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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