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Danny DeVito

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Daniel Michael DeVito (born November 17, 1944) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, director, and an Oscar-nominated producer, who first gained prominence for his portrayal of “Louie De Palma” on the popular ABC and NBC TV series, Taxi (1978–1983). This sitcom was not widely distributed abroad; in most other countries he is known primarily for his film work. He currently plays Frank Reynolds on the FX show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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.
Movie poster for Batman Returns (1992) featuring Danny DeVito as the Penguin.

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