Rhea Perlman

Actor, Writer, Producer
Despite her diminutive stature, actress Rhea Perlman cut a formidable onscreen presence with memorable, strong-willed characters all throughout her career, but none were as larger-than-life than her unflinchingly ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1948 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

I'll See You In My Dreams 2015 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The Mindy Project 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kirstie 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neighbors 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oliver's Ghost 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sessions 2012 (Movie)

Mikvah Lady (Actor)

Wilfred 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hung 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Comes Lately 2008 (Movie)

Reisel (Actor)

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

10 Items Or Less 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat Actress 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Scooby-Doo Halloween 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Kevin Hill 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Karen Sisco 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1982 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Becker 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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A Tale of Two Bunnies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Union Square 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Carpool 1996 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

Zinnia Wormwood (Actor)

Sunset Park 1996 (Movie)

Phyllis Saroka (Actor)

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Best of Taxi 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1982 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

Deputy Honey (Actor)

Roc 1982 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Critic 1982 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Voice

Spoils of War 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

A Place to Be Loved 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1982 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Selling of Vince D'Angelo 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

of Mother Bird (Voice)

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

Miss Joanne Simpson (Actor)

The Last Halloween 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted & Venus 1991 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Enid Is Sleeping 1990 (Movie)

Mavis (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Daddies? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Cares For the Children? 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera: The First 40 Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tortellis 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

My Little Pony 1986 (Movie)

of Reeka (Voice)

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Francine Kester (Actor)

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Child 1982 (Movie)

June Burns (Actor)

Having Babies II 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Strangers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Amazing Stories (TV Show)

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Dangerous Affection (TV Show)

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Drop-Out Father (TV Show)

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H-E Double Hockey Sticks (TV Show)

Actor

I Want to Keep My Baby! (TV Show)

Actor

In the Doghouse (TV Show)

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Like Normal People (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Cutting (TV Show)

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Stalk the Wild Child (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Choir (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Despite her diminutive stature, actress Rhea Perlman cut a formidable onscreen presence with memorable, strong-willed characters all throughout her career, but none were as larger-than-life than her unflinchingly sharp-tongued and oft-pregnant barmaid, Carla Tortelli, on the iconic sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). For 11 seasons, Perlman's Carla slung beers and barbs while assuring her place as one of television's great masters of the putdown. Prior to her Emmy-winning success on "Cheers," Perlman was a veteran of stage and screen, most notably with a recurring role on "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983), which starred real-life husband Danny DeVito. In fact, she and DeVito routinely appeared together in a wide variety of films and television projects, though notably he never appeared on "Cheers." Once the show left the air in 1993, Perlman made a couple of attempts to be a regular on other series - including one that was a spin-off for Carla - but nothing ever took hold, leading her to focus more on family-oriented TV movies and features. Of course, she would guest star on popular shows like "Becker" (CBS, 1998-2004), which starred "Cheers" alum Ted Danson, and "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), which starred Kelsey Grammer. Though never reaching the heights she did in the 1980s, Perlman remained a busy actress who brought wit and charm to every role she played.

Relationships

Danny DeVito Actor

Husband
Met 1970 in New York and began living together after two weeks Married Jan. 28, 1982 Announced separation Oct. 8, 2012 Reportedly reconciled as of March 2013

Daniel DeVito

Son
Born October 1987; father, Danny DeVito

Lucy Devito Actor

Daughter
Born March 1983; father, Danny DeVito

Gracie Devito Actor

Daughter
Born March 1985; mother, Rhea Perlman

Randall M. Miller Actor

Cousin

Adele Perlman

Mother
Married Phil Perlman c. 1946

Phil Perlman Actor

Father
Born Aug. 15, 1919 Emigrated from Poland in 1922; married c. 1946; former doll and toy-part salesman, but retired in 1986, same year as when he first appeared on "Cheers" as an extra; had small parts in Perlman's husband Danny DeVito's films and TV shows; became a SAG member

Heide Perlman Actor

Sister
Born Sept. 22, 1951; co-produced "Cheers" (NBC), which co-starred sister

EDUCATION

Hunter College

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy in drama feature "The Sessions"

2009

Appeared in recurring role on HBO's "Hung"

2007

Made London stage debut in "Boeing-Boeing," replacing Patricia Hodge in role of long-suffering housekeeper Bertha

2006

Cast in Brad Silberling's low-budget feature "10 Items or Less"

2006

Released the Otto Undercover children's book series, starting with Born To Drive

2001

Featured in TV drama "Kate Brasher" (CBS); husband DeVito executive produced

1998

Starred in L.A. production of Tony Award-winning play "The Last Night of the Ballyhoo"

1996

Returned to series TV as star and executive producer of "Pearl" (CBS)

1994

Signed pilot development deal with CBS

1993

Starred in "We're Back! A Dinosaurs Story" and CBS movie "A Place to be Loved"

1990

Returned to feature films with black comedy "Enid Is Sleeping"

1986

Played the voice of Reeka in animated feature "My Little Pony"

1984

Formed New Street Productions with husband, actor Danny DeVito (date approximate); co-starred with him in pay-TV original movie "The Ratings Game"

1982

Feature film debut, "Love Child"

1982

Played tough bar waitress Carla Tortelli LeBec on popular NBC sitcom "Cheers"

1976

First TV-movies, "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS) and "Stalk the Wild Child" (NBC)

1973

Made off-off-Broadway debut in "What! And Leave Bloomingdale's?"

Co-founded (with Danny DeVito) production company Jersey Films

Founded the Colonnades Theatre Lab in New York

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