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Also Known As: Rhea Jo Perlman Died:
Born: March 31, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, writer

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Despite her diminutive stature, actress Rhea Perlman cut a formidable onscreen presence with memorable, strong-willed characters all throughout her career, but none were as larger-than-life than her unflinchingly sharp-tongued and oft-pregnant barmaid, Carla Tortelli, on the iconic sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). For 11 seasons, Perlman's Carla slung beers and barbs while assuring her place as one of television's great masters of the putdown. Prior to her Emmy-winning success on "Cheers," Perlman was a veteran of stage and screen, most notably with a recurring role on "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983), which starred real-life husband Danny DeVito. In fact, she and DeVito routinely appeared together in a wide variety of films and television projects, though notably he never appeared on "Cheers." Once the show left the air in 1993, Perlman made a couple of attempts to be a regular on other series - including one that was a spin-off for Carla - but nothing ever took hold, leading her to focus more on family-oriented TV movies and features. Of course, she would guest star on popular shows like "Becker" (CBS, 1998-2004), which starred "Cheers" alum Ted Danson, and "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), which starred...

Despite her diminutive stature, actress Rhea Perlman cut a formidable onscreen presence with memorable, strong-willed characters all throughout her career, but none were as larger-than-life than her unflinchingly sharp-tongued and oft-pregnant barmaid, Carla Tortelli, on the iconic sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). For 11 seasons, Perlman's Carla slung beers and barbs while assuring her place as one of television's great masters of the putdown. Prior to her Emmy-winning success on "Cheers," Perlman was a veteran of stage and screen, most notably with a recurring role on "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983), which starred real-life husband Danny DeVito. In fact, she and DeVito routinely appeared together in a wide variety of films and television projects, though notably he never appeared on "Cheers." Once the show left the air in 1993, Perlman made a couple of attempts to be a regular on other series - including one that was a spin-off for Carla - but nothing ever took hold, leading her to focus more on family-oriented TV movies and features. Of course, she would guest star on popular shows like "Becker" (CBS, 1998-2004), which starred "Cheers" alum Ted Danson, and "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), which starred Kelsey Grammer. Though never reaching the heights she did in the 1980s, Perlman remained a busy actress who brought wit and charm to every role she played.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Oliver's Ghost (2011)
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4.
 10 Items Or Less (2006)
6.
 Tale of Two Bunnies, A (2000) Thelma
7.
 Secret Cutting (2000) Dr Parella
8.
 H-E Double Hockey Sticks (1999) Ms B
9.
 Houdini (1998) Esther
10.
 In the Doghouse (1998) Phil Markowitz
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Founded the Colonnades Theatre Lab in New York
1973:
Made off-off-Broadway debut in "What! And Leave Bloomingdale's?"
1976:
First TV-movies, "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS) and "Stalk the Wild Child" (NBC)
1982:
Played tough bar waitress Carla Tortelli LeBec on popular NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1982:
Feature film debut, "Love Child"
1984:
Formed New Street Productions with husband, actor Danny DeVito (date approximate); co-starred with him in pay-TV original movie "The Ratings Game"
1986:
Played the voice of Reeka in animated feature "My Little Pony"
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Co-founded (with Danny DeVito) production company Jersey Films
1990:
Returned to feature films with black comedy "Enid Is Sleeping"
1993:
Starred in "We're Back! A Dinosaurs Story" and CBS movie "A Place to be Loved"
1994:
Signed pilot development deal with CBS
1996:
Returned to series TV as star and executive producer of "Pearl" (CBS)
1998:
Starred in L.A. production of Tony Award-winning play "The Last Night of the Ballyhoo"
2001:
Featured in TV drama "Kate Brasher" (CBS); husband DeVito executive produced
2006:
Cast in Brad Silberling's low-budget feature "10 Items or Less"
2006:
Released the Otto Undercover children's book series, starting with <i>Born To Drive</i>
2007:
Made London stage debut in "Boeing-Boeing," replacing Patricia Hodge in role of long-suffering housekeeper Bertha
2009:
Appeared in recurring role on HBO's "Hung"
2012:
Cast alongside John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy in drama feature "The Sessions"
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Education

Hunter College: New York , New York -

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husband:
Danny DeVito. Actor; director. Married 1982; met 1970 in New York and began living together after two weeks; have three children together.

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father:
Phil Perlman. Former doll and toy-part salesman. Born c. 1919; emigrated from Poland in 1922; married c. 1946; retired 1986; first appeared on "Cheers" as an extra in 1986; has had small parts in three Danny DeVito films; became a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
mother:
Adele Perlman. Married c. 1946.
sister:
Heide Perlman. TV writer; TV producer. Born c. 1953.
daughter:
Lucy Chet DeVito. Born March 1983.
daughter:
Gracie Fan DeVito. Born March 1985.
son:
Jake Daniel DeVito. Born October 1987.
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