Born in Neptune, New Jersey on November 17, 1944, Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr. has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film. The son of Julia and Daniel DeVito, owners of several small businesses, DeVito trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1966. In the late 1960s and early 1970s DeVito wrote, directed and produced several short films while also performing in many stage productions, but struggled to find show business success. Several small film parts followed, leading to a role as Martini alongside Jack Nicholson in Milos Forman’s masterpiece, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), which was nominated for 9 Oscars and won 5.
From 1978 to 1983, DeVito played one of his defining characters, Louie De Palma, on the hit show “Taxi” (1978). DeVito won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role on “Taxi” (1978), and he also had the opportunity to play opposite his future wife Rhea Perlman – the two were married from 1982-2012 and have three children together. Following “Taxi” (1978), DeVito returned to the big screen in films such as Romancing the Stone (1984), Ruthless People (1986), Batman Returns (1992) and L.A. Confidential (1997). More recently, in addition to returning to theatre work, DeVito has been active in both television and film, playing Frank Reynolds on FX’s hit show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005) and the title voice role in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012).
DeVito has many directing credits to his name as well, including Throw Momma from the Train (1987), The War of the Roses (1989), Hoffa (1992), Death to Smoochy (2002) and the upcoming St. Sebastian (2013). If that weren’t enough, the production company that DeVito and Perlman founded, Jersey Films, has produced more than 20 films including Reality Bites (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), Erin Brockovich (2000) and Be Cool (2005).
World Liberty TV was on hand to hear Mr. DeVito at The International CES 2013.