Tony Danza

Actor, Producer, TV host
While in the midst of a burgeoning, albeit struggling boxing career, actor Tony Danza became a true overnight celebrity thanks to his portrayal of the dimwitted, but good-natured cab driver Tony Banta on the iconic ... Read more »
Born: 04/21/1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (121)

An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Broad City 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aftermath 2014 (Movie)

King (Actor)

Firedog 2014 (Movie)

Rocko (Voice)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Don Jon 2013 (Movie)

Jon Sr. (Actor)

Teach: Tony Danza 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tony Danza Show (Syndicated) 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Family Law 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Contender 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

A Capitol Fourth 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Presenter

VH1 Goes Inside The Miss America Pageant 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS and VH1: Live at the Grammys 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Marilu Henner 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Noah 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1998) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Glam 1998 (Movie)

Sid Dalgren (Actor)

Skitch Henderson at 80 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Girl Gets Moe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goodwill Games Opening Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tony Danza Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

illtown 1998 (Movie)

D'Avalon (Actor)

Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Tony "Boom Boom" Banta (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (1997) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Brooklyn State of Mind 1996 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Hudson Street 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Performances 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1996 ESPY Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Host

Best of Taxi 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettin' Over (06/25/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettin' Over (07/06/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettin' Over (07/06/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

Mel Clark (Actor)

Gettin' Over (09/05/93a) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettin' Over (09/05/93b) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

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

Actor

Gettin' Over (08/08/93a) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettin' Over (08/08/93b) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettin' Over (09/02/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Dead and Alive -- The Race For Gus Farace 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio 59 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Joke 1992 (Movie)

Peter Barth (Actor)

Who's the Boss? 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The All-Star Pro Sports Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

Doug Simpson (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Fighter 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Doing Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

American Video Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Host

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney Goes to the Oscars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stuntman Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Guest

99 Ways to Attract the Right Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVIII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Ape! 1981 (Movie)

Foster (Actor)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Whispers (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)

Himself

North Shore Fish (TV Show)

Actor

Single Bars, Single Women (TV Show)

Actor

Stealing Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Mighty Jungle (TV Show)

Voice

The Whereabouts of Jenny (TV Show)

Actor

Truth or Die (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (13)

Out of Time 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Before They Were Stars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Before They Were Stars IV 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Special Half-Hour Edition of Before They Were Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

An All-New Before They Were Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Before They Were Stars III 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jerky Boys 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Before They Were Stars 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

George 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bermuda Triangle (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crowned and Dangerous (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Truth or Die (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Before They Were Stars! 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

While in the midst of a burgeoning, albeit struggling boxing career, actor Tony Danza became a true overnight celebrity thanks to his portrayal of the dimwitted, but good-natured cab driver Tony Banta on the iconic sitcom, "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983), often ranked as one of the best television comedies ever made. Though sometimes overshadowed by his more bizarre co-stars, Danza nonetheless became an instant household name. Right after "Taxi" ended, he starred in the more conventional sitcom, "Who's the Boss?" (ABC, 1984-1992), which ran for a long eight seasons and sat in Nielsen's Top 10 ratings for several seasons. Because of these two successes, Danza earned himself enough clout to become an executive producer with his own production company, leading to numerous specials and made-for-television movies. While he was a force on the small screen, Danza struggled in the feature world, starring in stinkers like "Going Ape!" (1981), "Cannonball Run II" (1984), and "She's Out of Control" (1989). In later years, he even started to struggle on the small screen with short-lived series like "Hudson Street" (ABC, 1995-96) and "The Tony Danza Show" (ABC, 1997). But he found new life on the Broadway stage with acclaimed dramatic performances in "A View from the Bridge" (1998) and "The Iceman Cometh" (1999), while earning respect for a lauded recurring role on "The Practice" (NBC, 1997-2004). Despite the ups and downs of his career, Danza remained an amiable presence in any project.

Relationships

Emily Danza

Daughter
Born 1993; mother, Tracy Robinson

Katherine Danza

Daughter
Born May 8, 1987; mother, Tracy Robinson

Marc Danza

Son
Born Jan. 29, 1971; mother, Rhonda Yeomen Co-wrote cookbook Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook (2008)

Matty Danza

Brother
Born c. 1954 Operated Los Angeles restaurant Matty's on Melrose

Nicholas Danza

Grandson
Born Aug. 27, 2005 to Marc and Julie Danza

Marilu Henner Actor

Companion
Co-starred on ABC sitcom "Taxi" from 1978-83 Briefly dated during first season No longer together

Matty Iadanza

Father
Died c. 1983 at age 62 of lung cancer and a brain tumor

Anne Iadanza

Mother
Died June 1993 at age 67 of brain cancer

Tracy Robinson Production Manager

Wife
Married June 28, 1986 Separated 2006 Officially filed for divorce March 10, 2011 Divorced Feb. 7, 2013

Rhonda Yeoman

Wife
Married 1971 Divorced 1974

EDUCATION

University of Dubuque

Dubuque , Iowa 1973
Attended on a wrestling scholarship; later received an honorary doctorate

Malverne High School

Malverne , New York 1969

Milestones

2010

Taught at Northeast High School for reality series "Teach" (A&E)

2008

Published cookbook Don't Fill Up On the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook with son Marc Anthony

2008

Hosted fourth season of reality series "The Contender " (NBC Sports Network)

2006

Starred on Broadway as Max Bialystock in "The Producers"

2004

Hosted syndicated daytime talk show "The Tony Danza Show"

2000

Joined cast of CBS drama "Family Law" as Joe Celano

1999

Played title role in L.A. "Reprise!" staging of "Fiorello!"

1999

Returned to Broadway as the bartender in acclaimed revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"

1998

Landed recurring guest role on ABC drama series "The Practice"; nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor

1998

Made Broadway acting debut, succeeding Anthony LaPaglia in acclaimed revival of "A View From the Bridge"

1997

Starred on short-lived NBC series "The Tony Danza Show"

1995

Returned to series TV as executive producer and star of ABC sitcom "Hudson Street"

1994

Returned to features for supporting role in remake of "Angels in the Outfield"

1994

Directed first film, a 20 minute short about his mother "Mamma Mia"

1994

Supplied voice of Vinnie the Alligator on Family Channel series "The Mighty Jungle"

1993

Executive produced first regularly scheduled TV series, short-lived ABC sitcom "George," starring George Foreman

1993

Made New York stage debut in Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz's off-Broadway play "Wrong Turn at Lungfish"

1992

Acted in comic short film "The Joke"

1992

Executive produced and hosted series of reality-based TV specials "Gettin' Over" (ABC)

1991

Guest hosted (for a week) short-lived ABC late night talk show "Studio 59"

1991

Founded Katie Face Productions; first production was ABC TV movie "The Whereabouts of Jenny"

1991

Supplied voice of baby Mickey Campbell on ABC sitcom "Baby Talk"

1990

Performed song "Candy Man" for TV special "Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration"

1989

Starred in "She's Out of Control"

1989

Served as executive script consultant for short-lived ABC sitcom "Living Dolls"

1986

Co-executive produced first TV movie "Doing Life" (NBC); also starred as a real-life convict

1986

TV directorial debut, co-directed (with Gail L. Bergmann) an episode of "Who's the Boss?" entitled "Jr. Executive"

1984

Played lead role of live-in housekeeper Tony Micelli on hit ABC sitcom "Who's the Boss?; nominated for Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor (1987, 1989)

1981

First lead in a feature film, "Going Ape!"

1980

Feature acting debut, "The Hollywood Knights"

1980

Acted in first TV movie "Murder Can Hurt You!" (ABC)

1978

Settled in Los Angeles, CA; briefly considered for a film role in "The Warriors"

1978

Played Tony Banta on popular ABC sitcom "Taxi"; series aired on NBC for its last season; nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1980

1976

Became professional boxer; compiled 12-3 record in the ring, with all of his fights, wins, and losses ending by knockout

Raised in Brooklyn and on Long Island

Made semi-finals and finals in New York Golden Gloves

Bonus Trivia

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In 1984, Danza was found guilty of assaulting a security guard and sentenced to 250 hours of community service, which he served at an upper West Side retirement home.

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