

Dr. Larry Arbogast

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Renaissance Man

Bill Rago

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Felony

Featured Extra

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Look Who's Talking Now

Rocks (voice)

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Last Action Hero

Whiskers (voice) (uncredited)

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Jack the Bear

John Leary

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Hoffa

Bobby Ciaro

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Batman Returns

Penguin

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Other People's Money

Lawrence Garfield

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Money

(uncredited)

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The Earth Day Special

Vic

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The War of the Roses

Gavin D'Amato

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Twins

Vincent Benedict

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Throw Momma from the Train

Owen

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Tin Men

Ernest Tilley

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Ruthless People

Sam Stone

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Comic Relief

Self - Audience Member (uncredited)

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Wise Guys

Harry Valentini

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My Little Pony: The Movie

Grundle King (voice)

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Head Office

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The Jewel of the Nile

Ralph

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Johnny Dangerously

Burr

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Romancing the Stone

Ralph

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The Ratings Game

Vic DeSalvo

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Terms of Endearment

Vernon Dahlart

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Going Ape!

Lazlo

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Swap Meet

Max

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Goin' South

Hog, Moon's Old Gang

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The Van

Andy

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The World's Greatest Lover

Assistant Director

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Car Wash

Joe (scenes deleted)

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Deadly Hero

Harry

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Martini

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Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Himself (uncredited)

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Mortadela

Fred Mancuso

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