Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito

  • Highest Rated: 99% L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
  • Birthday: Nov 17, 1944
  • Birthplace: Neptune, New Jersey, USA
  • Perhaps no Hollywood actor continually stirs up more of a gleeful admixture of feelings in his viewers than Danny DeVito. Singlehandedly portraying characters with mile-long, obnoxious jerk streaks that are nonetheless somehow loveable, DeVito -- with his diminutive stature, balding head, and broad Jersey accent -- made an art form out of playing endearingly loathsome little men.Born November 17, 1944, in Neptune, NJ, Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. survived a Catholic school upbringing and started his career from the ground up, laboring as a cosmetician in his sister's beauty parlor. Working under the name "Mr. Danny," DeVito decided to enter New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts for the purpose of acquiring additional makeup expertise. However, he soon discovered his true theatrical calling and made his screen debut with a small part in the 1968 drama Dreams of Glass. After a few discouraging experiences within the film industry, DeVito decided to concentrate on stage work. During this time, he met actress Rhea Perlman, whom he later married in 1982. In 1972, the actor made his way back into films with a role in Lady Liberty, a comedy starring Sophia Loren. His first notable film part came three years later, when he reprised his stage role of Martini, a sweet-natured mental patient, in Milos Forman's screen version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Produced by DeVito's old friend Michael Douglas and co-scripted by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman, the film won wide acclaim and nine Oscar nominations, eventually gleaning five statuettes (including Best Picture). Despite the adulation surrounding the film, DeVito's screen career remained lackluster, but he skyrocketed to fame three years later with his role as the obnoxious dispatcher Louie on the long-running television sitcom Taxi. From there, DeVito's career swung upward and he spent the next decade playing similarly repugnant characters with enormous success. He reunited with Douglas for Romancing the Stone (1984) and its 1985 sequel, Jewel of the Nile, teamed up with co-star Joe Piscopo and director Brian De Palma (as a scam artist on the run) in Wise Guys (1986), and signed with Disney's R-rated offshoot, Touchstone, for two comedies, the 1986 Ruthless People, and the 1987 Barry Levinson-directed Tin Men.Throw Momma from the Train (1987) marked DeVito's premier directorial outing. A madcap farce directed from a script by Benson and Soap scribe Stu Silver, Momma cast DeVito as Owen, a dim-bulb student living under the thumb of his loudmouthed mother, who is enrolled in a writing course taught by failing novelist Larry Donner (Billy Crystal). Stumbling into a repertory screening of Strangers on a Train one night, Owen has the not-so-bright idea of emulating the film, by bumping off Larry's conniving ex-wife in exchange for having Larry rub out his momma -- without asking Larry first.Throw Momma from the Train opened during the Christmas season of December 1987 and received mixed reviews. The picture nonetheless became a massive hit, grossing upwards of 57 million dollars, and thus paving the way for future DeVito-directed efforts. The War of the Roses (1989) recast DeVito with his Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile co-stars, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, but could not have been any more different in terms of theme, content, tone, or intended audience. Co-adapted by Warren Adler and Michael Leeson (from Adler's novel), this acerbic, black-as-coal comedy tells the story of Oliver and Barbara Rose, a seemingly happy and well-adjusted married couple whose nuptials descend into a violent hell when Barbara announces that she wants a divorce -- and Oliver refuses to give her one. DeVito plays the cherubic lawyer who relays their story to another client, and famously reflects, "If love is blind, then marriage must be like having a stroke." The picture instantly grossed dollar one, garnered legions of fans, and delighted critics across the board.Ida Random produced M

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Jumanji: The Next Level Actor 2019
47% Dumbo Medici 2019
76% Smallfoot Dorgle 2018
97% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Executive Producer Actor Director 2017
24% The Comedian Actor $1.7M 2017
No Score Yet City of Sin Actor 2017
74% Wiener-Dog Dave Schmerz $0.3M 2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers Chesterfield 2016
60% All The Wilderness Dr. Pembry 2015
67% A Walk Among the Tombstones Producer 2014
No Score Yet Illumination 7 Mini-Movie Collection Actor 2014
36% Salinger Actor $0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Little Spirit: Christmas in New York Actor 2012
13% Hotel Noir Eugene Portland 2012
53% Dr Seuss' The Lorax The Lorax $214M 2012
69% Revenge of the Electric Car Actor $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Girl Walks Into a Bar Aldo 2011
78% Solitary Man Jimmy Marino $4.4M 2010
17% When in Rome Al $32.6M 2010
No Score Yet Housebroken Dad 2009
25% Nobel Son Gastner $0.4M 2008
71% Guest of Cindy Sherman Actor 2008
31% The Good Night Mel 2007
No Score Yet Just Add Water Merl 2007
34% Reno 911!: Miami District Attorney Producer $20.3M 2007
70% Freedom Writers Producer $36.5M 2007
63% 10 Items or Less Actor $69.8K 2006
6% Deck the Halls Buddy Hall $35.1M 2006
22% The Oh in Ohio Wayne the Pool Guy 2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Actor 2006
24% Even Money Producer Walter 2006
No Score Yet Relative Strangers Producer Frank Manure 2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Booth $0.2M 2006
30% Be Cool Martin Weir Producer $55.6M 2005
No Score Yet Queen B Actor Director 2005
No Score Yet Bette Midler: The Divine Bette Midler Actor 2005
86% Garden State Executive Producer Producer $26.8M 2004
26% Along Came Polly Producer $87.9M 2004
No Score Yet Christmas in Love Brad 2004
75% Big Fish Amos Calloway $66.3M 2003
35% Duplex Narrator Director Screenwriter 2003
40% Anything Else Harvey $3.2M 2003
64% Camp Producer $1.6M 2003
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember Mini-Me in Movie $213.1M 2002
42% Death to Smoochy Director Burke Bennett $8.4M 2002
26% How High Producer $31.2M 2001
66% Heist Bergman $23.3M 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen? Max Fairbanks $31.1M 2001
45% The Caveman's Valentine Producer 2001
13% Screwed Grover Cleaver 2000
73% The Big Kahuna Phil Cooper 2000
76% The Virgin Suicides Dr. Horniker 2000
84% Erin Brockovich Producer 2000
29% Drowning Mona Chief Rash Executive Producer 2000
63% Man on the Moon George Shapiro Producer 1999
59% Living Out Loud Pat Producer 1998
93% Out of Sight Producer 1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Deck Schifflet 1997
83% The Rainmaker Deck Schifflet 1997
83% Gattaca Producer 1997
99% L.A. Confidential Sid Hudgeons 1997
84% Hercules Phil 1997
53% Mars Attacks! Rude Gambler 1996
43% Space Jam Swackhammer 1996
14% Feeling Minnesota Producer 1996
90% Matilda Producer Director Mr. Wormwood 1996
13% Sunset Park Producer 1996
87% Get Shorty Producer Martin Weir 1995
36% Junior Dr. Larry Arbogast 1994
92% Pulp Fiction Executive Producer 1994
12% Renaissance Man Bill Rago 1994
31% 8 Seconds Producer 1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Put Down the Duckie Actor 1994
0% Look Who's Talking Now Rocks 1993
66% Reality Bites Producer 1993
29% Jack the Bear John Leary 1993
52% Hoffa Director Producer Bobby Ciaro 1992
79% Batman Returns The Penguin 1992
31% Other People's Money Lawrence Garfield 1991
No Score Yet Money Actor 1991
85% The War of the Roses Director Gavin D'Amato 1989
44% Twins Vincent Benedict 1988
63% Throw Momma from the Train Director Owen 1987
81% Tin Men Actor 1987
No Score Yet Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special Actor 1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997 Ernest Tilley 1987
94% Ruthless People Sam Stone 1986
No Score Yet My Little Pony Grundle King 1986
31% Wise Guys Harry Valentini 1986
0% Head Office Stedman 1986
50% The Jewel of the Nile Ralph 1985
44% Johnny Dangerously Burr 1984
No Score Yet The Ratings Game Vic De Salvo Director 1984
86% Romancing the Stone Ralph 1984
84% Terms of Endearment Vernon Dahlart 1983
No Score Yet Going Ape! Lazlo 1981
71% Goin' South Hog 1978
17% The World's Greatest Lover Assistant Director 1977
No Score Yet The Van Andy 1977
87% Car Wash Actor 1976
No Score Yet Deadly Hero Actor 1976
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Martini 1975
No Score Yet Atlantic City Jackpot Actor 1975
No Score Yet Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 Petey 1973
No Score Yet Scalawag Fly Speck 1973
88% Bananas Actor 1971
No Score Yet One Part Sugar Actor

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No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2013
96% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
Frank Reynolds Frank
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2013
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2006
30% Father of the Pride
2004
Voice
  • 2004
95% Karen Sisco
2003
Executive Producer Charlie Lucre
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Dr. Jack Carmichael
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1999
  • 1993
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1983
  • 1982
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Louie De Palma Director
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
John the Apple
  • 1977
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
2001-2002
Executive Producer

QUOTES FROM Danny DeVito CHARACTERS

Volunteer Bimbo
You are the coolest role model a young person could have!
The Penguin
And you're the hottest young person a role model could have.
Sid Hudgeons
It's off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush
Sid Hudgeons
It's off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
Phil
Yeah, I had a dream. I dreamed I would train the greatest hero there ever was. So great the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars for everyone to see. And everyone would say, "That's Phil's boy." That's right. Ah, but dreams are for rookies, kid. A guy can only take so much disappointment.
Gavin D'Amato
My father used to say a man can never outdo a woman when it comes to love or revenge.
Amos Calloway
Sure I do! You were hot shit in Hickville, but here in the real world, you got squat! You don't have a plan, you don't have a job, you don't have anything except the clothes on your back.
Ed Bloom (Young)
I just saw the woman I'm gonna marry. I know it. But I lost her.
Amos Calloway
Oh, tough break. Well, most men have to get married *before* they lose their wives.
Ed Bloom (Young)
I'm gonna spend every day for the rest of my life lookin' for her. That, or die alone!
Amos Calloway
Damn, kid. Lemme guess. Real pretty? Reddish-blondish hair? Blue dress?
Ed Bloom (Young)
Yeah!
Amos Calloway
I know her uncle. Friends of the family.
Ed Bloom (Young)
Who is she? Where does she live?
Amos Calloway
Forget it, kid, don't waste your time. She's out of your league.
Ed Bloom (Young)
What do you mean? You don't even know me.
Gavin D'Amato
There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hold on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't stay?
Gavin D'Amato
There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull; How do you hold on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't stay?
Man in Chair
Why would somebody sell a million-dollar house for $200,000?
Gavin D'Amato
Who knows--divorce, loan sharks, drugs, sudden death--the point is, you get to capitalize on a fellow human being's misfortune. That's the basis of real estate.
Owen Lift
Momma, your alive! [turns to cops] Old people.... you have to reassure them.
Owen Lift
Momma, you're alive! Old people...you have to reassure them.
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
Why is there always someone who brings eggs and tomatoes to a speech?
Owen Lift
This is great! It's like the Flintstones car wash!
Amos Calloway
You were a big fish in a small pond, but this here is the ocean and you're drownin'. Take my advice, go back to Puddleville; you'll be happy there.
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
You've gotta admit, I've played this stinking city, like a harp from hell!
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
I saw her first, got to fly.
Gavin D'Amato
No. No, Oliver - you don't even deal with her. You avoid her: women can be a lot meaner than we give them credit for. Never underestimate her as an adversary. Don't even talk to her.
Gavin D'Amato
"What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? An excellent start." I used to resent jokes like that. Now I see them as simple truths.
Ralph
I'm about to have a close encounter with a cattle prod.
The Lorax
Which way does a tree fall?
The Once-ler
Uh, down?
The Lorax
A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
Matilda Wormwood
(after TV explodes) I didn't do it
Matilda Wormwood
[after TV explodes] I didn't do it
Harry Wormwood
Of course you didn't do it, you little twit!
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
It's time... These are the names of the first born sons of Gotham City, just like I was. And just like me, a terrible fate awaits them. Tonight, while their parents party, they'll be sleeping in their safe cribs, their soft beds. And we will catch them, carry them into the sewer and toss them into a deep, dark watery grave!
Fat Clown
Um, Penguin? I mean, killing sleeping babies... isn't that a little...
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
[shoots Fat Clown] No, it's a LOT! [kicks him into water]
Volunteer Bimbo
Oh, Mr. Cobblepot... You're the best role model a young person could have.
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
And you are the best young person a role model could have!
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
It's time... These are the names of the first born sons of Gotham City, just like I was. And just like me, a terrible fate awaits them. Tonight, while their parents party, they'll be sleeping in their safe cribs, their soft beds. And we will catch them, carry them into the sewer and toss them into a deep, dark watery grave!
Fat Clown
Umm, Penguin? I mean... killing sleeping children. Isn't that a little...
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
(shoots Fat Clown and kicks him into the water)
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
[shoots Fat Clown and kicks him into the water]
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
I believe the word you're looking for is "AHHHHHHHhhhh...!!!" (echoes)
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
I believe the word you're looking for is, AHHHHHHHhhhh! [echoes]
The Lorax
So did you sell it?
The Once-ler
Yeah, oh, no. Turns out it's ahead of it's time.
The Lorax
You did your best. Come here, I'll deal you in.
The Once-ler
Oh, okay. What are we playing?
The Lorax
I'm playing poker. He's playing Go Fish. And I think he's hungry.
The Lorax
That's a woman?
Julius Benedict
I was trying to distract him so you could escape.
Vincent Benedict
I was already escaping! By the time you got here, I was already halfway to Brazil!
Vincent Benedict
I was already escaping! By the time you got here, I was halfway to Brazil when I felt you.
Vincent Benedict
Yeah, tell your brother, that if he messes with me, he messes with my whole family!
Julius Benedict
We're non-identical.
Vincent Benedict
Oh yeah, 'cos as soon as I walked into this room, I felt like I was looking into a mirror.
Vincent Benedict
Holy smoly...now that's a guy with a LOT on his mind.
The Lorax
A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
Max Shreck
(Looking at the umbrella)What's that for, to hypnotize me?
Max Shreck
[looking at the umbrella] What's that for, to hypnotize me?
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
No, just to give you a splitting headache.
Vincent Benedict
You gotta talk through the phone bozo!
Chief Wyatt Rash
[talking to Mona] when life gives you potato's, make potato salad.
Chief Wyatt Rash
[talking to Mona] When life gives you potato's, make potato salad.
Mona Dearly
life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?
Mona Dearly
Life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?
Phil Dearly
shit salad?!
Phil Dearly
Shit salad?
Max Shreck
Imagine... A place for a new mayor in Gotham, and Oswald Cobblepot filling the void...
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
(looks at hot chick) I'd like to fill HER void!
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
[looks at hot chick] I'd like to fill HER void!
The Lorax
i speak for the trees
The Lorax
I speak for the trees.
The Lorax
So you're telling me you didn't magically appear from the stump....with all the lightning and stuff
The Lorax
So you're telling me you didn't magically appear from the stump... with all the lightning and stuff.
The Once-ler
Exactly and sleeping is the body's way of telling other people to go away!
The Lorax
I know but you looked so cosy!
The Lorax
Nice mustache.
The Lorax
I'm going to eat this but I am highly offended by it.
The Lorax
I'm playing poker, he's playing gold fish, and I think he's hungry
The Lorax
I'm playing poker, he's playing gold fish, and I think he's hungry.
The Lorax
That's a woman?
The Lorax
I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees!
The Lorax
Yes, I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
Why is their always someone who brings eggs and tomatoes to a speech?
The Lorax
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
The Lorax
A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
The Lorax
I'll go strait up your nose!
Ted
Wow wow you wouldn't hit a woman?
The Lorax
That's a woman?
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
[while being bombarded by food] Why is their always someone who brings eggs and tomatoes to a speech?
The Lorax
"You have been warned!"
The Lorax
You have been warned!
Randle Patrick McMurphy
You like to look at other people's cards, huh?
Martini
Yes.
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
You're just jealous I'm a natural freak and you have to wear a mask
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
You're just jealous because I'm a genuine freak and you have to wear a mask!
The Lorax
Did you chop down this tree?
1st Terrifying Clown
Hey penguin!
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
I am not penguin anymore, my name is Oswald Cobblepot.
1st Terrifying Clown
Oswald, somebody came to see you.
Owen Lift
I don't want them to take you away!
Momma
Yes, you do!
Owen Lift
Owen loves his momma!
Momma
"Owen loves his momma!" [Sing-song] Owen loves his momma! Owen loves his momma! Owen loves his.....
Momma
'Owen loves his momma!' [sing-song] Owen loves his momma! Owen loves his momma! Owen loves his...
Momma
You sit there typing all day like a fat little pigeon!
Owen Lift
You won't ever hear it again, Momma. I promise.
Owen Lift
Momma!
Momma
OWEN! OWEN! OWEN! OWEN! OWEN!!
Owen Lift
WHAT?
Momma
Get me a soda with some ice in it! Owen, hurry up!
Owen Lift
Momma...
Momma
Chop-chop, Owen! Come on!
Owen Lift
Alright!
Momma
Your friend had an accident! He's dead! You go bowling and leave a corpse to take care of me!
Owen Lift
He's dead?!
Momma
See for yourself!
Owen Lift
Larry! My friend! My friend, Larry!
Momma
"My friend, my friend!" You little crybaby! Go bury him in the yard before he stinks up the place.
Momma
'My friend, my friend!' You little crybaby! Go bury him in the yard before he stinks up the place.
Momma
Oh you saved me, Owen!
Larry Donner
Mrs. Lift, are you okay?
Momma
Beat it, chump! [She kicks him off the train]
Momma
Beat it, chump! [she kicks him off the train]
Owen Lift
Bye, Larry!
Owen Lift
Larry! You're alive!
Larry Donner
You killed her.
Momma
HOLY SHIT! [Owen and Larry get startled] What a dream I was havin'! Louis Armstrong was tryin' to kill me!
Larry Donner
Mrs. Lift?
Momma
Get away from me, you horse's ass! [She hits him in the crotch with her cane; Larry groans and collapses]
Momma
Get away from me, you horse's ass! [she hits him in the crotch with her cane; Larry groans and collapses]
Larry Donner
[To Owen] She's not a woman... she's the Terminator.
Larry Donner
[to Owen] She's not a woman... she's the Terminator.
Momma
Hurry up with that soda!
Owen Lift
Coming, Momma.
Momma
"Coming, Momma!" I'm choking to death, you moron! You're too damn slow!
Momma
'Coming, Momma!' I'm choking to death, you moron! You're too damn slow!
Owen Lift
I'm sorry, Momma.
Momma
"I'm sorry, Momma!" Why didn't you get me the salted nuts?
Momma
'I'm sorry, Momma!' Why didn't you get me the salted nuts?
Owen Lift
The salted ones are no good for ya.
Momma
The unsalted ones make me choke!
Momma
Who are ya talkin' to?! Who's in there with you?!
Momma
Who are ya talkin' to?! Who's in there with you?
Owen Lift
Nobody, Momma!
Momma
[Sees Larry] Who's this?
Momma
[sees Larry] Who's this?
Owen Lift
This is Cousin Patty! He's gonna be stayin' with us for a while. Isn't that nice?
Momma
You don't have a Cousin Patty!
Owen Lift
You lied to me!
The Lorax
That's a woman?
The Lorax
You have been warned!
Rude Gambler
You are Tom Jones!
The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
You didn't invite me, so I crashed!
Sid Hudgeons
Off the record, on the Q.T. and very hush-hush.
Sid Hudgeons
Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
Dr. Hornicker
"What are you doing here honey? You're not even hold enough to know how bad life gets."
Dr. Hornicker
What are you doing here honey? You're not even hold enough to know how bad life gets.
Cecilia
"Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl."
Cecilia
Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl.
Amos Calloway
Tell me, Karl, have you ever heard the term "involuntary servitude"?
Al
The whole point of love is to put someone else's needs above your own
Al
The whole point of love is to put someone else's needs above your own.