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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameAnthony Salvatore Iadanza
Nicknames "Brooklyn" Tony Danza
"The Brooklyn Brawler"
"The Brooklyn Bomber"
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Danza is an American actor, perhaps best known for starring on some of television's most beloved and long-running series, including Taxi (1978-1983) and Who's the Boss (1984-1992).

Danza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to Anne (Cammisa), a bookkeeper, and Matty Iadanza, a garbageman. His mother was an Italian immigrant, and his father was also of Italian descent. He grew up in Malverne, Long Island. Danza received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Dubuque in Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history education. Before finding a job teaching, he found himself earning a living as professional boxer, envisioning himself the next Rocky Graziano. Changing his name to "Dangerous" Tony Danza, he entered the New York Golden Gloves in 1975. Shortly afterward, on Aug. 13, 1976, he started his professional boxing career. Fighting as a middleweight, Danza became a crowd favorite for his walk-in slugging style. He compiled a record of 9-3 with nine knockout victories, seven in the first round.

It was during a gym workout that he was discovered for the part of Tony Banta on the ABC TV show Taxi (1978). Danza still had hopes of being a world champion and scored knockouts in 1978 and 1979 but, unable to secure a title shot, retired from boxing to dedicate himself totally to his acting career. Taxi was critically acclaimed, earning him a place in television history and making him a household name. He followed Taxi with a starring role in the classic ABC comedy series Who's the Boss? (1984), which ran for eight seasons and broke all syndication records. He became known for his lovable sitcom personae.

Danza received an Emmy nomination for a guest-starring role in The Practice (1997) and acclaim for his performance in the Broadway revival of "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill. He also starred in the comedy series Hudson Street (1995) and The Tony Danza Show (1997), for which he was executive producer. His additional television credits include an acclaimed performance opposite George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon in the remake of the film classic 12 Angry Men (1997) and the television movies The Wonderful World of Disney: The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (1998), The Wonderful World of Disney: Noah (1998), The Girl Gets Moe (1997), North Shore Fish (1997) and Deadly Whispers (1995).

Among his motion picture credits are Angels in the Outfield (1994), She's Out of Control (1989), A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998), Glam (1997) and Illtown (1996). He also wrote, directed and starred in the short film Mamamia (1998).

Eventually Tony explored his love for the stage, and among his many stage credits is his exciting run on Broadway in Mel Brooks's hit musical The Producers, playing Max Bialystock (2006-2007), and his reprise of the role in the Las Vegas production at Paris Las Vegas (2007).

For his theatrical debut in Wrong Turn at Lungfish (1993), he earned an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination. Other stage credits include the critically acclaimed The Iceman Cometh, opposite Kevin Spacey, Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play A View from the Bridge, and I Remember You Most recently, Tony returned to the stage in the pre-Broadway run of the much buzzed about and highly acclaimed smash hit musical Honeymoon In Vegas, which he starred in at the Paper Mill Playhouse along with Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), and Brynn O'Malley (Annie). With music and lyrics by Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), the musical is written by Andrew Bergman (Fletch, The Freshman, Blazing Saddles, Soap Dish, The In Laws) and based on his hit Castle Rock / New Line comedy of the same title. Both the show and Tony's performance received amazing reviews, including a love letter from The New York Times, which compares Tony's performance to "the cooler-than-cool spirit" of Frank Sinatra.

He garnered accolades performing in his song-and-dance stage show, which debuted in Atlantic City in 1995. He later took it on the road to major venues throughout the country, from Las Vegas to New York.

In 2013, Tony returned to the big-screen and received great buzz and fantastic reviews for his performance as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's father in Gordon-Levitt's much buzzed and acclaimed directorial debut, Don Jon. The film, which stars Gordon-Levitt, Danza, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, and Scarlett Johansson, was was released in theaters in the fall of 2013.

In 2009-2010, Tony took on his most challenging role yet-teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia's Northeast High School. His experience working as a real teacher was taped and aired on A&E last year in the form of the critically acclaimed seven-part documentary series, entitled Teach.

In September 2012, Crown Publishers (a division of Random House) released Tony's book, I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, a much buzzed about and critically acclaimed reflection of his experience teaching for a year. The book premiered on the New York Times Best Sellers list at number 16 and stayed on the list for two months. The paperback edition hit bookstores in September of 2013. In 2010, AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with more than 35 million readers, presented Tony with their Inspire Award. The Inspire Awards pay tribute to extraordinary people who inspire others to action through their innovative thinking, passion and perseverance. In December of 2012, Tony was amongst the iconic celebrities who participated in the Weinstein Company's historic concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. He was featured in the documentary about the concert, released by the Weinstein Company in the fall of 2013, in which Tony reminds people of the forgotten motto of America, "E pluribus unum", or "out of many one", or as Tony's father would say "we're all in this together, pal".

It's with great belief in the spirit of that motto that Tony participates in many charity efforts. In April of 2013, USA Today honored Tony at their annual National Make A Difference Day Awards for his commitment to helping others through his numerous charity efforts.

Danza is married to his Tracy Robinson, and has three children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: C G Zeh and FFM and Library Bob

Spouse (2)

Tracy Robinson (28 June 1986 - 6 February 2013) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Rhonda Yeoman (1971 - 1974) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Brooklyn accent

Trivia (31)

He broke his back skiing in Utah in 1993, and has plates, rods, and screws in his spine. He lost his house in the Northridge quake January 17, 1994.
He graduated from the University of Dubuque.
He is actually behind the wheel of the cab that's driving across the bridge during the beginning credits of every episode of Taxi (1978).
Before he starred in Taxi (1978), Tony was a boxer and was still fighting professionally during the first few seasons.
Has two daughters Katie (b. 1987), Emily (b. 1993) and one son, Marc Anthony Danza (b. 1971). Marc Anthony guest starred in an episode of Taxi (1978) playing a handicapped kid.
Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1999
Italian-American
Wrote to the late Tupac Shakur while he was in prison. The two later became friends.
Tony Micelli, Danza's character on Who's the Boss? (1984), was ranked #23 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Tony's son, Marc Anthony Danza, also appeared in another episode of Taxi (1978) in which Marc portrayed a foster child that Tony wanted to adopt.
Made his professional boxing debut on August 3, 1976 by knocking out Earl Harris in the first round.
Danza scored first round knockouts over Earl Harris, Joe Marcetti, Ralph Garcia, Ray Bryant, Tony Rodriguez, Billy Perez, and Max Hord.
Escaped serious injury on 9 May 2005 when the mini stock-car he was driving flipped over and he wasn't wearing a helmet.
His character "Tony Banta" in Taxi (1978) was originally called "Phil Banta". The producers thought with him being an inexperienced actor that he would not respond to the name Phil, so they changed it to his real life name.
The metal rock band The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza was named after the actor.
Became a grandfather for the first time on August 27, 2005 when son, Marc Anthony Danza, 34, and wife Julie, also 34, welcomed baby Nicholas David.
Has an Italian-Canadian cousin named Daniel Gianotti.
Retired from boxing following his 3rd round knockout victory over Johnny Heard on May 5, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona.
On September 9, 1977, he was knocked down by Ralph "Rocky" Garcia, but climbed off the canvas to knock out Garcia in the 1st round.
He lost 3 fights as a professional boxer: a 1st round knockout to John LoCicero on October 1, 1976, a 4 round decision to Barry Hill on April 21, 1977, and a 1st round knockout loss to Morris Watkins on November 11, 1977.
As a professional boxer, he fought in such cities as Brooklyn, New York, Long Island, Nanuet, White Plains, and Phoenix.
Almost always watches the television series 24 (2001) with Liza Minnelli.
Turned down the role of "Swan" in The Warriors (1979) for the role of "Tony Banta" on Taxi (1978).
His first "Hollywood girlfriend" was Taxi (1978) co-star Marilu Henner.
Has two children with ex-wife Tracy Robinson: Katherine Danza (b. 1987) and Emily Danza (b. 1993).
Has two children with ex-wife Rhonda "Yeoman" Ladanza: Marc Anthony Danza (b. 1971) and Gina Danza (b. 1983). Gina was born during a reconciliation. Tony and Rhonda later separated again.
Teaching a 10th grade English class at Northeast High School in Philadelphia [April 2010].
His acting mentor was Judd Hirsch.
Is a Republican.
Danza, a race horse named for the actor, finished third in the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Danza attended as an invited guest of the horse's owners, who had been attracted to him and his name from his old Who's the Boss? (1984) TV show.
As of 2018, has appeared in one Best Picture Academy Award nominee/winner: Crash (2004).

Personal Quotes (12)

I am looking forward to getting to do things I have never done before.
Everyone kept telling me, Just be yourself. Be yourself. I kept thinking, there's got to be more to it than that!
Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.
We are cutting things kids like-music, art, and gym classes; stuff that kept me in school. This country can't survive without you kids. It's all about you kids.
I love to cook and I know a lot of people watching love those segments, but so often they feel rushed to me. If we give 'em a bit more time to breathe, people will get more out of them.
Don't try too hard to be young. Be who you are.
I got this call that they wanted me to join this cast. They called it a family show, and it thought that it would be similar to all family shows. I wasn't sure about this until I watched some tapes, and was amazed.
We did 112 shows and had 112 parties.
In an earthquake, I shouldn't run out of the house - I should run into it.
I did Vibe, and I felt old and paternal. I've got ties older than people in that audience. I had a talk with myself. I said, You've got to deal with this better.
The joke I wanted to put into one of the promos for this new season, was to have a guy come up to me and say, Hey! Tony! I love your show, I've watched you every night since you started! And then I'd say, Ah! You're the one!
Sometimes it's like watching a train wreck. You're uncomfortable, but you just can't help yourself. Some of those so-called bad interviews actually turned into compelling television.

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