Happy Birthday Tony Danza: Timeline of the Hollywood Icon’s Career

by Emily Morgan

Veteran actor, entertainment icon, and global superstar Tony Danza is blowing out the candles today for his 70th birthday. Known for roles in shows like “Taxi” and “Who’s The Boss,” Danza has had a successful career, spanning over 40 years. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Danza’s mother was an Italian immigrant, and his father was also of Italian descent. Before landing acting jobs, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history education at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. In 1976, he worked as a professional boxer. He even changed his name to “Dangerous” Tony Danza and also entered the New York Golden Gloves in 1975. 

While working out, an ABC rep approached Danza about appearing on the show, “Taxi.” In 1979, he retired from boxing and dedicated himself to acting. His work on “Taxi” kicked off his career, which would make him a household name. After “Taxi,” he booked a starring role in the classic 1984 comedy series “Who’s the Boss?” which he appeared in for eight seasons. 

Shortly after “Who’s The Boss,” he made his feature film debut when he landed in The Hollywood Knights.” He starred as a mechanic while a young Michelle Pfeiffer played his girlfriend. By 1998, he also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Off-screen, Danza racked up the awards. He received an Emmy nomination for a guest-starring role in “The Practice.” Danza, also a well-versed stage actor, received critical acclaim for his role in Broadway’s The Iceman Cometh. 

Tony Danza’s Done It All

Throughout the ’90s, he inundated the industry. In 1995, he starred in the comedy series “Hudson Street.” He booked his own show in 1997, in which he acted as the executive producer. “The Tony Danza Show” earned Danza his second People’s Choice Award nomination for “Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host.” 

On the big screen, he also had equal success. He starred in Angels in the OutfieldShe’s Out of Control, A Brooklyn State of MindGlam, and Illtown. 

In addition to being a Broadway star, boxer, and actor, he also added teacher to his resume. He booked his most fulfilling role when he taught tenth-grade English at Philadelphia’s Northeast High School. A&E aired his experience working as a teacher in the form of the critically-acclaimed documentary series called “Teach.”

In 2012, Crown Publishers released Tony’s book about his experience: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High. The book premiered on the New York Times Best Sellers list at number 16 and stayed on the list for two months.

Today, you can see him in the 2018 Netflix original series, “The Good Cop,” opposite Josh Groban. His last TV appearance was in 2020 when he made a cameo in “Outmatched.” He also has a film in post-production, per IMDB. He currently lives in New York Tony currently lives in New York City, where he is highly active in several New York City charities.