Tony Danza wins Outstanding Italian-American Award

By Ricky Yandoli,

The New York State Council of Italian-American Legislators gave sitcom star Tony Danza the Italian-American of Distinction Award.

He earned the award for many years of service work in the New York community. He has also shown his philanthropic skills in Philadelphia. From 2009 to 2010, the Who’s the Boss star spent one year teaching in an inner city high school in Philadelphia.

When he was named the next recipient of the award, Danza said that his father would be very proud of his accomplishment.

"My father would be really proud of the Italian part, but also the American end of it. He used to talk about America as being a team," Danza said, Newsday reports. "My father was a big believer in trying to be a good American."

When speaking about the award, he was very happy to be receiving it and he even made a joke about Italian-Americans. His humor and joyful smile were on full display.

"You can be an Italian-American but you can't be an Italian-Russian or an Italian-Swede or an Italian-Frenchman, only in America," said Danza, reports WNYT.

His work in Philadelphia was chronicled for the reality TV show Teach, and in his book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had. According to Newsday, Danza says he still returns to Philadelphia to assist with fundraisers. He also does the same in his native New York.

Image courtesy of Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com

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