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  • Danny DeVito

    Born on November 17, 1944 in Asbury Park, New Jersey

awards & nominations

Throw Momma From the Train (1987)

Danny DeVito as "Owen/Ned 'Little Ned' Lift/Cousin Paddy"

Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Margaret, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already sealed Margaret's fate.

Golden Globe (1987) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Ruthless People (1986)

Danny DeVito as "Sam Stone"

Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) hates his wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), so much that he wants her dead. He's ecstatic when she's taken by a duo of kidnappers who want $500,000 ransom in exchange for her life. Fully intending to ignore every one of the kidnappers' demands in the hopes that they do him a favor and murder her for him, the two confused kidnappers (Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater) have to figure out how they're going get their money, and what they're going to do with the overbearing Barbara.

Golden Globe (1986) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Taxi (1978)

Danny DeVito as "Louie De Palma"

This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York. The employees of the Sunshine Cab Company are a motley crew, including frustrated actor Bobby, struggling boxer Tony, art gallery receptionist Elaine, and tyranical dispatcher Louie. For almost everyone, the cab company is just a temporary job that can be left behind when they make it in their chosen professions. The core of the company is disillusioned Alex (Judd Hirsch), who's sure he will be driving a cab for the rest of his life. Burned-out ex-hippie minister Reverend Jim and mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) round out the group.

Emmy (Primetime) (1983) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1982) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1982) Nominated Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (1981) Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1981) Nominated Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Golden Globe (1980) Won Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (1979) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1979) Nominated Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

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