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One interesting fact about the career history of Tony Danza is that he tried his hands at several professions before discovering his love for acting. The famed actor went from teaching to wrestling dancing, writing and singing before he finally settled down as an actor when he made his acting debut as one of the main characters on Taxi, portraying the character of Tony Banta.
Tony’s big break came from the popular sitcom Who’s the Boss which aired between 1984-1992. Till date, he has been featured in several notable productions like The Practice, Hudson Street, The Good Cop, Broad City and Don Jon. He also served as the executive producer of the Tony Danza Show.
The veteran artist was born on the 21st of April 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Matty LaDanza earned a living as a waste collector while his mother, Anne Cammisa worked as a bookkeeper. Both his parents were Italians. Tony’s younger brother, Matty Jr., later became a restaurateur in Los Angeles.
When his family moved to Malverne, New York, he joined Valley Stream North High School where he graduated from in 1969, he proceeded to the University of Dubuque on a wrestling scholarship and bagged a BA in History in 1972. Tony tried his hands at wrestling after graduation when his friends encouraged him to join the New York City Golden Gloves. He achieved some level of success in the rings but left wrestling to join the acting profession when he landed the role of Tony Banta in the ABC television show Taxi which debuted in 1978.
Tony Danza has seen several prestigious awards and nominations in the course of his high-profile career. In 1980 he was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV. Seven years later, in 1987, he got another Golden Globe nomination but this time in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy; he was also a nominee for the same award in 1989. Tony’s Emmy nomination came in 1999 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for The Practice. In 1998, he was declared the winner of People’s Choice Awards in the category of Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his role as Tony DiMeo in The Tony Danza Show.
Height and Weight
Tony’s height is listed at 5 feet 9 inches which – approximately 1.75 m with a matching body weight of 77kg. It is not surprising that the actor is in great shape considering his former profession as a boxer. While his exact workout routine is not available to the public, it is apparent that Tony Danza puts in the effort to maintain his physique.
The multi-talented entertainer’s net worth is rather impressive. His current wealth has been estimated at a whopping $40 million. Although a lion’s share of his wealth came from his acting career, his other jobs as wrestler, choreographer, tutor and dancer all contributed to his current net worth.
Celebrity Facts About Tony Danza
1. Relationship history
Tony Danza has been married twice throughout his life. His first marriage was to Rhonda Yeoman in 1971, their marriage came to an end a few years later in 1974. The couple has two children together – a son, Marc Anthony Danza who was born in 1971 and a daughter, Gina Danza who came after a reconciliation between the couple in 1983 before they later separated for the final time. Marc made a few appearances in some episodes of the series Taxi.
Tony’s second attempt at matrimony was with Tracy Robinson, they tied the knot on the 28th of June 1986. The couple had two daughters namely Emily Danza, born in 1993 and Katherine Danza, who was born in 1987.
2. He’s A Grandfather
On the 27th of August 2005, his son, Marc, made Tony a grandfather when his wife Julie gave birth to a baby boy named Nicolas David.
3. Broadway Alum
Tony Danza has appeared in several Broadway plays over the course of his career including the 1999 revival of The Iceman Cometh and The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.
4. His Debut Book
In September 2012, Tony’s book titled I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High which chronicled his experience as a teacher was released by Crown Publishers.