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Tony Danza is a TV, film and stage actor best known for his sitcom Who's the Boss?
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Danza earned a bachelor's degree in history education upon his graduation from Dubuque in 1973. But he didn't originally picture himself as an educator; instead Danza pinned his hopes on a career as a professional boxer. Changing his name to "Dangerous" Tony Danza, he entered the New York Golden Gloves competition in 1975, where he made the lightweight semi-finals. Returning the next year, he advanced to the finals as a middleweight, but lost a key fight by a narrow decision, which cost him the title. After turning professional in August of 1976, Danza compiled a 12-3 record in the ring. Fighting as a middleweight, Danza was a crowd favorite for his slugging style.
After the success of Taxi Danza landed another lucrative sitcom in 1984, this time as widowed housekeeper Tony Micelli on Who's the Boss?. The show was a ratings smash, lasting for eight seasons and making him a solid television star. After Who's the Boss? ended in 1994, Danza returned to TV the next year with the sitcom Hudson Street, but the venture struggled in the ratings. It was canceled after only one season. His next sitcom, The Tony Danza Show (1997) met a similar fate.
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