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 — recalls a line that he himself used (about a character) in his big-screen directorial debut, Throw Momma From the Train: “Maybe [he] would be someone you’d like to kill.” No question about it: DeVito has 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… read more