Prominent for his role of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the American sitcom series Taxi, Danny DeVito is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. The 75-year-old actor currently plays the role of Frank Reynolds on the FX and FXX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Besides, DeVito is also famous for his film roles in Throw Momma from the Train, Twins, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Mars Attacks! among others. The Hollywood veteran has won both the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award. Moreover, he was inducted in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 for his work on television.
Here is everything you need to know about Danny DeVito.
7. DeVito Was Always Insecure About His Height
Danny DeVito might be one of the shortest Hollywood actors-who stands 4 ft. 10 inches tall. However, his physical appearance never became thwart in his acting career. The New Jersey actor was nevertheless insecure about his short height.
He said how he felt about his height in an interview with The Times newspaper. There he said:
We all have these little things, our insecurities about ourselves. My height and my demeanor. I'm a little rough around the edges. I was always a little shy about it. I kind of went into the mouth of the dragon. Instead of hiding in the background I went up to the front. I said, 'Here I am. This is what I do.'
But, the actor also said he was never bullied in his school due to his short height.
According to some reports, DeVito's short height is due to the Fairbank's disease, also known as multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth.
6. Possesses a Net Worth of $80 Million
The very famous It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor has amassed a handsome net worth from his acting career. As per the celebrity net worth, DeVito has an estimated net worth of $80 million.
He earns millions of dollars annually from his acting roles. As per networthbuzz, his highest revenue recorded in a single year was in 2013, when he was reported to have earned $46 million.
5. He Sold a House For $24 Million in 2015
Danny DeVito and his ex-wife Rhea Perlman owned a house in Beverly Hills, California. The couple purchased the 14,579 square foot house in 1994. They resided in the house for more than two decades before they sold it in 2015 for a whopping $24 million.
The house was then purchased by a realtor who expanded the property to 29,000 square feet land area and reconstructed the mansion to the seven-bedroom house. The property also featured a few guesthouses and an eight-car garage.
It was put in the market in 2018 with an asking price of $85 million. In September that year, billionaire James Packer splashed a whopping $80 million, $5 million less than the asking price for the property.
4. Danny Was Married to Rhea Perlman For Over Three Decades
Danny DeVito is currently living a single life following his separation from his wife of over three decades, Rhea Perlman. The couple spent nearly five decades of togetherness before parting their ways in 2017.
Well, DeVito, the 75-year-old Hollywood legend, first met Perlman when she went to see her friend in the single performance featuring DeVito. The pair hit it off in the very first meeting and started dating. Just weeks later, Devito and Perlman moved in together and spent more than a decade before deciding to get married.
DeVito and Perlman tied the knot on January 28, 1982. The ex-lovebirds gave birth to three children in six years since their marriage. They welcomed their first child, a daughter Lucy Chet DeVito on March 11, 1983. Two years later, they gave birth to their second child, daughter Grace Fan DeVito in March 1985. And DeVito and Perlman's third child, son Jacob Daniel DeVito in October 1987.
In October 2012, DeVito and Perlman announced they were separated, ending their 30 years of marriage. The couple, however, rekindled their romance in March 2013 and gave their marriage a second chance. But, they couldn't live any longer than 2017, when they separated for a second time. They later revealed, their split was amicable, and they had no intention of filing for divorce.
3. DeVito and Perlman Have Shared Screen in Multiple Occasions
Actor duo Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman worked together in multiple films in the past. One of the most notable projects they were in together was Matilda in 1996.
The American family comedy fantasy film was produced and directed by DeVito himself. Even though the movie received predominantly positive reviews from the critics, it was a box office flop, grossing only $33 million on a $36 million budget.
2. What DeVito Did Before Starting Acting Career?
Very few of us might be familiar with what actor Danny DeVito did before he started pursuing a career in acting. Well, DeVito was a hairdresser. In an interview, the actor said he worked in his sister's salon while he was seeking for an acting role. He further said he enjoyed all the female attention at the time.
1. DeVito Hosted Saturday Night Live Six Times
There might be very fewer things that Danny DeVito hasn't done in his decades-long career in Hollywood. He has been a producer, director, actor, host, voice actor, and more. Among all, he also has a credit of hosting the late-night live television sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live.
More specifically, DeVito has hosted the show six times so far that also includes the last Saturday Night Live episode of the 20th Century.