- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Actor Tony Danza says he’s proud of his Italian heritage but says that, as Americans, “we’re all in this together.”

The Brooklyn native was honored Monday at the New York Legislature’s Italian-American Day.

Danza says he’s humbled by the recognition. He says it makes him recall the words of his father, a New York City sanitation worker and World War II veteran who often stressed the importance of the phrase E Pluribus Unum, or, out of many, one.

While he’s proud of the accomplishments of Italian Americans, the 63-year-old star says he’s most gratified at how Americans of all heritages work together as one people.

Danza, a New York City resident, starred in “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss.” He is also a film and stage actor and author.

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