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Danny Aiello

Born : 20 June 1933
City : New York, New York
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Danny Aiello Biography

A top-notch character actor, he starred as Cher's jilted fiancin Moonstruck (1987) and as a Brooklyn pizzeria owner in Do the Right Thing (1989), a role that won him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His other movies include The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and City Hall (1996).

Born: June 20, 1933 (age 80), Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height: 1.91 m
Spouse: Sandy Cohen (m. 1955)
Children: Rick Aiello, Danny Aiello III, Stacy Aiello, Jamie Aiello
TV shows: The Last Don, Dellaventura, Lady Blue

Early life
Aiello, the second youngest of six children, was born on West 68th Street, Manhattan,the son of Italian American parents Frances (ne Pietrocova), a seamstress who was a native of Naples, Italy, and Daniel Louis Aiello, Sr., a laborer. Aiello's father deserted the family even though his wife had gone blind. For many years, Aiello had publicly condemned his father's desertion of his children and his blind wife. Aiello reconciled with his father in 1993, but to this day harbors a resentment of his father's conduct.He moved to the South Bronx when he was age 7 and later attended James Monroe High School At the age of 16, Aiello lied about his age in order to enlist in the U.S. Army. After serving for three years, he returned to New York City and did various jobs in order to support himself and later his family. Aiello also once served as a union representative for Greyhound Bus workers and was a night club bouncer at the legendary New York comedy club, The Improv

Career
Film and television

with actress Estelle Parsons in 1977
Aiello broke into films in the early 1970s. One of his earliest roles came as a ballplayer in the 1973 baseball drama, Bang the Drum Slowly, with Robert De Niro. Aiello had a walk-on role as small-time hood Tony Rosato in The Godfather Part II (1974), ad-libbing the famous line "Michael Corleone says hello!" during a hit on a rival gangster Frank Pentangeli (Michael V. Gazzo).

In 1980, Aiello had a co-lead role with Jan Michael Vincent in Defiance, about some Manhattan residents who fight back against the thugs terrorizing the neighborhood. The next year, he received considerable acclaim for playing a racist New York City cop in Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) with Paul Newman.

In 1981, Danny Aiello won a Daytime Emmy award for his appearance in an ABC Afterschool Special called A Family of Strangers.

Music
Aiello's singing has been on display in films such as Hudson Hawk (1991), Once Around (1991), and Remedy that starred his son Ricky Aiello and Jonathan Doscher. He has released several albums featuring a big-band sound including I Just Wanted To Hear The Words (2004) and Live From Atlantic City (2008). Aiello and EMI songwriter Hasan Johnson released an album in 2011 of standards fused with rap entitled Bridges.

He played the title character for the video of Madonna's song, "Papa Don't Preach" (1986).

Theater
Aiello's Broadway theatre credits include Gemini, The Floating Light Bulb, Hurlyburly, and The House of Blue Leaves. He also was in the 1976 Broadway play Wheelbarrow Closers, directed by Paul Sorvino.

In July, 2011, opened Off Broadway in the two-act drama The Shoemaker, written by Susan Charlotte and directed by Antony Marsellis. The play is a stage version of his 2006 movie A Broken Sole, which began life in 2001 as a one-act play.

Personal life

Aiello (left) with boxing trainer Teddy Atlas during Theodore Atlas Foundation's 15th annual Teddy Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York City in November 2011
Aiello lived in Ramsey, New Jersey, for many years. He later moved to Saddle River, New Jersey. He is the father of stuntman and actor Danny Aiello III, who died May 1, 2010 of pancreatic cancer, Rick Aiello.,[citation needed] Jaime Aiello, and daughter Stacey Aiello. Grandfather to Dawn and Allison Aiello, Brielle Aiello, Ricky Aiello, Tori Aiello, Sydney and Gabrielle Fingerhut, Zac Aiello, Jake Aiello, and William Daniel Poppe.
His nephew is Michael Kay, announcer for the New York Yankees.

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