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Rhea Perlman

Biography

Actress who have became known for performing the feisty barmaid Carla on the tv screen show Cheers. She’s also made an appearance in such movies as Matilda, Canadian Bacon, as well as the Sessions. Her performing debut was a little part in the film Sizzling Canines for Gaugin’. She was nominated for 10 Emmy Honours for her part in Cheers and earned four of these. She wedded Danny DeVito in 1982, as well as the few welcomed their first girl, called Lucy, in 1983. In 2012, they separated. She starred within the American situation humor tv series Cheers with fellow acting professional George Wendt.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rhea Perlman
Date Of Birth March 31, 1948
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Height 1.52 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Hunter College
Nationality American
Spouse Danny DeVito
Children Lucy DeVito, Daniel J. DeVito, Grace Fan DeVito
Parents Philip Perlman, Adele Perlman
Siblings Heide Perlman
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, TV Land Legend Award
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
Movies Matilda, Sing, I'll See You in My Dreams, Sunset Park, The Sessions, Canadian Bacon, Class Act, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Love Comes Lately, Beethoven's Big Break, To Grandmother's House We Go, Carpool, The Ratings Game, 10 Items or Less, There Goes the Neighborhood, The Christmas Choir, Secret Cutting, My Little Pony: The Movie, How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale, Enid Is Sleeping, Ted & Venus, Oliver's Ghost, H-E Double Hockey Sticks, A Place to Be Loved, Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, Hot Dogs for Gauguin, The Trouble with Bliss, Intimate Strangers, Like Normal People, The Last Halloween, The Earth Day Special, Swap Meet, In Spite of Love, Lemon, Stalk the Wild Child, National Lampoon's Movie Madness, Houdini, Dangerous Affection, A Tale of Two Bunnies, I Want to Keep My Baby, Amazing Stories: The Movie II, Having Babies II, Health Quiz: Vol. 3, In the Doghouse
TV Shows Kirstie, Kate Brasher, Pearl, Cheers, Me and My Grandma, My Little Pony
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#Fact
1 She starred in only one movie, Matilda (1996), with her husband Danny DeVito, where they played Matilda's parents. However before they were married, Rhea appeared in five episodes of Taxi (1978) as Louie's girlfriend Zena.
2 Appearing with Richard Kind and Marilu Henner in Charles Busch's play "The Tale of The Allergist's Wife" at NY's Barrymore Theater. [June 2002]
3 Reconciled with her husband of 31 years Danny DeVito after a 5-month-long separation. [March 2013]
4 Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 39, a son Jacob Daniel DeVito (aka Daniel J. DeVito) on October 30, 1987. Child's father is her husband, Danny DeVito.
5 Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36 or 37, a daughter Grace Fan DeVito (aka Gracie DeVito). Child's father is her husband, Danny DeVito.
6 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a daughter Lucy Chet DeVito (aka Lucy DeVito) on March 11, 1983. Child's father is her husband, Danny DeVito.
7 Cousin of Randall Miller.
8 She has played the same character (Carla Tortelli) in five different television series: Cheers (1982), St. Elsewhere (1982), The Tortellis (1987), The Simpsons (1989) and Frasier (1993).
9 Close friend of Lucy Liu.
10 No relation to Ron Perlman.
11 Along with Ted Danson and George Wendt, she is one of only three actors to appear in all 273 episodes of Cheers (1982).
12 Was nominated for an Emmy 10 times out of 11 years during her tenure on Cheers (1982).
13 Older sister of producer-writer Heide Perlman.
14 Her father Philip Perlman was in the TV show Cheers (1982) as Phil, a bar patron.
15 Majored in drama at Hunter College (NYC).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lemon 2017 completed Esther
Me and My Grandma 2017 TV Series Grandma
The Mindy Project 2014-2016 TV Series Annette Castellano
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2016 TV Series Estelle
Sing 2016 Judith (voice)
Mom 2016 TV Series Anya
Getting On 2015 TV Series Crystal Buff
I'll See You in My Dreams 2015 Sally
The Neighbors 2014 TV Series Janet
Kirstie 2013-2014 TV Series Thelma Katz
Robot and Monster 2012-2013 TV Series Nessie
Robot Chicken 2013 TV Series Crypt Keeper's Wife / Grandmother / Witch
The Manzanis 2012 TV Movie Camille
Hot in Cleveland 2012 TV Series Jacki
The Sessions 2012 Mikvah Lady
Oliver's Ghost 2011 TV Movie Eloise
Wilfred 2011 TV Series Mittens
The Trouble with Bliss 2011 Maria (uncredited)
Poison Tongue 2011 Short
Hung 2009-2010 TV Series Vera-Joan Skagle
Beethoven's Big Break 2008 Video Patricia
The Christmas Choir 2008 TV Movie Sister Agatha
Cat Dragged In 2008 Short Woman in Street
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 TV Series Roxana Fox
Bloom 2007 Short Ma
Love Comes Lately 2007 Reisel
Danny DeVito & the Contract 2007 Video short Rhea Perlman (uncredited)
Stroller Wars 2006 TV Movie Penny
10 Items or Less 2006 Mrs. D
Crumbs 2006 TV Series Camille Spadaro
Kevin Hill 2004 TV Series Eleanor Frank
What's New, Scooby-Doo? 2003 TV Series Agnes
Karen Sisco 2003 TV Series Louise Salchek
Other People's Business 2003 TV Movie Mrs. Wabash
Frasier 2002 TV Series Carla Tortelli LeBec
Becker 2001 TV Series Dr. Katherine Simmons
Old Love 2001 Short
Kate Brasher 2001 TV Series Abbie Schaeffer
Ally McBeal 2001 TV Series Dr. Helen Tooth
How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale 2000 TV Movie Jacqueline Kennedy
Secret Cutting 2000 TV Movie Dr. Parella
A Tale of Two Bunnies 2000 TV Movie Thelma
The Wonderful World of Disney 1999 TV Series Ms. Beelzebub (Ms. B)
Mad About You 1999 TV Series Ramona
Houdini 1998 TV Movie Esther
In the Doghouse 1998 TV Movie Phil Markowitz
Almost Perfect 1997 TV Series Rhea Perlman
Union Square 1997 TV Series Mrs. Eileen Mulrooney
Pearl 1996-1997 TV Series Pearl Caraldo
Matilda 1996 Mrs. Wormwood
Carpool 1996 Martha
Sunset Park 1996 Phyllis Saroka
Canadian Bacon 1995 Honey
The Critic 1995 TV Series Ardeth
The Simpsons 1994 TV Series Carla Tortelli
In Spite of Love 1994 TV Movie Emma
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 Mother Bird (voice)
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1993 TV Series Narrator (segment "Bootsie Barker Bites")
Cheers 1982-1993 TV Series Carla Tortelli / Annette Lozupone
A Place to Be Loved 1993 TV Movie Jerri Blair
To Grandmother's House We Go 1992 TV Movie Shirley
There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 Lydia Nunn
Class Act 1992 Miss Simpson
From Time to Time 1992 Short 9-Eye (voice)
Roc 1992 TV Series Connie Mason
Ted & Venus 1991 Grace
The Last Halloween 1991 TV Short Mrs. Gizborne
Blossom 1991 TV Series The Godmother
Enid Is Sleeping 1990 Mavis
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1990 TV Series Carla Tortelli LeBec
Two Daddies? 1989 TV Movie Rose Johnson (voice)
ABC Afterschool Specials 1988 TV Series Aunt Dee
Mickey's 60th Birthday 1988 TV Movie Carla Tortelli
Matlock 1987 TV Series Rhea Perlman
Stamp of a Killer 1987 TV Movie Claudia
The Tortellis 1987 TV Series Carla Tortelli
Amazing Stories 1986 TV Series Lois
My Little Pony: The Movie 1986 Reeka (voice)
Happily Ever After 1985 TV Movie Rose Johnson (voice)
St. Elsewhere 1985 TV Series Carla Tortelli
The Ratings Game 1984 TV Movie Francine Kester
Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show 1983 TV Movie Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Likely Stories, Vol. 2 1983 TV Movie Vince's Wife
Taxi 1978-1982 TV Series Zena Sherman / John's girlfriend
Love Child 1982 June Burns
Drop-Out Father 1982 TV Movie Tawney Shapiro
Movie Madness 1982 Little Jewish Prostitute - 'Municipalians'
Angie 1980 TV Series Betsy
Swap Meet 1979 Mother
Like Normal People 1979 TV Movie Jan
Intimate Strangers 1977 TV Movie
Having Babies II 1977 TV Movie Cheryl (uncredited)
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night 1977 TV Movie Judy
The Selling of Vince D'Angelo 1976 TV Movie Vince's Wife
I Want to Keep My Baby! 1976 TV Movie Rae Finer
Stalk the Wild Child 1976 TV Movie Jean
Hot Dogs for Gauguin 1972 Short Woman on Ferry

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bye Bye Benjamin 2006 Short executive producer
Pearl 1996-1997 TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
The Sound Sleeper 1973 Short co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cheers TV Series 1 episode, 1986 performer - 6 episodes, 1983 - 1992
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short performer: "Put Down the Duckie" 1986 - uncredited
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Minestrome 1975 Short co-writer
The Sound Sleeper 1973 Short co-writer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent' 2006 Video documentary special thanks
Strictly Top-Shelf: The Guys Behind the Bar 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Barney's Great Adventure 1998 special thanks
Magic Within 1996 TV Movie special thanks
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School 1990 Short angel

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TV Land's Top Ten 2005-2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Tony Danza Show 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Fat Actress 2005 TV Series Herself
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2005 TV Special Herself
Nicholas Colasanto: His Final Season 2004 Video short Herself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Kelly 2004 TV Series Herself
Strictly Top-Shelf: The Guys Behind the Bar 2004 Video documentary short Herself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Herself
America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2001 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
E! True Hollywood Story 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The 'Frasier' Story 1999 TV Special documentary Herself
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen 1998 TV Special Herself - Audience (uncredited)
Late Show with David Letterman 1996-1997 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-1996 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Daily Show 1996 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 TV Movie Herself
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! 1994 TV Special Worm TV Host
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Accepting Special Award for Cheers
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Cheers: Last Call! 1993 TV Short Herself / Carla Tortelli
Maury 1991 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Herself
Cheers 1990 TV Series Herself / Carla Tortelli
The 1st Annual American Teacher Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special 1990 TV Movie Herself
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special Paula
Sesame Street 1989 TV Series Herself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy Series
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie Herself (segment "Put Down the Duckie")
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Saturday Night Live 1983-1987 TV Series Herself / Herself - Co-Host / Various
Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville 1987 TV Movie documentary Constitutional Caterer
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Nominee
Candid Camera: First 40 Years 1987 TV Movie Herself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Herself
Comic Relief 1986/I TV Special Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Evening Magazine 1986 TV Series Herself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The NBC All Star Hour 1985 TV Movie Herself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series & Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1979 TV Special Herself
Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows 2016 TV Special Herself
Made in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Herself
Home & Family 2014-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Insider 2015 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2014 TV Series Herself - The Mindy Project
Today 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Afternoon Tea, a Matilda Reunion 2013 Video documentary short Herself - 'Zinnia Wormwood'
Katie 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Piper's QUICK Picks 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Biography 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Inside the Actors Studio 2009 TV Series Herself - Audience Member
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Herself
This Morning 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rachael Ray 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Megan Mullally Show 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Zinnia Wormwood (uncredited)
TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 TV Special
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime 2004 TV Movie documentary Carla Tortelli - Cheers
Carla's Whipping Boy 2004 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Shrink-Warped: Introducing Frasier Crane 2004 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Virtual Vera 2004 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Carla the Comeback Queen: Insults for Every Occasion 2004 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Cliff's Notes: The Wisdom of Cliff Clavin 2004 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Di Another Day: Diane Chambers from A-Z 2004 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Coach Ernie Pantusso's Rules of the Game 2003 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
I'll Drink to That: Stormin' Norm-isms 2003 Video short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
Setting the Bar: A Conversation with Ted Danson 2003 Video documentary short Carla Tortelli (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Great Performances 1994 TV Series Herself
Humor cinco estrellas 1991-1992 TV Series Carla
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short Herself
Taxi 1983 TV Series Zena Sherman

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Legend Award TV Land Awards Cheers (1982) · John Ratzenberger
· Shelley Long
· Ted Danson
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1989 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series Cheers (1982)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1985 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series Robot and Monster (2012) · Harland Williams
· Curtis Armstrong
· Megan Hilty
· Cree Summer
· Jonathan Slavin
· Maurice LaMarche
· April Winchell
· Fred Tatasciore
· Alan Tudyk
1993 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1992 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cheers (1982)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1991 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1990 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cheers (1982)
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1990 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series Cheers (1982)
1990 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cheers (1982)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cheers (1982)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cheers (1982)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers (1982)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cheers (1982)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series Cheers (1982)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers (1982)


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