Who is Jake DeVito?
Jake Daniel DeVito was born in October 1986, in New York City, USA. He is a producer, actor, and filmmaker, but possibly best known for being the son of actor Danny DeVito from his marriage to actress Rhea Perlman. His father is known for various high profile film and television projects during his career, including “Taxi”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Hercules”, and “Erin Brokovich”.
The Net Worth of Jake DeVito
As of early-2020, Jake DeVito’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through success in his various endeavors, including his film work.
While he’s produced a few entertainment projects which have earned him money, he has also engaged in other projects though the details of these are not readily available to the public.
Life and Career
Jake grew up with a lot of firsthand knowledge of the entertainment industry and acting as a profession. He was raised by two notable actors, who’ve won awards and had big paydays during their careers. Despite that, they never forced him to become an actor, encouraging him to pursue whatever he wanted to do.
He briefly tried his hand at acting in the 2000s, with his most notable work being his film debut in “Pieces of a Dream” released in 2005.
He then took a long hiatus from the industry, pursuing other projects before returning as a producer in 2014. Some of the projects he made during this period include “Fair Chase”, “Batter Angels”, and “Quicksand”. By his return, he had learned more about the inner workings of filmmaking and worked with the electronics crew as well as with cinematographers. He was one of the producers of the documentary “Folk”, and has also produced a few short films in the 2010s.
There are no details regarding Jake’s romantic endeavors though it is generally believed that he is single.
He’s been used to a lavish lifestyle as he grew up in a large 14,000 square foot home in Beverly Hills which his parents purchased. He often attributes his love for filmmaking to his father who also introduced him to production work through his business and production efforts. He has two siblings, one of whom is actress Lucy DeVito who is known for her various roles in theatre. In mainstream film projects, she is known for her work in “The Comedian” and “Leaves of Grass”.
Mother – Rhea Perlman
Rhea Perlman grew up in Los Angeles, and as a result she and her sister aspired to a career in the entertainment industry.
After completing a degree from Hunter College in New York, she returned to Los Angeles and began looking for work. After a few guest projects, she was cast as a recurring character in the series “Taxi” (1979-82), alongside her future husband Danny DeVito.
Her biggest project came later in the 1980s, when she became a regular cast member of the television show “Cheers”. The show aired on ABC for 11 seasons and tells the story of the titular bar and the people who frequent it, along with its employees. It struggled initially in the ratings, but eventually became one of the highest-rated shows in the country.
It gained a strong international audience, and elevated the career of many of its cast members such as Kelsey Grammer. It won 28 Primetime Emmy Awards during its run, and ended strongly with critical acclaim, considered by many as one of the greatest television shows of all time.
Father – Danny DeVito
Danny grew up in New Jersey, with his Italian family originally from Basilicata, Southern Italy. At a young age, he aspired to a career as an actor, and pursued it throughout his studies. He enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then pursued a career in theatre, appearing in productions as a part of the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective, where he would meet his future wife.
In 1971 he was cast in the production “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and his performance saw him reprise his role in the film adaptation, released in 1975.
This led to more opportunities for him, as he was then cast in the television show “Taxi”, which elevated his career significantly. The show aired for six seasons and won numerous Emmy Awards in telling the story of several New York City-based taxi drivers, and the things they encounter daily. While working on the show, he had more roles in films, and following its end, he decided to focus more on his film work, which was advancing very quickly thanks to the successes of his projects.
The Success of Danny DeVito
Some of the hit films that he worked on during his career include “Terms of Endearment”, “Matilda”, “Mars Attacks!”, and “The War of the Roses”. Aside from film work, he lent his voice to several productions, including “Space Jam”. He also had a significant role in the animated film “Hercules”, in which he voiced the titular character’s trainer, Phil. One of his most recent voice projects is “The Lorax”, in which he voiced the titular character.
In the 2000s he returned to television, and was cast in the sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, and has been with the show since 2006.
The show ran on FX for its first eight years before moving to FXX. It tells the story of a group of friends who run an Irish Bar in Pennsylvania. The series is tied for the record of longest-running live-action sitcoms, sharing it with “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”.
Apart from acting, Danny is also the founder of the production company Jersey Films, which is responsible for projects such as “Freedom Writers”, and “Pulp Fiction”. Throughout his career, he’s often been identified by his short height, which is attributed to a genetic disorder.