Danny DeVito, who will make his West End stage debut in The Sunshine Boys, won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy award for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the US hit comedy Taxi, a role he played for five years. His extensive film credits include Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a role he also played on stage, Terms of Endearment, Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, Junior, Twins and Ruthless... Read more >>
Danny DeVito is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. Cast as Martini in an off-Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1971, he returned to the role for the 1975 film version. He first came to real prominence when he got the part of Louie de Palma in the ABC and NBC television series Taxi, which he played successfully from 1978 to 1983. His persona, a short but domineering dispatcher for the (fictional) Sunshine Cab Company, got him a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
From hereon in, DeVito’s film career really took off, with roles in Terms of Endearment, Romancing the Stone, (with co-stars Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner), its 1985 sequel, The Jewel of the Nile, and Ruthless People (starring with Bette Midler). In 1987 he made his feature-directing debut with the dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, in which he also starred. This started a trend and he returned to do the same thing two years later in The War of the Roses and the 1992 film Hoffa, which also starred Jack Nicholson. Turning his hand to producing next, DeVito and his wife Rhea Perlman founded Jersey Films, a production company best known for Pulp Fiction and the Academy Award nominated Erin Brockovich. The couple famously starred together in the 1996 film of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, yet another film he directed. DeVito also owns Jersey Television, which produced the Comedy Central series Reno 911!.
Although best known as a comic actor, DeVito took various dramatic roles in the 1990s and early 2000s, with a part in The Rainmaker among others. His interest in documentaries properly took off in 2006 when he began a partnership with Morgan Freeman’s company ClickStar to host a documentary channel called Jersey Docs. On stage, DeVito made his West End debut alongside Olivier Award winning actor Richard Griffiths, performing at the Savoy Theatre with ATG in a revival of Neil Simon’s play The Sunshine Boys. With countless other television and film appearances, a 2004 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (for an episode of Friends), four Emmy nominations (and a 1981 win) for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy for his part in Taxi, DeVito’s remarkable career was recognised officially in 2011 when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.