Currently alive, at 77 years of age.
1944 – Born on the 17th of November in Neptune, New Jersey. He is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, director, and an Oscar-nominated producer.
1961 – He boarded at Oratory Preparatory School, in Summit, New Jersey, and graduated.
1978 – 1983 – First gained prominence for his portrayal of "Louie De Palma" on the popular ABC and NBC TV series Taxi.
1982 – He married actress Rhea Perlman.
1984 – As the comic rogue in the romantic adventure Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.
1986 – He was in Ruthless People with Bette Midler and Judge Reinhold.
1987 – Made his feature directing debut on dark comedy Throw Momma from the Train, in which he additionally starred, opposite Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey.
1987 – 2007 – Has directed six motion pictures, Throw Momma From the Train, The War of the Roses, Hoffa, Matilda, Death to Smoochy, and Duplex. He is set to direct his seventh feature, 07’s I Married a Witch, which will star Tom Cruise & Famke Janssen.
1994 – 2001 – Expanded into drama with such movies as Renaissance Man as Army Professor Bill Rago; The Rainmaker, as Deck Shifflet, a former insurance assessor; Hoffa, which he directed and in which he co-starred with Jack Nicholson; L.A. Confidential as a sleazy reporter; The Big Kahuna as a compassionate salesman Amos Calloway; and Heist, as a gangster nemesis to Gene Hackman.
1999 – Produced and co-starred in Man On The Moon, a movie about the unusual life of his former Taxi co-star, Andy Kaufman.
2004 – He earned a 04′ Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, an episode of Friends, following four Emmy nominations.
2006 – He began a partnership with Morgan Freeman’s company ClickStar, where he hosts a documentary channel called Jersey Docs.