Tony Danza has had a long, successful career in film. Despite his personal life consisting of on and off relationships with his children's mothers, he is a fun dad and has a beautiful relationship with his children.
Tony Danza first came to the spotlight on "Taxi" as Tony Banta — a struggling middleweight with dreams of bagging the boxing championship. Seven years later, he appeared on "Who's The Boss" as Tony Micelli.
Since then, he has had a successful on-screen career, appearing in numerous more films, including "Illtown," "She's Out Of Control," "Mamamia," and "The Wonderful World of Disney: The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon" among many others.
Actor Tony Danza attends the 2014 NYC Police Foundation Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 3, 2014 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
His private life has just been as colorful. The actor has had two on and off relationships with women that would later become his wives and bear his children. Tag along to get a peek at the actor's family today.
TONY DANZA'S PARENTS AND CHILDHOOD
Danza was born Anthony Salvatore Iadanza on April 21, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York City, to Italian immigrant parents living in the tough Italian-Irish neighborhood. His father was a garbage collector and would often pick him up from school in the garbage truck. He recalled his childhood:
"My dad was the garbage man, and I remember getting out of Blessed Sacrament School and riding in his garbage truck. My mom worked, and she always got home late, so my dad cooked, and we kids cleaned."
26-year-old Tony Danza with his parents Matty and Ann | Source: Getty Images
Growing up, Danza was the shortest kid in school, and to prevent bigger kids from intimidating him, he had to act "crazy." He, however, had a boyhood ambition — to stay out of jail and to achieve that, he turned to sports and earned a wrestling scholarship from the University of Dubuque in Iowa.
While there, he made a few extra bucks ironing people's clothes, and when he returned to New York, he started working as a bartender. He also took an interest in boxing and had his first glance at fame when his friends entered him in the Golden Gloves competition.
"Taxi" coproducer James Brooks chose Danza to play the cab driver/boxer in the series. With his induction into acting, Danza gained plenty of experience in the field. He recalls:
"I was just a fighter who came to California on a dream, and the cast of "Taxi"— the real actors — greeted me with open arms."
Despite becoming a celebrated star in Hollywood, Danza has maintained a very close relationship with his parents, as is evident from his numerous photos with them.
TONY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FIRST WIFE AND THEIR KIDS
Actor Tony Danza with his son Marc Danza | Source: Getty Images
Danza met his first wife, Rhonda Yeoman, while studying at the University of Dubuque. They married in 1971 before he graduated in 1972 with his bachelor's degree in History Education.
Shortly after tying the knot, they welcomed their first child, Marc Danza. However, their marriage was short-lived, and in 1974, they got divorced.
After going their separate ways, Rhonda and Danza's paths crossed again in 1983, and they, once again, exchanged vows. That same year, they had their second child, Gina Danza. Unfortunately, their second attempt at love failed, and they separated again in 1985.
While not much information is available about Gina, it is evident that Danza's son Marc followed in his father's footsteps and became an actor, known for "The View" and "The John Davidson Show." He has also co-authored a father-son cookbook, "Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto."
The cookbook, however, is not the first time father and son have worked together. Marc also appeared in "Taxi," and Danza thinks their time working together was incredible.
INSIDE TONY'S 24-YEAR MARRIAGE
Following his second split from Rhonda, Danza met Tracy Robinson, and in 1986, they exchanged vows. Tracy, like Danza, is an actress and a producer known for the "School Daze" and the 2002 documentary "Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel."
Tony Danza and wife Tracy Robinson with daughters Katie and Emily at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." | Source: Getty Images
After marrying in 1986, they welcomed their first child together, daughter Katherine Danza in 1987, followed by Emily Danza in 1993. Their marriage seemed to be doing well and lasted 24 years.
Sadly, in 2011, Danza filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. They began an on-and-off relationship, and when the news of their divorce broke out, it shocked many who thought they were still an item.
"Not sure what happened. They decided to make it official."
MEET TONY'S KIDS FROM HIS SECOND MARRIAGE
Born in 1987, Katherine is Danza's first child with his second wife. She is a freelance makeup artist based in Los Angeles, California. She discovered she loved beauty and used her time in high school and college to perfect her skills.
Since starting her career in 2013, she has worked with plenty of high-profile celebrities, including Cazzie David, Jessica Szohr, Leighton Mester, Emily Arlook, and Stephanie Shepherd. Katherine's About page reads:
"After four years as the beauty editor of The Zoe Report, she realized that becoming a makeup artist herself was her ultimate goal."
Tony Danza & daughters Emily & Katie during Los Angeles Mission Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images
Danza's youngest daughter Emily is also in the entertainment industry, but she is a dancer, unlike her father and half-brother, who are actors. She has taught yoga in over ten studios in New York City, and, after setting base in Los Angeles, she launched a digital studio. Her bio describes her journey into professional dancing:
"A lifelong passion for dance and movement led Emmie into a yoga class."
TONY IS A FUN FATHER — INSIDE HIS PARENTING
Danza was 19 when his first child was born and 36 when his third one came around. Perhaps influenced by the difference in his ages, bringing up both kids differed a lot. Being that young, Danza did not spend a lot of time with Marc, as he would later say:
"I was 19 when Marc was born. We were both growing up at the same time, and I'm the one who lost out, not spending time with him."
Danza remembers how different the birth of their two children had been: "When my son Marc was born, I went out to a bar to celebrate. When Katie was born, I was there as the coach. I was the Vince Lombardi of birth."
And despite the differences, what remained constant was the priority he put on his children's education. He declared: "My family is my life. Marc's education is priority number one, and it'll be the same for Katie when it's her turn."
But on top of being a good father, today, Danza has another duty added to his resume. He is a grandfather, a role he thinks is pretty scary. He told Closer Weekly:
"That's a big part of it. It's very profound to watch your son father his sons, especially when he's so much better at it than you were. It's really scary!"
Since becoming a grandpa to Marc's two sons, Lucas and Nicholas, he can easily see the difference between his and his son's parenting styles. And he's never been prouder, as he would confess: "I have even more respect for him. The way he conducts himself with his kid makes me so proud."
Today, Danza prefers a more hands-on approach to grandparenting and wishes he is the guy who takes his grandsons fishing. But away from grandfather duties, Danza also has a beautiful relationship with his daughters.
In an Instagram video captioned: "Happy Easter from me and my father's inability to let me live my life," Katherine is dancing when Danza calls her out for it, and those around burst into laughter.