Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito Jr. is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, director, producer, and filmmaker, who is best known for his television roles as Louie De Palma on the ABC/NBC sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1983 and as Frank Reynolds on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia since 2006. He is also best known for his film roles as Vernon Dahlart in the 1983 comedy-drama film, Terms of Endearment, Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin in Tim Burton's 1992 superhero film, Batman Returns, Harry Wormwood/the Narrator in the 1996 fantasy comedy-film, Matilda (which he also directed and produced), and as Sid Hudgens in the 1997 neo-noir film, L.A. Confidential. He also voiced the title character in the 2012 animated adaptation of The Lorax.
For Disney, he voiced Phil in the 1997 Disney animated feature film, Hercules and played Sam Stone in the 1986 Touchstone Pictures film, Ruthless People, Bill Rago in the 1994 Touchstone Pictures film, Renaissance Man, Al Russo in When in Rome, and played Max Medici the Ringmaster (alongside with his daughter, Lucy as a coat check receptionist) in the 2019 version of Dumbo. He also produced some of the Miramax films, such as Pulp Fiction and Garden State, and voiced Bob in The One and Only Ivan. He will voice Satan in the Fox film Little Demon.
- DeVito was Steven Spielberg's first choice to play Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He was interested to play the role, but his agent demanded more money than offered and DeVito himself was very busy filming his TV series The Associates, so John Rhys-Davies was cast instead.
- DeVito was at one point, considered to voice Iago in Aladdin, but was unavailable before the role was given to Gilbert Gottfried.