“Forgotten Hollywood”- That’s Aiello…

Posted on December 13, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Danny Aiello was a blue-collar character actor, who had a long career playing tough guys on the big screen. The pinnacle of his career was an Oscar-nomination for his role in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.


“`A child of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, Aiello retained a pugnacity he learned on city streets. After three years in the service, he worked at several factory jobs, and eventually ending up as a baggage man at Greyhound. The ambitious Aiello rose to become president of the transit union.

“`After working as a bouncer at The Improv, he became a nightly regular at Cafe’ Central. This famous night spot was partly owned by Regis Philbin. Soon, a couple of opportunities for acting emerged.

“`Early cinematic work included roles in Bang the Drum Slowly and The Godfather Pt. II, both featuring Robert De Niro. Woody Allen hired him to appear in  Broadway Danny Rose, The Front, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Radio Days. His signature moment came while co-starring in Moonstruck with Cher. Memorable assignments included The Pick-Up ArtistFort Apache The Bronx, Once Upon a Time in America, Hudson Hawk, and in Harlem Nights. Aiello also played Madonna’s father in the pop icon’s Papa Don’t Preach video.

“`The familiar Danny Aiello was eighty-six.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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