The 19th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Kirk Douglas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)
Despite his diminutive 5-foot frame, actor Danny DeVito loomed large on television and in features after his stint as the acerbic Louie De Palma on the classic sitcom, "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983). After gaining acclaim as the sex-obsessed mental patient Martini in both the stage and film versions of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), DeVito landed the role of Louie and spent the next five years delighting in his torment of a ragtag group of New York cabbies. Once the Emmy Award-winning show was canceled, he made his way in features, delivering a variation on the Louie De Palma theme in the popular adventure comedies, "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and "Jewel of the Nile" (1985). But it was his crossover as a director, notably with the bizarre black comedy "Throw Momma From the Train" (1987), in which he also starred, that solidified DeVito as a multifaceted talent. He spent the next couple of decades deftly transitioning from directing "War of the Roses" (1989) to starring as Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-lost sibling in "Twins" (1988) and as The Penguin in "Batman Returns" (1992) to producing "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and "Erin Brockovich" (2000) under the auspices of his production company, Jersey Films. By the time he returned to regular series television with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX, 2005- ), DeVito was a powerful Hollywood insider capable of making just about any project he wished.