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"It's fun to be on the edge. I think you do your best work when you take chances, when you're not safe, when you're not in the middle of the road, at least for me, anyway."

Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, comedian, director, and producer of Italian descent born in Neptune, New Jersey.

Highly prolific and easily recognizable by his short stature and strong New Jersey accent, DeVito first gained prominence with his portrayal of caustic taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on the 1978–83 TV sitcom Taxi, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. He's since become a major film star with numerous credits to his name. In addition to acting, DeVito is also a director and producer who co-founded Jersey Films, a production company responsible for such films as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, Freedom Writers and its television sister company is responsible for Reno 911!.

DeVito returned to television in 2006, starring as Frank Reynolds in the FX (later FXX) sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He also directs and produces graphic short horror films for his Internet venture The Blood Factory. He has appeared in several of them, as have friends of his and members of his family.


He is not the voice of Detective Pikachu in either the game or the film, no matter how much you ask or plea for him.note  What he is though, is a "dibby".

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  • Alliterative Name: Danny DeVito.
  • Black Comedy: A constant with his work, from his performances in films like Get Shorty, Batman Returns, and Ruthless People, to directing The War of the Roses, Matildanote  and Death to Smoochy, to his decade-long-plus run on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A lot of his characters tend to be rather eccentric, most notably Frank Reynolds.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is frequently cast as characters with an acerbic wit.
  • Depraved Dwarf: Not technically a dwarf, but he is close enough, so it works for many of his sleazier characters.
  • Gonk: His unique appearance allows him to play a variety of roles that utilize this trope, such as The Penguin or Frank Reynolds. It's also contributed in-part to his memetic status.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a distinctively raspy voice.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Philoctetes from Hercules and, to a lesser extent, the Lorax.
  • Joisey: As indicated by his Central New Jersey accent, as well as the fact that he was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey and grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
  • Large Ham: Very loud and expressive in nearly every role.
  • The Napoleon: He is 4'10, which plays into both his roles and his public image.
  • Wild Hair: His gradual baldness has reduced it to a few messy tufts.


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