Net worth: $80 million
Danny DeVito was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 17, 1944. His father ran a few small businesses, including a candy store and a dry cleaners. The neighborhood he grew up in was a rough one, and drugs were a problem.
"Though you could be tempted with heroin, I wasn't. And it was mainly heroin then, there wasn't crack or anything when I was a kid. You went straight to skin-popping and mainlining," DeVito told the Guardian.
DeVito says at the age of 14, he convinced his parents to send him to Oratory Prep, a Catholic boarding school, so he would stay out of trouble. One of his first jobs was as a hairdresser, a gig in which he worked with his sister.
DeVito graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1966. Standing at only five feet tall, DeVito has Fairbank's disease, a rare genetic disorder that prevents bone growth. It's something that surely worked against him, but it also worked in his favor.
"Because I wasn't so average. Early on, when I'd go in for a part, people would go, 'Oh.' [Interested stare.] Later, when they rewind that meeting, it would be, 'We've seen 20 actors for the role of the servant in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor,' but wait a minute, we've done this already with this guy, so let's try this Danny guy.' I got two Shakespeare parts like that," he recalled.
DeVito had several film roles starting in the early 1970s, including a part in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." His breakout performance came in the ABC series "Taxi," where he met his longtime wife Rhea Perlman (the two separated in 2017 but aren't divorced).
DeVito has become something of a pop culture icon thanks to his role as the unhinged Frank Reynolds in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."