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Biography #2Tony Danza recently received an Emmy Award nomination for a guest-starring role in the series The Practice and critical acclaim for his performance in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. He is best known, however, for his loveable sitcom personae.
Following a five-year run in Taxi, he starred in Who's the Boss? for eight seasons. He also starred in the comedy series Hudson Street and The Tony Danza Show, for which he was executive producer. His additional television credits include an acclaimed performance opposite George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon in the remake of the film classic 12 Angry Men and the television movies "The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon, Noah, The Girl Gets Moe, Northshore Fish and Deadly Whispers.
Danza's additional stage credits include the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning A View From the Bridge. His theatrical debut in Wrong Turn at Lungfish earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Among his motion picture credits are Angels in the Outfield, She's Out of Control, A Brooklyn State of Mind, Gangster Glam and Illtown. He also wrote, directed and starred in the short film Mama Miaand continues to garner accolades performing in his song-and-dance stage show, which debuted in Atlantic City in 1995. He has since taken it on the road to major venues throughout the country, from Las Vegas to New York.
Danza earned a bachelor's degree in history education from the University of Dubuque, which he attended on a wrestling scholarship. Shortly after graduation, he was discovered by a producer at a boxing gymnasium in New York and Taxi rolled into his life.
Danza was born in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracy, and three children. His birthdate is April 21.
Bio courtesy CBS (01-Jan-2000)
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