Danny Aiello

Actor, Producer, Director
Having left behind his working class life in his late thirties to become a performer, actor Danny Aiello became one of Hollywood's busiest and most prominent character actors without really leaving his beloved native ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1933 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

Henry & Me 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Acosta (Voice)

Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Father Paul (Actor)

That's Amore! 2014 (Movie)

Danny Amore (Actor)

The Last Request 2014 (Movie)

Pop (Actor)

Zeyda and the Hitman 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Broken Sole 2007 (Movie)

Shoemaker (Actor)

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

Roth (Actor)

Stiffs 2006 (Movie)

Frank Tramontana (Actor)

Brooklyn Lobster 2005 (Movie)

Frank Giorgio (Actor)

Mail Order Bride 2003 (Movie)

Tony Santini (Actor)

Dinner Rush 2001 (Movie)

Louis Cropa (Actor)

Off Key 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prince of Central Park 2000 (Movie)

Noah Cairn (Actor)

Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis 1999 (Movie)

Rathbone (Actor)

Mambo Cafe 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rat Pack 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cosby 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mario Puzo's The Last Don II 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Americans II: A Beautiful Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilbur Falls 1998 (Movie)

Philip Devereaux (Actor)

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mojave Moon 1997 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Dosmo Pizzo (Actor)

A Brooklyn State of Mind 1996 (Movie)

Danny Parente (Actor)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Councilman Frank Anselmo (Actor)

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Much 1996 (Movie)

Gene Paletto (Actor)

Unforgotten: 25 Years After Willowbrook 1996 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road Home 1995 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Lieberman in Love 1994 (Movie)

Lieberman (Actor)

Pinocchio 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Major Hamilton--Retail Buyer (Actor)

The Professional 1994 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Power of Attorney 1993 (Movie)

Joseph Scassi (Actor)

Save the Rabbits 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)

Ben Katz (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Harry Stone (Actor)

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Carmine Rasso (Actor)

Ruby 1992 (Movie)

Jack Ruby (Actor)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

Frank Pesce Sr (Actor)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

Tommy Five-Tone (Actor)

Once Around 1991 (Movie)

Joe Bella (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed" 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Closer 1990 (Movie)

Chester Grant (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Phil Cantone (Actor)

January Man 1989 (Movie)

Vincent Alcoa (Actor)

Making "Do the Right Thing" 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Russicum 1989 (Movie)

George Sherman (Actor)

Shock Troop 1989 (Movie)

John Cunningham (Actor)

White Hot 1989 (Movie)

Charlie Buick (Actor)

Daddy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Man on Fire 1987 (Movie)

Conti (Actor)

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

Mr Johnny Cammareri (Actor)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Rocco--Hit Man (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Key Exchange 1985 (Movie)

Carabello (Actor)

Lady Blue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Performer

The Protector 1985 (Movie)

Danny Garoni (Actor)

The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 (Movie)

Monk (Actor)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

Vickers (Actor)

Old Enough 1984 (Movie)

Mr Brucker (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

Police Chief Aiello (Actor)

Amityville II: The Possession 1982 (Movie)

1st Removal Man (Actor)

Deathmask 1982 (Movie)

Captain Mike Gress (Actor)

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Defiance 1980 (Movie)

Carmine (Actor)

Hide in Plain Sight 1980 (Movie)

Sal Carvello (Actor)

Car Wash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodbrothers 1978 (Movie)

Artie (Actor)

Fingers 1978 (Movie)

Butch (Actor)

The Front 1975 (Movie)

Danny La Gattuta (Actor)

Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 (Movie)

Horse (Actor)

A Question of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Named Jackie (TV Show)

Actor

Alone in the Neon Jungle (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Feud (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy (Movie)

Coach Jacobs (Actor)

Lady Blue (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Tenant (TV Show)

Actor

The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

Actor

The Unforgivable Secret (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Shorty (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Having left behind his working class life in his late thirties to become a performer, actor Danny Aiello became one of Hollywood's busiest and most prominent character actors without really leaving his beloved native New York City. After establishing himself on various stages around his hometown, Aiello made his film debut as a baseball player in "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973), before uttering one of the more famous lines as a would-be assassin in "The Godfather Part II" (1974). He went on to essay several stage roles that earned him critical plaudits before winning a Daytime Emmy for his role as a widowed father in the "ABC Afterschool Special: A Family of Strangers" (ABC, 1980). Aiello soon grabbed the attention of filmmaker Woody Allen, who cast him for a role in "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1984), while he was all but lost in the shuffle of Sergio Leone's epic crime saga, "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). But he soon came to the fore with two of his career best performances: playing the lovelorn Johnny in "Moonstruck" (1987) and the sympathetic, but insensitive pizzeria owner Sal in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989). Following a turn as an angelic chiropractor in "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), Aiello's career hit a down slope, with numerous indies, the failed television series "Dellaventura" (CBS, 1997-98) and occasional bright spots like a leading role in the hit miniseries "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (CBS, 1997) on his Résumé. Despite the late slump in his career, there was no doubt that Aiello remained a talented and versatile character performer capable of tackling a wide array of challenging roles.

Relationships

Sibling
had six Aiello was the sixth child of seven

Sandy Aiello

Wife
married on January 8, 1955

Daniel Aiello

Father
mostly absent from children's upbrining reconciled with Aiello in 1993 died in April 1999 at age 96

Frances Aiello

Mother
native of Naples, Italy married at age 15 died in 1988

Stacey Aiello

Daughter
born c. 1969

Danny Aiello

Son
born in 1957 died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer

Jaime Aiello

Son
born c. 1966

Rick Aiello

Son
born on September 21, 1955

EDUCATION

James Monroe High School

New York , New York
dropped out one day into ninth grade

Milestones

2011

Reprise his role as a Shoemaker in the Off-Broadway drama, "The Shoemaker"

2008

Released the album, Live From Atlantic City

2006

Played a gambling victim in the thriller, "Lucky Number Slevin"

2006

Portrayed a Shoemaker in "A Broken Sole," a trilogy of short films written by Susan Charlotte, dealing with 9/11

2005

Starred in director Kevin Jordan's family-inspired drama, "Brooklyn Lobster"

2004

Released the album, I Just Wanted To Hear The Words

2003

Featured in the comedy film, "Mail Order Bride"

1997

Executive produced and starred in CBS drama series, "Dellaventura"

1997

Starred in the CBS miniseries, "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'"

1996

Played a hit man in the ensemble feature, "2 Days in the Valley"

1995

Played the title role in Christine Lahti's Academy Award-winning short film, "Lieberman in Love" (also aired on Showtime)

1994

Appeared in drag for the Robert Altman fashion-industry film, "Prêt-à-Porter"

1994

Played a cafe owner who assigns jobs to a hitman, played by Jean Reno in "The Professional"

1992

Played the title role of Lee Harvey Oswald's assassin in "Ruby"

1991

Cast as the patriarch of a close-knit family in Lasse Hallström's "Once Around"

1990

Had a memorable role in Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder" as Jacob's friend and chiropractor

1989

Had a pivotal role in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing" as Salvatore 'Sal' Frangione, the pizzeria owner

1988

Appeared in Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video

1987

Once again directed by Woody Allen in "Radio Days"

1987

Played Cher's fiance in Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck"

1986

Cast in an Off-Broadway revival of "The House of Blue Leaves"

1985

Cast as a worthy foil to Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan in "The Protector"

1985

Made series debut as a regular in ABC's "Lady Blue"

1985

Played Mia Farrow's husband in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo"

1984

Again starred opposite Robert DeNiro in Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America"

1984

First film with director Woody Allen, "Broadway Danny Rose"

1981

Cast in Broadway's "The Floating Light Bulb," written by Woody Allen

1981

Played a sadistic cop in "Fort Apache, the Bronx"

1980

Co-starred with Jan Michael Vincent in "Defiance"

1978

Early TV-movie credit, "The Last Tenant" (ABC)

1976

Featured in the Paul Sorvino directed Broadway play, "Wheelbarrow Closers"

1975

Made stage debut in the Chicago production of "That Championship Season"

1975

Broadway debut, "Lamppost Reunion"

1974

Had a bit part as small-time hood Tony Rosato in "The Godfather Part II"

1973

Made his feature film debut in "Bang the Drum Slowly," starring Robert DeNiro

1972

First professional industry job was a substitute emcee at the Improvisation comedy club in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list Mr. Aiello's birth year as 1936.

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Aiello launched the Web site Revolution Earth in fall 2000.

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Aiello worked at Greyhound terminal in New York; elected youngest president of Local 1202 of the Amalgamated Transit Union; fired from union post after dispute with national leadership over wildcat strike

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