Tony Danza (born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza on April 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American actor best known for starring on the TV series, Taxi and Who's the Boss?, as well as appearing in the motion picture, Crash. He also hosted his own talk show, The Tony Danza Show.
From 1976 to 1979, Danza was a professional boxer with a 9-3 record, all 9 wins coming by way of knockout.Id. 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" (1978) rolled into his life.
Danza is best known for his roles in Taxi (1978-1983), in which he played cab driver and part-time boxer Tony Banta, and Who's the Boss? (1984-1992), portraying housekeeper and single father Tony Micelli.
Danza also starred in the short-lived sitcoms Hudson Street (1995) and The Tony Danza Show (1997), not 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 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 50s-styled crooner.
Danza hosted 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 aired 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. Neither he nor Wallace was wearing a helmet at the time. 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. The last episode was celebrated with performers from the Ringling Brothers Traveling Circus.
As of August 2007, he is continuing his starring role in The Producers at the Paris Las Vegas.
In May 2008, Danza released Don't Fill Up On the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook, a cookbook written by him and his son Marc, a chef.
TONY DANZA RALLIES HIS TROUPE ACTOR KEEPS CHINS UP ON THE SET OF HIS LATEST, RATINGS-BATTERED SITCOM.(TV Dial)
Dec 14, 1997; Byline: Bob Thomas Associated Press HOLLLYWOOD -- Tony Danza performs some of the best acting of his career on Stage 25 at Sony...