Forty-eight years and 128 film and TV roles later, Danny DeVito was doubly honored Friday during the closing ceremony of L.A. Italia Fest.
The iconic Italian-American actor took home the Jack Valenti, Italia Legend Award, and in recognition of his decades-long entertainment career, was named a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by Consul Antonio Verde.
Named for the longtime MPAA president Jack Valenti, the Italia Legend award award is the fest’s highest honor, given each year to an Italian American who has made great contributions to the entertainment industry, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
?I am honored to receive the 2018?Jack Valenti Legend Award,? said DeVito in a prepared statement. ?I knew Jack well and admired him not only as a wonderful person but also as a world-class, inspirational leader who throughout his years at the helm of the MPAA earned respect for our motion picture industry throughout the world.?
DeVito is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner who made resonant strides in both television and movies — from Taxi and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Get Shorty, L.A. Confidential and Man on the Moon.
He has also produced several films, including 2000’s?Erin Brockovich, which netted Julia Roberts an Oscar for Best Actress.?
His family originally emigrated from San Fele in Basilicata.
Past recipients of the Legend Award have included Al Pacino, Anjelica Huston, Liza Minnelli and Sylvester Stallone.