Danny DeVito is an American actor, director and producer who first gained prominence for his portrayal of Louie De Palma on the television series Taxi, from 1978–1983.
In 2006 he began co-starring as Frank Reynolds on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
DeVito is one of the entertainment industry's most versatile players, excelling as actor, producer and director.
He wrote, directed and produced several short films in his early Hollywood years before emerging as a feature-length filmmaker. Dark comedic themes characterise his trademark films, including The Ratings Game, Throw Momma From the Train, The War of the Roses, Hoffa and Matilda.
DeVito is the principal of Jersey Film's 2nd Avenue, a predecessor company of Jersey Films. Jersey Films has produced over 20 motion pictures, including Freedom Writers, Be Cool, Garden State, Along Came Polly, Man on the Moon, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Hoffa, Matilda, Living Out Loud and Erin Brockovich (which was nominated for an Academy Award).
Two films co-starring DeVito won the Academy Award for best picture (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Terms of Endearment), but it was the part of Louie De Palma on the television show Taxi that propelled him to national prominence.
He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role. In a 1999 readers' poll conducted by TV Guide, DeVito's Louie De Palma was voted number one among "TV's Fifty Greatest Character's Ever."
Apart from his work with Jersey Films, DeVito has starred in such films as The Good Night, Deck The Halls, Relative Strangers, Junior, Batman Returns, Twins, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and Ruthless People.
DeVito carries his success well. Never forgetting that there were more difficult times, he maintains a healthy sense of perspective. As Taxi character Louie De Palma would say, "If you don't do good today, you'll be eatin' dirt tomorrow."
His wife is actress Rhea Perlman.