Danny DeVito is one individual who has proved that one’s physical limitation is never an impediment to success and that you don’t need to look a certain way to be taken seriously. He is a seasoned actor, brilliant filmmaker, director, and producer who has an impressive body of work to his credit. He has featured in some significant movies and television series in his career and has produced and directed a substantial number of works. DeVito is a recipient of a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Critics Choice Awards amongst other prestigious nominations and awards.
Danny DeVito’s Background Details
He was born Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. in Neptune Township, New Jersey, on the 17th of November 1944. His parents, Daniel and Julia DeVito, raised him alongside his two sisters in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Daniel had a love for art while growing up and persuaded his father to send him to Oratory Preparatory School, Summit, New Jersey – a boarding school where he graduated from in the year 1962.
After graduation, he began to work as a cosmetician in his sister’s beauty salon. He proceeded to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and finished in 1966. While in the academy, he fell in love with acting and decided to pursue it full time.
His first role as an actor was in 1968 where he featured as a thug in Dreams of Glass (1970). Danny DeVito became briefly disillusioned with the film industry and focused on stage productions. His Broadway debut was in 1969, appearing in The Man With the Flower in His Mouth. He went ahead to appear in Lady Liberty and The Shrinking Bride.
His next film role as Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) was a critical and financial success giving him the big break he longed for in the film industry. Another role that cemented his claim to fame was his role as Louie De Palma in Taxi (1978-1983) for which he won a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.
He went ahead to feature in films like Terms of Endearment (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Tin Men (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Twins (1988), The War of the Roses (1989), Batman Returns (1992), and Hoffa (1992). The amazing actor was also in works like Anything Else (2003), Big Fish (2003), Be Cool (2005), Deck the Halls (2006), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2006-present), Solitary Man (2009), The Lorax (2012), Wiener-Dog (2016), Dumbo (2019), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). He was also a director in some of the movies.
Danny DeVito met fellow actress Rhea Perlman and fell in love. They moved in together before getting married in 1982. The couple has featured in a couple of movies together. They have three children: Lucy Chet born in March 1983, Grace Fan born in March 1985, and Jacob Daniel born in October 1987.
They have separated a couple of times but have managed to find their paths to each other. Although they are not together presently, they have stated that they have no intention of filing for divorce. They have remained amicable friends.
Danny DeVito has produced several movies and television shows under the umbrella of Jersey Films. His production works include Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995), Man on the Moon (1999), Garden State (2004), Gattaca (1997), Reno 911 (2009), and Erin Brockovich (2000) for which he got an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
He has directed works like The Rating Game (1984) which was his debut. Thereafter, he went ahead to direct and feature in Matilda (1996) and Duplex (2003) to mention a few.
Danny DeVito has been a recipient of several prestigious awards in his career. Some of them include TV Land Award, Golden Camera Award, Cinekid Audience Award, and San Sebastián International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of his nominations include Tony Award, BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Screen Actors Guild Award to mention a few.
How Tall Is He?
The talented actor has been blessed with a lot of things including a marriage that has survived many years and a wonderful family as well as a very successful career. One thing that he is not blessed with is height. He stands at 4 feet 10 inches (147cm).
What Disease Does Danny DeVito Have?
Devito’s height is as a result of a medical condition called Multiple epiphyseal dysplasias or Fairbank’s disease. It is a very rare genetic disorder that can affect one in ten thousand babies. The disease affects the growing ends of their bones; it can be hereditary and has no cure. Asides Danny Devito, some prominent people with the disease are David Wetherill, a Paralympian table tennis athlete, and Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor.