Danny DeVito filmography

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Headshot of Danny DeVito smiling at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
DeVito at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2013

American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, Danny DeVito has been active in film since the 1970s. One of his early notable roles was as Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 alongside Jack Nicholson. In the 70s and 80s, he appeared in Car Wash (1976), Terms of Endearment (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984) and its sequel The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Ruthless People (1986), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Twins (1988), The War of the Roses (1989). In 1992, he was cast in the role of the villain Penguin with Michael Keaton's Batman in Batman Returns. In the 90's, he starred in Renaissance Man (1994), and co-starred in the films Get Shorty with Gene Hackman (1995), Matilda with wife Rhea Perlman, which he also directed and produced. He played George Shapiro in 1999's Man on the Moon opposite Jim Carrey, who played Andy Kauffman, a real-life friend of DeVito's.

He appeared in his third movie with Bette Midler in 2000's Drowning Mona (2000), and his fourth movie with John Travolta in 2005's Be Cool. He added his voice to the 2012 film The Lorax, and co-starred with Keaton again in Dumbo as Max Medici (2019). He appeared in the sequel film Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).

DeVito played the role of Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi from 1978 to 1983, airing in 114 episodes. That role earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1979) and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1980). He guest starred in several television series over the years such as Starsky and Hutch (1977), Friends (2004) and The Simpsons (1991, 1992, 2013). He has starred in the television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Frank Reynolds since 2006.

He and wife Rhea Perlman founded the production company Jersey Films in 1992, which have produced such films as Pulp Fiction (1994), Gattaca (1997), Erin Brockovich (2000), and Garden State (2004).[1]

As actor[edit]

Close up of Danny Devito smiling at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
DeVito at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2010


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
1970 Dreams of Glass Thug
1971 Lady Liberty Fred Mancuso
1972 Hot Dogs for Gauguin Adrian
1973 Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 Petey
1973 Scalawag 'Fly' Speck
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Martini [2]
1975 Deadly Hero Harry
1976 Car Wash Joe Deleted Scenes
1976 The Money Bartender
1977 The Van Andy
1977 The World's Greatest Lover Assistant Director
1978 Goin' South 'Hog'
1979 Swap Meet Max
1981 Going Ape! Lazlo
1983 Terms of Endearment Vernon Dahlart
1984 Romancing the Stone Ralph [2]
1984 Johnny Dangerously Burr
1985 The Jewel of the Nile Ralph
1985 Head Office Frank Steadman
1986 Wise Guys Harry Valentini
1986 Ruthless People Sam Stone
1986 My Little Pony: The Movie Grundle King Voice Only
1987 Tin Men Ernest Tilley
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Owen Lift Also Director
1988 Twins Vincent Benedict [2]
1989 The War of the Roses Gavin D'Amato Also Director
1991 Other People's Money Larry Garfield
1992 Batman Returns Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin [2]
1992 Hoffa Bobby Ciaro Also Producer/Director
1993 Jack the Bear John Leary
1993 Last Action Hero Whiskers Voice Only (Uncredited)
1993 Look Who's Talking Now Rocks Voice Only
1994 Renaissance Man Bill Rago
1994 Junior Dr. Larry Arbogast
1995 Get Shorty Martin Weir Also Producer
1996 Matilda Harry Wormwood / Narrator Also Producer/Director
1996 Space Jam Swackhammer Voice Only
1996 Mars Attacks! Rude Gambler
1997 The Rainmaker Deck Shifflet
1997 Hercules Philoctetes Voice Only
1997 L.A. Confidential Sid Hudgens
1997 Men in Black Alien on TV Monitor Uncredited
1998 Living Out Loud Pat Francato Also Producer
1999 The Big Kahuna Phil Cooper
1999 Man on the Moon George Shapiro Also Producer [2]
1999 The Virgin Suicides Dr. Hornicker
2000 Drowning Mona Wyatt Rash Also Producer
2000 Screwed Grover Cleaver
2001 Heist Bergman
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Max Fairbanks
2002 Death to Smoochy Burke Bennet Also Director
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Himself as Mini-Me
2003 Anything Else Harvey Wexler
2003 Duplex Narrator Voice Only (Uncredited)
Also Director
2003 Big Fish Amos Calloway
2004 Christmas in Love Brad LaGuardia
2005 Be Cool Martin Weir Also Producer [3]
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Booth
2006 Relative Strangers Frank Menure Also Producer
2006 Even Money Walter Also Producer
2006 10 Items or Less 'Big D'
2006 The Oh in Ohio Wayne
2006 Deck the Halls Buddy Hall
2007 The Good Night Mel
2007 Reno 911!: Miami District Attorney Also Producer
2007 Nobel Son Gastner
2008 Just Add Water Merl Stryker
2009 House Broken Tom 'Smokey' Cathkart
2009 Solitary Man Jimmy
2010 When in Rome Al
2010 I'm Still Here Himself
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Aldo
2011 Revenge of the Electric Car Himself
2012 The Lorax The Lorax Voice Only
2012 Hotel Noir Eugene Portland
2014 All the Wilderness Dr. Pembry
2016 Curmudgeons Jackie Short Film
Also Producer/Director
2016 Wiener-Dog Dave Schmerz
2016 The Comedian Jimmy Berkowitz
2017 Animal Crackers Chesterfield Voice Only
2018 Smallfoot Dorgle Voice Only
2019 Dumbo Max Medici [4]
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Eddie Gilpin [4]
2020 The One and Only Ivan Bob Voice Only [4]
TBA Harry Haft TBA In post-production [5]


DeVito with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia cast mates Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney at the ceremony for DeVito to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 18, 2011
Year Title Role Notes Refs.
1977 Delvecchio Anthony 'Beanzie' Marott Episode: "Requiem For A Loser" [6]
1977 Starsky and Hutch John 'John-John The Apple' DeAppoliso Episode: "The Collector" [7]
1977 Police Woman Napoleon Episode: "Death Game"
1978–1983 Taxi Louie De Palma 114 episodes [2]
1979 Angie Uncle Cheech Episode: "Uncle Cheech"
1980 The Associates Alan Swathmore Episode: "The Out of Town Trip"
1982–1999 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 6 episodes [8]
1984 The Ratings Game Vic De Salvo Television film
1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special Ackroyd Episode: "All the Kids Do It"
1985 Amazing Stories Herbert Episode: "The Wedding Ring"
1988 Sesame Street Vincent van Trash Episode: "2504"
1990 The Earth Day Special Vic Television special
1991–1992; 2013 The Simpsons Herb Powell (voice) 3 episodes [9][10]
1994 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: "The Gift Episode"
1997 Pearl Dean Martin Episode: "Dean Cuisine"
2002 Ed Dr. Jack Carmichael Episode: "Human Nature"
2003 Karen Sisco Charlie Lucre 2 episodes
2004 Friends Officer Roy Goodbody Episode: "The One Where the Stripper Cries" [11]
2004 Father of the Pride Emerson (voice) Episode: "And the Revolution Continues"
2006–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Frank Reynolds 146 episodes
2015 Deadbeat Giuseppe Monamocce Episode: "The Occult Leader"
2018 The Kominsky Method Dr. Wexler 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes Refs.
1997 Disney's Animated Storybook: Hercules Philoctetes
1997 Disney's Hercules Philoctetes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Refs.
1986 "When the Going Gets Tough" Billy Ocean [12]
2014 "Steal My Girl" One Direction [13]

As director and producer[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Notes Refs.
1976 The Selling of Vince D'Angelo Yes No
1984 The Ratings Game Yes No TV movie
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Yes No
1989 The War of the Roses Yes No
1992 Hoffa Yes Yes
1994 Reality Bites No Yes
1994 8 Seconds No Yes
1994 Pulp Fiction No Executive producer
1995 Get Shorty No Yes
1996 Matilda Yes Yes
1996 Sunset Park No Yes
1996 Feeling Minnesota No Yes
1997 Gattaca No Yes
1998 Out of Sight No Yes
1998 Living Out Loud No Yes
1999 Man on the Moon No Yes
2000 Erin Brockovich No Yes
2000 Drowning Mona No Executive producer
2001 How High No Yes
2002 Death to Smoochy Yes No
2003 Camp No Yes
2003 Duplex Yes No
2004 Along Came Polly No Yes
2004 Garden State No Executive producer
2005 Be Cool No Yes
2005 Queen B Yes No Television pilot [3]
2006 Even Money No Yes
2006 Relative Strangers No Yes
2007 Freedom Writers No Yes
2007 Reno 911!: Miami No Yes
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones No Yes
2016 Curmudgeons Yes Yes Short film


  1. ^ Carlson, Erin (6 December 2012). "Danny DeVito 'Working On' Marriage to Rhea Perlman". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Freeman, Hadley (27 February 2013). "Danny DeVito: 'No one is going to forget the 5ft guy'". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (9 March 2005). "DeVito king of 'Queen B'". Variety. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Mia Galuppo. "Danny DeVito Joins Dwayne Johnson in 'Jumanji' Sequel". Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  5. ^ Mia Galuppo. "Danny DeVito, John Leguizamo Join Barry Levinson's Boxing Drama 'Harry Haft'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Watch Delvecchio Season 1, Episode 18 Requiem of a Loser Online". TV Guide. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  7. ^ Dani Lev (November 20, 2016). "The Cast of Starsky and Hutch: Then and Now". Daily Disclosure. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Jeremy Fuster; Phil Owen (November 24, 2019). "'SNL' 5-Timers Club: Most Frequent Hosts, From Alec Baldwin to Will Ferrell". TheWrap. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Danny DeVito lends his voice to 'The Simpsons'". Observer-Reporter. 11 February 1991. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  10. ^ ""The Simpsons" guests stars over the years". CBS. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  11. ^ Rebecca Hawkes (September 19, 2014). "Friends: memorable celebrity cameos". Telegraph. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Jonathan Cooper; Lisa Russell (13 January 1986). "Jewel of the Nile's Three Stars Sing Backup and Prove That You Can Help Sell a Movie with a Song". People. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  13. ^ Lorena O'Neil. "One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Music Video Is a Danny DeVito Party in the Desert". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2019.

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