Danny DeVito is an American legendary actor who has maintained a successful presence in both in cinema and TV for over 50 years. Aside from TV series and films, he has been known to have some participation in theatre too. He has all these flourishing endeavors mainly due to him being an actor. However, there is much more to him than meets the eye. That is because he works as a voice actor, producer, and director as well.
With all these achievements, one can only wonder how much Danny DeVito net worth truly is.
DeVito was born on November 17, 1944 in Neptune Township, New Jersey. He grew up with Italian-American parents Danny DeVito Sr. and Julia – along with four siblings. To keep him out of trouble, his father sent him to the Oratory Preparatory School. DeVito then started developing his acting skills by enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1966, he graduated from the prestigious drama school.
Destined for Greatness
He is best known for his role in the television series “Taxi” where he played Louie de Palma, the role of a taxi dispatcher that earned him an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. This portrayal was also the one responsible for bringing about DeVito’s rise to fame and other entertainment opportunities.
DeVito is currently playing as Frank Reynolds, an interesting character in the FX sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” If you came across any memes with a gif or an image of Danny DeVito on it, there is a high chance that such scene or screen shot is from that show.
His first film was “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” alongside Jack Nicholson, Christopher Lloyd, and many other stars. This movie is about how patients are treated in this particular mental constitution and the treatment is not very welcoming as one would expect. This film is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Though DeVito plays a supporting role in this and he played a character named Martini, it had a significant contribution to both his acting and financial success later on.
Other noteworthy films under his belt are “Matilda,” “Look Who’s Talking Now,” and his eerie but iconic look as The Penguin in “Batman Returns.”
His most recent films were in 2019 with Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” and “Jumanji: The Next Level.”
Other Exemplary Accomplishments
Aside from being an actor, he also directed and produced some films. Amazingly, he both starred and directed in some of them – namely “The War of the Roses” and “Romancing the Stone.” You may also heard of the cult classic “Pulp Fiction” where he was a producer.
As many may have already noticed, he usually makes movies with elements of crime and dark comedy sprinkled on them. In most cases and despite his short stature, he usually stars as the sinister person with a raspy voice – an unexpected combination that solidifies the intimidating presence of his characters.
One would say that Danny DeVito is more of a comedic actor but that does not stop him from trying out serious and dramatic roles as well. He didi so in The Rainmaker, Hoffa, Jack the Bear, L.A. Confidential, The Big Kahuna, and Heist. He worked with Jack Nicholson in “Hoffa” aside from being co-stars in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Additionally, it is interesting to note that Nicholson and DeVito’s relatives worked on the same hair salon in their neighborhood.
He also delved into theatre where he got a Tony Award for his impressive performance in “The Price” play. Additionally, he reprised his role as Martini in the theatrical adaptation of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as well.
Phil, short for Philoctetes, from Disney’s animated adaptation of the Greek Mythology surrounding Hercules looks like DeVito. That is because Phil was created in his image and he lend his voice to the character. He also voiced Mr. Swackhammer, the main villain alien from Space Jam. DeVito is not only limited to voicing the antagonists but he also did the voice of one protagonist called The Lorax in the movie of the titular character. Other animated features he is in are from popular series like My Little Pony and The Simpsons.
He also appeared in the music video of One Direction song titled “Steal My Girl” where he plays an exaggerated version of himself.
These accomplishments and plenty of others contributed to his impressive net worth of about $70 to $90 million. Sources differ and cannot seem to agree on the actual Danny DeVito net worth. But one thing is for certain: it is without a doubt that his achievements would yield such extraordinary results. Danny DeVito net worth will probably grow even more considering that his presence in the entertainment industry is still significant. This is something expected from someone as talented as him.
What You May Not Know About DeVito
Many may not know it but his real name is Daniel Michael DeVito Jr.
His romantic partner is Rhea Perlman, also an American actress and author. They met and started dating in 1971. After moving in together for several years, they finally tied the knot in 1982. They had three children together – Lucy Chet, Grace Fan, and Jacob Daniel.
In the film “Matilda,” both DeVito and Perlman acted as the parents of the titular character. The couple also acted in numerous entertainment projects together, one of which was the television show Taxi. In the early years before they started dating, they both appeared in plays produced by the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective.
Thing did not go so well in 2012 so DeVito and Perlman decided to get separated. After about a year, they were somehow able to reconcile their differences and stayed together again. In 2017, DeVito and Perlman publicly admitted that they are currently in estrangement but, fortunately, had no plans of resorting to a divorce.
One of the noticeable charms he has is his short stature. It is actually a result of Fairbank’s disease or multiple epiphyseal dysplasia. This type of genetic disorder stunts bone growth. Don’t get it wrong though, DeVito may be small but his overwhelming achievements are definitely not something to look down on. The height is the complete opposite of Danny DeVito net worth.