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Tony Danza at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
|Born||Antonio Salvatore Iadanza
April 21, 1951
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, television personality, tap dancer, boxer, teacher|
|Spouse(s)||Rhonda Yeoman Iadanza (1970–1974); 1 child
Tracy Robinson (1986–2011; divorced); 2 children
Tony Danza (born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza; April 21, 1951) is an American actor known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. In 1998, Danza won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his work on the 1997 sitcom The Tony Danza Show.
Danza was born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Anne Cammisa (1925–1993) and Matty Iadanza (1920–1983), both of whom died from cancer. His mother was a bookkeeper and his father worked as a garbage man in Brooklyn. Danza's father was an American of Italian ancestry and Danza's mother was an immigrant from the town of Campobello di Mazara in the Sicilian province of Trapani. He has a younger brother, Matty Jr. (born 1954), a Los Angeles restaurant owner. When Danza was 14, he and his family relocated to Malverne, New York, on Long Island. Danza attended Malverne High School, graduating in 1969. In the first episode of his show Teach: Tony Danza, Danza describes himself as a "bad student" in high school. He earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1972 from the University of Dubuque, which he attended on a wrestling scholarship. In 1975, as a joke, Danza's friends entered him in the New York City Golden Gloves. After knocking out his first six opponents, Danza was knocked out in the finals.
During his first year of college, he got a Robert Crumb "Keep on Truckin'" tattoo on his upper right arm. In a 1985 interview in Us Weekly magazine, Danza remarked, "I was playing pool with a guy who had all these tattoos, and I wanted to be friends." Danza also sports a "Keep Punching" boxing gloves tattoo on his right shoulder as well as "Tracy", his (former) wife's name, on his chest. In college, Danza met and married his first wife. Danza was a professional boxer with a 9–3 record, with all but one of his fights, wins and losses, ending by knockout. He was ordained by the Universal Life Church, and has been an ordained minister for many years. Shortly after his college graduation, Danza was discovered by a producer at a boxing gymnasium in New York. He then earned a spot on the television show Taxi.
Acting, show business, and teaching
Danza is better known for his roles on Taxi, in which he played cab driver and part-time boxer Tony Banta, and Who's the Boss?, in which he portrayed retired baseball player, housekeeper and single father Tony Micelli.
Danza also starred in the short-lived sitcoms Hudson Street (1995) and The Tony Danza Show (1997), not to be confused with his talk show of the same name. He had a role in the TV drama Family Law from 2000 until 2002. He took his first role, a nonspeaking part as a poker player in National Lampoon's Animal House.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award for a guest-starring 1998 role in the TV series The Practice. His 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. In 2002, Danza released his debut album The House I Live In as a 1950s-style crooner.
Danza hosted his own TV talk show, The Tony Danza Show, that was produced each weekday morning in his hometown of New York and was syndicated across the US. 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. Neither he nor Wallace was wearing a helmet at the time, but both were uninjured. Danza returned to go-kart racing on October 20, 2005, to challenge IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, but his brakes malfunctioned and he skidded into a wall, unharmed. His daytime talk show ended in May 2006; the last live episode aired on May 26, 2006.
He starred on Broadway as "Max Bialystock" in The Producers, from December 19, 2006, to March 11, 2007 and reprised his role at the Paris Las Vegas from August 13, 2007, to February 9, 2008.
In August 2009, it was reported that Danza would appear in a new A&E reality show Teach: Tony Danza, in which he would co-instruct a 10th Grade English class at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. The series was filmed during the 2009-2010 school year and premiered on October 1, 2011. The book I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, which was released in 2012, was based on his year of teaching.
A Broadway adaptation of 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas opened on a pre-Broadway run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse on September 26, 2013, co-starring Danza and Tony nominee Rob McClure with Gary Griffin directing.
In 1986, Danza married for the second time, to Tracy Robinson. The couple separated in 2006 and filed for divorce on March 10, 2011. The divorce was finalized on February 6, 2013. They have two daughters, Katherine (born 1987) and Emily (born 1993).
In 2005, Danza became a grandfather. In 2008, Danza and his son Marc published a cookbook, Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook.
|Win||9–3||Johnny Heard||KO||3 (8)||0:45||May 14, 1979||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Win||8–3||Max Hord||KO||1 (10)||April 27, 1979||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||7–3||Billy Perez||KO||1 (8)||0:44||May 26, 1978||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Win||6–3||Tony Rodriguez||KO||1 (6)||April 9, 1978||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Win||5–3||Ray Bryant||KO||1 (8)||December 21, 1977||Roll-a-Rama, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Loss||4–3||Morris Watkins||TKO||1 (8)||November 9, 1977||Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, USA|
|Win||4–2||Ralph Garcia||TKO||1 (8)||September 9, 1977||Nanuet, New York, USA|
|Win||3–2||Joey Mascetti||TKO||1 (6)||May 24, 1977||Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, USA|
|Win||2–2||Tom Molloy||KO||3 (6)||1:24||May 6, 1977||Long Island Arena, Commack, New York, USA|
|Loss||1–2||Barry Hill||Points||4||April 21, 1977||Dover, New Jersey, USA|
|Loss||1–1||John LoCicero||KO||1 (4)||October 1, 1976||Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, New York, USA|
|Win||1–0||Earl Harris||KO||1 (4)||August 13, 1976||New York City, New York, USA|
|1980||The Hollywood Knights||Duke|
|1980||Murder Can Hurt You||Pony Lambretta||Television movie|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Tony|
|1984||Single Bars, Single Women||Dennis||Television movie|
|1986||Doing Life||Jerry Rosenberg||Television movie|
|1988||Mr. Thompson and His Bananas||Geraldo Thompson|
|1988||Freedom Fighter||Vic Ross||Television movie|
|1989||She's Out of Control||Doug Simpson||Nominated-Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor|
|1991||The Whereabouts of Jenny||Rowdy Patron||Television movie|
|1991||Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace||Constiible Farace||Television movie|
|1992||I'm From Hollywood||Himself|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Mel Clark|
|1994||The Mighty Jungle||Vinnie, the Alligator||Television movie|
|1995||Deadly Whispers||Tom Acton||Television movie|
|1996||North Shore Fish||Sal||Television movie|
|1997||The Girl Gets Moe||Moe|
|1997||A Brooklyn State of Mind||Louie Crisci|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||New York Cab Driver|
|1997||12 Angry Men||Juror #7||Television movie|
|1998||The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon||Barney Gorman|
|1998||Noah||Norman Waters||Television movie|
|2003||Stealing Christmas||Jack Clayton||Television movie|
|2009||The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone||Chickie|
|2013||Don Jon||Jon, Sr.|
|1978–1983||Taxi||Tony Banta||114 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1983||The Love Boat||Bud O'Hara||2 episodes|
|1984–1992||Who's the Boss?||Tony Micelli||196 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (1986–1987, 1989)
Nominated—TV Land Award for Single Dad of the Year
|1988||1988 Kids' Choice Awards||Host|
|1991–1992||Baby Talk||Baby Mickey Campbell||35 episodes|
|1995–1996||Hudson Street||Tony Canetti||22 episodes|
|1997–1998||The Tony Danza Show||Tony DiMeo||14 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series
|1998||The Practice||Tommy Silva||4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2000–2002||Family Law||Joe Celano||25 episodes|
|2000||King of the Hill||Himself||Episode: "Peggy's Fan Fair"|
|2001||Family Guy||Himself||Episode: "Ready, Willing and Disabled"|
|2005||All My Children||Hotel Manager||Episode: "May 18, 2005"|
|2008||Rita Rocks||Matt Morelli||Episode: "The Crying Game"|
|2010||Teach: Tony Danza||Himself||7 episodes|
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- "Ann Iadanza". Variety. June 23, 1993. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- Wharton, Rachel (13 June 2008). "Tony Danza's the boss in the kitchen with new cookbook". Daily News (New York). Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- Tony Danza's TCM bio
- Verne Gay (September 29, 2010). "Tony Danza is not too cool for school". Newsday. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- University of Dubuque website
- Tony Danza profile, boxing-scoop.com; accessed May 20, 2014.
- "Danza, Father and (Finally) Grown-up" by Steve Pond. Us Weekly, August 26, 1985
- "Tony Danza President Puncher". Maxim. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Rafael, Dan (2008-10-01). "'The Contender' to feature two ex-title challengers; TV star Danza to host". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
- "Meet Tony". dailydanza.com.
- Tony Danza Emmy Nominated
- Opinion on Tony Danza's The House I Live In. epinions.com Retrieved 2010-08-10.
- "Wallace swaps go-cart paint with Danza". MSNBC. Associated Press. May 10, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Gans, Andrew (December 19, 2006). "He's the Boss: Tony Danza Joins Broadway's Producers Dec. 19". Playbill. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Playbill News: Tony Danza to "Flaunt It" in Las Vegas Producers This Summer
- Playbill News: Vegas Production of The Producers Ends Feb. 9
- John Bracchitta (September 30, 2008). "Danza hosts The Contender". Realitytvworld.com. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
- Diamond Grant (September 26, 2013). "Tony Danza Leads Honeymoon in Vegas in Pre-Broadway Run in New Jersey". BroadwayTour.net. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Visit the TMZ Store: http://tmzstore.com "TONY DANZA DIVORCED Officially The Boss ... OF HIMSELF". TMZ. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "Tony Danza Files for Divorce After 24 Years of Marriage". TV Guide. March 10, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "Tony and Mark Danza's Favorite Family Recipes". ABC News. May 20, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Professional boxing record for Tony Danza from BoxRec
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tony Danza.|
- Tony Danza at the Internet Movie Database
- Tony Danza at the Internet Broadway Database
- Tony Danza at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- The Tony Danza Show website
- Professional Boxing Record
- Interview with Tony Danza
- Q&A: Tony Danza
- Tony Danza at Emmys.com
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