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Danny DeVito – Proud to be Italian American – NIAF

Danny DeVito – Proud to be Italian American – NIAF –

Daniel Michael “Danny” DeVito, Jr. first gained prominence for his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. He went on to become a major film star, known for his roles in films (such as Throw Momma from the Train, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, Romancing the Stone, Twins, Batman Returns, Get Shorty and L.A. Confidential) and for his voiceover work in films (such as Space Jam, Hercules and The Lorax).

DeVito co-founded Jersey Films with Michael Shamberg. Soon afterwards, Stacey Sher became an equal partner. The production company is known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers.

DeVito was also one of the producers nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture for Erin Brockovich.

DeVito was born Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr. on November 17, 1944 in Neptune Township, New Jersey, the son of Julia (née Moccello), a housewife, and Daniel DeVito, Sr. DeVito grew up in a family of five, with his parents and two older sisters. DeVito is of Italian descent (his family is originally from San Fele, Basilicata) and was raised in Asbury Park. DeVito was raised Catholic, he boarded at Oratory Preparatory School, in Summit, New Jersey and graduated in 1962. DeVito went to the boarding school at the age of 14, after he persuaded his father to send him there as it would keep him out of trouble.  After leaving the boarding school he subsequently trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1966.

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