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Danny Aiello
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Aiello in New York City, December 2011
Born
Daniel Louis Aiello Jr.

(1933-06-20)June 20, 1933
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died December 12, 2019(2019-12-12) (aged 86)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–2019
Spouse(s)
Sandy Cohen (m. 1955)
Children 4, including Danny
Relatives Michael Kay (nephew)
Danny Aiello - Estelle Parsons - 1977
With actress Estelle Parsons in 1977

Daniel Louis Aiello, Jr. (June 20, 1933 – December 12, 2019) was an Italian-American actor. He was in many movies. These include Once Upon a Time in America, Ruby, The Godfather: Part II, Hudson Hawk, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Léon: The Professional, Two Days in the Valley, and Dinner Rush. He is most famous for his role in the 1989 Spike Lee movie Do the Right Thing.

Aiello was nominated for a "Best Supporting Actor" Academy Award in 1990 for his role as Sal, the pizzeria owner. He won an Emmy Award in 1981.

Aiello was born in New York City. He died on December 12, 2019, at the age of 86 at a hospital in New Jersey. He had an infection caused by medical treatment.

Filmography

  • Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) as Horse
  • The Godfather Part II (1974) as Tony Rosato
  • The Godmothers (1975) (uncredited)
  • The Front (1976) as Danny LaGattuta
  • Hooch (1977)
  • Fingers (1978) as Butch
  • Bloodbrothers (1978) as Artie
  • Defiance (1980) as Carmine
  • Hide in Plain Sight (1980) as Sal Carvello
  • Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) as Morgan
  • Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981) as Johnson
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984) as Police Chief Vincent Aiello
  • Old Enough (1984) as Mr. Bruckner
  • Deathmask (1984) as Capt. Mike Grasso
  • Broadway Danny Rose (1984) (uncredited)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) as Monk
  • The Stuff (1985) as Vickers
  • The Protector (1985) as Danny Garoni
  • Key Exchange (1985) as Carabello
  • Radio Days (1987) as Rocco
  • Man on Fire (1987) as Conti
  • The Pick-up Artist (1987) as Phil Harper
  • Moonstruck (1987) as Mr. Johnny Cammareri
  • Russicum - I giorni del diavolo (1988) as George Sherman
  • The January Man (1989) as Captain Vincent Alcoa
  • White Hot (1989) as Charlie Buick
  • Do the Right Thing (1989) as Salvatore "Sal" Fragione
  • Shocktroop (1989) as John Cunningham
  • Harlem Nights (1989) as Phil Cantone
  • Jacob's Ladder (1990) as Louis
  • Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990) as Papa (segment "Papa Don't Preach")
  • The Closer (1990) as Chester Grant
  • He Ain't Heavy (1990)
  • Once Around (1991) as Joe Bella
  • Hudson Hawk (1991) as Tommy Five-Tone
  • 29th Street (1991) as Frank Pesce Sr.
  • Ruby (1992) as Jack Ruby
  • The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992) as Tony Rosato
  • Mistress (1992) as Carmine Rasso
  • The Cemetery Club (1993) as Ben Katz
  • The Pickle (1993) as Harry Stone
  • Me and the Kid (1993) as Harry
  • Léon: The Professional (1994) as Tony
  • Prêt-à-Porter (1994) as Major Hamilton
  • Save the Rabbits (1994) as Ronnie
  • Power of Attorney (1995) as Joseph Scassi
  • Lieberman in Love (1995) as Joe Lieberman
  • Two Much (1995) as Gene
  • City Hall (1996) as Frank Anselmo
  • 2 Days in the Valley (1996) Dosmo Pizzo
  • Mojave Moon (1996) as Al
  • Dellaventura (1997–1998, 14 episodes) as Anthony Dellaventura
  • Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook as Host
  • Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997) as Mr. Rathbone
  • The Last Don (1997) as Don Domenico Clericuzio
  • A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997) as Danny Parente
  • Wilbur Falls (1998) as Phillip Devereaux
  • Mambo Café (2000) as Joey
  • Dinner Rush (2000) as Louis Cropa
  • Prince of Central Park (2000) as Noah Cairn
  • 18 Shades of Dust (2001) as Vincent Dianni
  • Off Key (2001) as Fabrizio Bernini
  • Mail Order Bride [de] (2003) as Tony Santini
  • Zeyda and the Hitman (2004) as Nathan
  • The Fool (2005) as Voice of the Dummy
  • Brooklyn Lobster (2005) as Frank Giorgio
  • Lucky Number Slevin (2006) as Roth
  • Last Request (2006) as Pop
  • A Broken Sole (2006) as The Shoemaker
  • Harry: A Communication Breakdown (2009) as Narrator
  • Stiffs (2010) as Frank Tramontana
  • Dolly Baby (2013) as Tony Lanza
  • Henry & Me (2014) as Dr. Acosta (voice)
  • Reach Me (2014) as Father Paul
  • The Neighborhood (2017) as Joseph Donatello
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