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Danny DeVito Critics Choice TV Icon

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Always Sunny
Craig Blankenhorn/ FX

Sure, he’s been recognized by awards big (the Oscars!) and small (the Razzies!). But how refreshing is it to see Danny DeVito recognized as an official TV icon? The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced today that the actor, whose career on television has spanned decades, will be awarded the first Critics’ Choice Television Icon Award on June 20, 2011. The actor certainly deserves a lifetime achievement award for television (he won one — the Golden Camera — for his film work already): Not only did he spend five years as Louie de Palma on Taxi, but he’s also managed to enjoy a career resurgence on television at 66 years old — on a show that’s been branded irreverent and refreshing on the TV landscape: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A 60-something actor who starred in Matilda (and, yes, awesome movies like L.A. Confidential and Throw Momma From the Train) being smacked with the “hip” label? The man’s so cool, he can almost get away with wearing a pair of skinny jeans. Almost.

Who else is glad to see venerable movie actor DeVito get recognized for his TV work?