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OTRC: Tony Danza to play father in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut

Tony Danza appears in a promotional photo for his show 'Teach: Tony Danza.' / Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears in a still from the 2011 film '50/50.' (A&ampE / Summit Entertainment / Chris Helcermanas-Benge)

Tony Danza has been cast to portray Joseph Gordon-Levitt's dad in the "50/50" actor's upcoming directorial debut.

"Tough Tony will kick all your asses. And he's gonna play my dad for me!" Gordon-Levitt wrote on his official Facebook page on April 19. The untitled dark comedy will portray Gordon-Levitt as "a porn-addicted, modern day Don Juan from New Jersey who sets out to become a less selfish person," according to Variety. Danza is slated to portray his absent sports-enthusiast father.

The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, who will play Gordon-Levitt's girlfriend and Julianne Moore in an unconfirmed role. Gordon-Levitt also wrote the script for the movie, which is slated to start shooting this month in Los Angeles.

The 61-year-old actor previously worked with a young Gordon-Levitt in the 1994 film "Angels in the Outfield," as an aging pitcher for the California Angels baseball team, who warms up to a young foster kid (Gordon-Levitt) who asked God to help the team win the pennant.

Danza is best known for his roles in "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" Before getting into acting, he was a professional boxer and only lost three fights.

In 2010, Danza starred in an A&E reality show called "Teach," where he stepped in to teach English at a Philadelphia high school for a year. The series was canceled after seven episodes.

In March 2010, Danza filed for divorce from his wife of 24-years, Tracy Robinson, 53, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married in June 1986 but separated in 2006 They have two daughters, Katherine, 24, and Emily, 18.

Danza also has a son named Marc Anthony, 40 and a daughter named Gina, 28, from his previous marriage to Rhonda Yeoman. In 2008, Danza and his son Marc published a cookbook, "Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook."

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