Danny DeVito Has Been Given An Honourary "Day" Of Celebration In New Jersey

Danny DeVito plays a mentally-ill inmate in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged brother in Twins and the illustrious Frank Reynolds in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Well, the American actor, filmmaker and all-around cultural touch-stone has now officially been given his own "day" of celebration in his hometown in New Jersey.

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Asbury Park City Council has honoured the much-loved 73-year-old, who was born in the Neptune Township and raised in the local area, by declaring his birthday as a city-wide day of celebration.

November 17 will now be known as "Danny DeVito Day".

The honour was announced as DeVito appeared at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also spoke at the festival, saying: "Danny has never forgotten where he came from."

According to the New York Times, he named his production companies after New Jersey and paid for repairs to a local theatre so the premiere of "Throw Mamma From the Train".

He was also the executive producer behind “Garden State,” and when his fellow Jersey icon, Bruce Springsteen, was inducted into the state Hall of Fame, DeVito gave the introduction.

DeVito gained prominence in the late-1970s for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the TV series Taxi.

He went on to star alongside Jack Nicholson as Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next, Penguin in Batman Returns and voiced Lorax, Swackhammer in Space Jam and Herb Powell in the Simpsons.

But his most notable performance has to be as Frank Reynolds (aka the Warthog), a deadbeat dad with no moral compass or decency, who lives in squalor with his biological son (and ex-husband) Charlie.

He reportedly took the role as the owner of Paddy's Pub, who spends his days high on a mixture of psychedelic drugs and rum ham, to save the show from being cancelled, because he loved it so much.

Over the last few years, DeVito has also shared his thoughts on politics, describing the then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as a 'man who speaks the truth'.

He has also endorsed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter, insisting he is "the guy" who should become the next Prime Minister in Britain.

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