The top 5 Tony Danza characters
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Love him or hate him, there is no doubt that Tony Danza is one of television's most recognized personalities. Most of us have watched him on one show or another. So, in honor of the go to guy for sitcom jokes, here is my collection of his best characters.
1. Tony Micelli (Who's the Boss)
Sam's dad. Angela's housekeeper. Mona's confidant. Whatever he was, he was pretty great. WTB was certainly not a groundbreaking show by any means, but as I watch the reruns, I can't ignore the chemistry between Tony, Judith Light and Katherine Helmond. Tony Micelli was an enigma amongst single TV dads. He was tough, streetwise, a devoted father and a maid. As long as I live, I will never figure out why this worked, but it did.
2. Tony Banta (Taxi)
Keep in mind, Danza had little-to-no acting experience when he was on Taxi. That's why people forgave him for playing a boxer named Tony. When it comes to favorite Taxi characters, he definitely ranks near the bottom, but that's mainly due to the standout performances of Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman and Christopher Lloyd. Regardless, his role as a supporting character added the perfect New York flavor to a classic sitcom.
3. (TIE) Tommy Silva (The Practice) & Joe Celano (Family Law)
These characters were pretty much the same guy, which is excusable. I mean, he was already taking a big risk by playing characters who weren't named Tony. How many takes got ruined because Tony wouldn't answer to the names Tommy or Joe? I thought these roles were going to be Danza's big break into some serious acting. Unfortunately, he ended up doing the worst daytime talk show in history.
4. Tony Canetti (Hudson Street)
I remember watching this show when it premiered and I loved Danza as a New York city detective. He reminded me of a young Barney Miller. Then along came his costar, Lori Loughlin, fresh off her run as Becky on Full House. Sadly, her comedic timing had not improved. Loughlin has since become a passable actress, but at the time she had no business being the lead in a romantic sitcom. If you ever happen to run across this show, take a look.
5. Tony DiMeo (The Tony Danza Show)
I doubt many of us remember this show and for good reason. Danza's last attempt at a primetime show was a poor excuse for a single Dad sitcom that made According to Jim look funny by comparison.