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Danny Aiello Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 20, 1933
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001
  • Birth Name: Danny Louis Aiello, Jr

An Italian-American character actor with a beefy physique, no-nonsense expression, and intimidating presence, Danny Aiello came to acting late in life, having been a bus driver, a transport labor official, a night-club bouncer, and (he claims) an occasional thief. He began performing at an improvisational night spot. As he was approaching middle age, he appeared in a regional theater production of Jason Miller's [[Feature~V49254~That Championship Season~thatchampionshipseason]], for which he won a Most Outstanding Newcomer award. Aiello made his screen debut in [[Feature~V3880~Bang the Drum Slowly~bangthedrumslowly]] (1973), and he went on over the next 15 years to play a succession of tough guys, cops, brutes, slobs, and "ordinary guys" in a wide variety of movies, but broke out of that mold when he portrayed Cher's fiancée in [[Feature~V33285~Moonstruck~moonstruck]] (1987). For his portrayal of a pizza parlor owner in Spike Lee's [[Feature~V14126~Do the Right Thing~dotherightthing]] two years later, Aiello received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. He went on to become one Hollywood's more prolific character actors; between 1989 and 1996, he appeared in 26 feature films. The actor's first lead role came in the title part of [[Feature~V42248~Ruby~ruby]] (1992). In addition to his screen work, Aiello has also appeared frequently on Broadway, and in 1976, he won a Theater World Award for his Broadway debut in Lampost Reunion. His work in TV movies includes the acclaimed A Family of Strangers (1980). ~ Rovi