Tony Danza

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Tony Danza
Tony danza 2012.jpg
Danza at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
BornAntonio Salvatore Iadanza
April 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, television personality, tap dancer, boxer, teacher
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)
Rhonda Yeoman
(m. 1970; div. 1974)

Tracy Robinson
(m. 1986; div. 2013)
Children4

Tony Danza (born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza; April 21, 1951)[1] is an American actor and former professional boxer. He is best 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 (not to be confused with his 2004–2006 daytime variety talk show of the same name).

Biography[edit]

Danza was born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] to parents Anne Cammisa (1925–1993) and Matty Iadanza (1920–1983) [2] His mother was a bookkeeper and his father worked as a waste collector in Brooklyn.[1][3] Danza's father was of Italian ancestry and Danza's mother was an immigrant from the town of Campobello di Mazara in the Sicilian province of Trapani.[2][4] He has a younger brother, Matty Jr. (born 1954), a Los Angeles restaurant owner.[5] When Danza was 14, he and his family relocated to Malverne, New York, on Long Island. Danza attended Valley Stream North High School, graduating in 1969.[6] 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,[7] 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 all in the first round, Danza was knocked out in the finals.[8]

During his first year of college, he had the Robert Crumb "Keep on Truckin'" character tattooed 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."[9] 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.[10] In college, Danza met and married his first wife.

Career[edit]

Boxer[edit]

Danza was a professional boxer with a record of 9–3 (9 knockouts, 7 in the first round), with all but one of his fights, wins and losses, ending in a knockout.[11]

Acting and show business[edit]

Shortly after his college graduation from the University of Dubuque, Danza was discovered by a producer at a boxing gymnasium in New York.[12] He then earned a spot on the television show Taxi, playing a cab driver and part-time boxer Tony Banta, and later starred on Who's the Boss?, in which he portrayed a former baseball player, housekeeper, and single father Tony Micelli. For his contribution to the television industry, in 1988, Danza was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. Danza also plays the role of a baseball player in Angels in the Outfield (1994).

Danza also starred in the short-lived sitcoms Hudson Street (1995) and The Tony Danza Show (1997), not to be confused with his 2004–2006 talk show, The Tony Danza Show. He had a role in the TV drama Family Law from 2000 until 2002.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[citation needed]

He starred on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers, from December 19, 2006, to March 11, 2007,[16] and reprised his role at the Paris Las Vegas from August 13, 2007,[17] to February 9, 2008.[18]

Danza was to host the 4th season of The Contender in 2008.[19]

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.[20] Danza was inducted into the Ride of Fame in December 2014, and the double-decker sightseeing bus commemorated his role in the Broadway musical.[21]

In June 2017, Netflix announced that Danza would star in a new series, The Good Cop. Danza will portray "a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules." [22][23]

Teaching[edit]

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, 2010. The book I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High (ISBN 9780307887863), which was released in 2012, was based on his year of teaching.

Personal life[edit]

Danza's first marriage was to Rhonda Yeoman. They wed in 1970 and divorced in 1974. Their son Marc appeared with Tony on Taxi in two episodes as Brian Sims. Tony and Rhonda reconciled in 1983 and had a daughter.[24]

In 1986, Danza married Tracy Robinson. The couple separated in 2006 and filed for divorce on March 10, 2011; the divorce was finalized on February 6, 2013.[25][26] They have two daughters.[24]

In 2008, Danza and his son Marc published a cookbook, Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook.[27]

Boxing record[edit]

Source:[28]

Result Record Opponent Type Round Time Date Location Notes
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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Hollywood Knights Tony
1981 Going Ape! Tony
1984 Cannonball Run II Tony
1988 Mr. Thompson and His Bananas Tony Thompson
1988 Wall of Tyranny (a.k.a. Freedom Fighter) Tony Ross
1989 She's Out of Control Tony Simpson Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1989 I'm from Hollywood Himself
1994 Angels in the Outfield Mel Clark
1996 Illtown Tony D'Avalon
1996 Dear God Himself Uncredited
1997 Glam Tony
1997 The Girl Gets Moe Mony
1997 A Brooklyn State of Mind Tony Crisci
1997 Meet Wally Sparks New York Cab Driver/Tony Banta 2003 ″ Stealing Christmas ″

Jack Clayton / Santa

2004 The Whisper Simon 2004 Crash Fred
2006 Cloud 9 Himself Uncredited
2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone Chickie
2010 Firedog Rocky
2013 Don Jon Jon Martello, Sr.
2013 Aftermath King

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978–1983 Taxi Tony Banta 114 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1980 Murder Can Hurt You Pony Lambretta Television film
1983 The Love Boat Bud O'Hara 2 episodes
1984 Single Bars, Single Women Dennis Television film
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
1986 Doing Life Jerry Rosenberg Television film
1988 1988 Kids' Choice Awards Host
1988 Freedom Fighter Vic Ross Television film
1991 The Whereabouts of Jenny Rowdy Patron Television film
1991 Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Constabile «Gus» Farace Television film
1991–1992 Baby Talk Baby Mickey Campbell (voice) 35 episodes
1994 The Mighty Jungle Vinnie, the Alligator (voice) Unknown episodes
1994 The Mighty Jungle Vinnie, the Alligator (voice) Television film
1995 Deadly Whispers Tom Acton Television film
1995–1996 Hudson Street Tony Canetti 22 episodes
1996 North Shore Fish Sal Television film
1997 12 Angry Men Juror #7 Television film
1997–1998 The Tony Danza Show Tony DiMeo 14 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series
1998 The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon Barney Gorman Television film
1998 The Practice Tommy Silva 4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1998 Noah Norman Waters Television film
1998 A Capitol Fourth Himself (Host)
2000–2002 Family Law Joe Celano 25 episodes
2000 King of the Hill Himself (voice) Episode: "Peggy's Fan Fair"
2001 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: "Ready, Willing and Disabled"
2004–2006 The Tony Danza Show Himself Host; 330 episodes
2005 All My Children Hotel Manager Episode: "May 18, 2005"
2007 A Capitol Fourth Himself (Host)
2008 Rita Rocks Matt Morelli Episode: "The Crying Game"
2010 Teach: Tony Danza Himself 7 episodes
2016 Broad City Abbi's Father Episode: "Philadelphia"
2016 Sebastian Says Salvo Television film
2017 There's... Johnny! Freddie
2018 The Good Cop Tony Caruso Sr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tony Danza Biography (1951-)". FilmReference.com.
  2. ^ a b "Ann Iadanza". Variety. June 23, 1993. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Wharton, Rachel (13 June 2008). "Tony Danza's the boss in the kitchen with new cookbook". Daily News. New York. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  4. ^ walkoffame.com
  5. ^ Tony Danza's TCM bio
  6. ^ Verne Gay (September 29, 2010). "Tony Danza is not too cool for school". Newsday. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  7. ^ University of Dubuque website
  8. ^ Tony Danza profile, boxing-scoop.com; accessed May 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Danza, Father and (Finally) Grown-up" by Steve Pond. Us Weekly, August 26, 1985
  10. ^ "Tony Danza President Puncher". Maxim. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  11. ^ Rafael, Dan (2008-10-01). "'The Contender' to feature two ex-title challengers; TV star Danza to host". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  12. ^ "Meet Tony". dailydanza.com.
  13. ^ "Tony Danza: Awards and Nominations". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "The House I Live In by Tony Danza". epinions.com. 2011. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Wallace swaps go-cart paint with Danza". MSNBC.com. Associated Press. May 10, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew (December 19, 2006). "He's the Boss: Tony Danza Joins Broadway's Producers Dec. 19". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  17. ^ Jones, Kenneth (June 19, 2007). "Tony Danza to 'Flaunt It' in Las Vegas Producers This Summer". Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  18. ^ Jones, Kenneth (February 9, 2008). "Vegas Production of The Producers Ends Feb. 9". Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  19. ^ Bracchitta, John (September 30, 2008). "Danza hosts The Contender". RealityTVWorld.com. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  20. ^ Grant, Diamond (September 26, 2013). "Tony Danza Leads Honeymoon in Vegas in Pre-Broadway Run in New Jersey". BroadwayTour.net. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  21. ^ Voltaw, Melanie (December 1, 2014). "Tony Danza Dedicates Doubledecker Bus in NYC". ReelLifeWithJane.com. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  22. ^ Otterson, Joe, "Tony Danza to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Good Cop’," Variety, June 19, 2017
  23. ^ Zuckerman, Esther, "Tony Danza to play a bad cop in Netflix’s The Good Cop," A.V. Club, June 19, 2017
  24. ^ a b D'Zurilla, Christie (February 8, 2013). "Tony Danza's divorce finalized — finally!". LATimes.com. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  25. ^ "Tony Danze Divorced: Officially The Boss ... of Himself". TMZ.com. 7 February 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  26. ^ "Tony Danza Files for Divorce After 24 Years of Marriage". TV Guide. March 10, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  27. ^ "Tony and Mark Danza's Favorite Family Recipes". ABC News. May 20, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  28. ^ Professional boxing record for Tony Danza from BoxRec

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Preceded by
Donny and Marie Osmond
Host of Miss America
2002
Succeeded by
Wayne Brady