Beginning this Friday, Oct. 1 on A&E, Brooklyn-born TV legend Tony Danza will embark on the toughest gig of his career: Teaching an English class at a public high school in Phiadelphia.
Danza — who has masqueraded as a Broadway babe, cookbook author, and daytime talk show host — earned a degree in history education from Iowa’s University of Dubuque before launching a career in acting in the 1970s. Drawing on that experience and curious about “The Road Not Taken,” Tony inked a deal with A&E to spend two semesters and 13 episodes teaching sophomore English at Northeast High School in the City of Brotherly Love.
“(I am) humbled, honored, and so grateful that the City of Philadelphia has decided to let us try this. I have always wanted to teach, so this is a gift for me. I will work hard to make sure I don’t let anyone down, especially the kids.”professions available, a first-year teacher in the city of Philadelphia.”
“Teaching is something I always wanted to do. Getting the opportunity to do it at Northeast High School and seeing the difference a teacher can make was really a dream come true,” said Danza. “I hope the series shows what it’s actually like to be a teacher in a public school in America, and shines a light on some of the problems facing us all as we try to educate our children,” he continued. “I also hope it might inspire other people to think about how they might help.”
Teach: Tony Danza premieres on A&E this Friday, Oct. 1 @ 10 PM.