Tony Danza lived with his family in Brooklyn until they moved to Malverne, NY, when he was a teenager. Both of his parents died from cancer. He attended the University of Dubuque in Iowa on a wrestling scholarship (he majored in History). When he was 18, he got a tattoo on his upper right arm that was based on a design by the comic book artist Robert Crumb. The tattoo says "Keep on Truckin'." Danza was a boxer when he began his acting career on the TV sitcom Taxi.
Danza is probably best-known for his appearances in the TV sitcoms Taxi (1978-1983) and Who's the Boss? (1984-1992).
Danza also starred in the short-lived sitcoms Hudson Street (1995) and The Tony Danza Show (1997, not to be confused with his current talk show). He had a role on the TV drama Family Law from 2000 until 2002.
Tony Danza was nominated for an Emmy Award for a guest-starring 1998 role in the TV series The Practice.
Tony Danza's movie debut was in the comedy The Hollywood Knights (1980), which was followed by Going Ape! (1981).
He received critical acclaim for his performance in the 1999 Broadway revival of the Eugene O'Neill play The Iceman Cometh.
Danza now hosts his own TV talk show, The Tony Danza Show, a nationally-syndicated program produced each weekday morning in his hometown of New York (where it airs live). On May 9, 2005, during a go-kart race with NASCAR star Rusty Wallace, who was a guest on the show, Danza's kart flipped after Wallace accidentally bumped him. Danza wasn't injured, which was miraculous, because neither Danza nor Wallace was wearing a helmet.
Tony Danza is also an Ordained Minister with the Universal Life Church and performed a marriage on his show.
Film List & Televisopn
- Family Law (TV, CBS, 2000,Joe Cortese)
- The Practice (TV,1999)
- Noah (1998,TV, Norman Waters)
- The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (1998,TV,Barney Gorman)
- The Tony Danza Show (1997, TV Series, Tony DiMeo
- 12 Angry Men (1997,TV,Juror #7)
- Meet Wally Sparks (1997,New York Cab Driver)
- A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997,Louie Crisci)
- The Girl Gets Moe (1997,Movie on Video,Moe)
- Glam (1997,Sid)
- Dear God (1996,Movie,Himself)
- Illtown (1996,D'Avalon)
- North Shore Fish (1996,TV,Sal)
- Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents (1996,TV,Co-host)
- Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995,TV, Cameo)
- Hudson Street (1995,TV Series,Tony Canetti)
- Deadly Whispers (1995,TV,Tom Acton)
- Mob Justice (1995,TV,Gus Farace)
- Angels in the Outfield (1994,Disney Movie,Mel Clark)
- The Mighty Jungle (1994,TV Series(voice),Vinnie, the Alligator)
- I'm From Hollywood (1992,Cameo)
- Baby Talk (1991,TV Series (voice),Mickey Campbell)
- The Whereabouts of Jenny (1991,TV,Rowdy Patron)
- She's Out of Control (1989,Movie,Doug Simpson)
- Freedom Fighter (1988,TV,Vic Ross)
- Doing Life (1986,TV,Jerry Rosenberg)
- Who's the Boss (1984,TV Series,Tony Micelli)
- Cannonball Run II (1984, Movie,Terry)
- Single Bars, Single Women (1984,TV,Dennis)
- Going Ape (1981,Movie,Foster)
- Murder Can Hurt You (1980,TV,Pony Lambretta)
- The Hollywood Knights (1980,Duke)
- Taxi (1978,TV Series,Tony Banta)