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Danny Aiello



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 That Championship Season, for which he won a Most Outstanding Newcomer award. Aiello made his screen debut in Bang the Drum Slowly (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 Moonstruck (1987). For his portrayal of a pizza parlor owner in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing 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 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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
4% Reach Me
  • Father Paul
2014
No Score Yet Henry & Me
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Running with the Hitman
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Anyone's Son
  • Actor
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Just Laugh!
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet A Broken Sole
  • Shoemaker
2007
No Score Yet The Last Request
  • Executive Producer
  • Pop
2006
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Roth
2006
No Score Yet Stiffs
  • Actor
2006
44% Brooklyn Lobster
  • Frank Giorgio
2005
No Score Yet Off Key
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Zeyda and the Hitman (Running with the Hitman)
  • Nathan Winkler
2004
No Score Yet The Italian Americans
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Shorty
  • Executive Producer
2003
29% Mail Order Bride
  • Tony Santini
2003
91% Dinner Rush
  • Louis
2001
No Score Yet Sicilian Code
  • Vincent
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Off Key
  • Actor
2001
20% Prince of Central Park
  • Noah Cairn
2000
No Score Yet Mambo Café
  • Joey
2000
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet A Brooklyn State of Mind
  • Frank Parente
1998
No Score Yet Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis
  • Rathbone
1998
No Score Yet Dead Silence
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Last Don II
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Last Don
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Mojave Moon
  • Al
1997
No Score Yet Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook
  • Narrator
1997
60% 2 Days in the Valley
  • Dosmo Pizzo
1996
14% Two Much
  • Gene Paletto
1996
54% City Hall
  • Frank Anselmo
1996
No Score Yet Brothers' Destiny
  • Duke
1996
No Score Yet Power of Attorney
  • Joseph Scassi
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Major Hamilton, Retail Buyer
1994
71% Léon: The Professional
  • Tony
1994
20% The Pickle
  • Harry Stone
1993
No Score Yet Moadon Beit Hakvarot (The Cemetery Club)
  • Actor
1993
67% The Cemetery Club
  • Ben Katz
1993
No Score Yet Me and the Kid
  • Harry
1993
40% Ruby
  • Jack Ruby
1992
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Pinocchio
  • Actor
1992
80% 29th Street
  • Frank Pesce, Sr.
1991
69% Mistress
  • Rasso
1991
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Tommy Five-Tone
1991
No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle
  • Actor
1991
69% Jacob's Ladder
  • Louis
1990
No Score Yet The Closer
  • Chester Grant
1990
68% Once Around
  • Joe Bella
1990
27% Harlem Nights
  • Phil Cantone
1989
No Score Yet Russicum
  • George Sherman
1989
No Score Yet The Preppie Murder
  • Det. Mike Sheehan
1989
93% Do the Right Thing
  • Salvatore 'Sal' Fragione
1989
21% The January Man
  • Capt. Vincent Alcoa
1989
No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle
  • Chief
1988
No Score Yet White Hot
  • Charlie
1988
92% Moonstruck
  • Johnny Cammareri
1987
55% The Pick-Up Artist
  • Phil Harper
1987
No Score Yet Daddy
  • Jacobs
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Rocco
1987
No Score Yet Man on Fire
  • Conti
1987
33% The Protector
  • Danny Garoni
1985
50% Key Exchange
  • Carabello
1985
70% The Stuff
  • Vickers
1985
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Monk
1985
No Score Yet Deathmask
  • Capt. Mike Gress
1985
89% Once Upon a Time in America
  • Police Chief Aiello
1984
81% The Natural
  • Emil LaJang
1984
100% Broadway Danny Rose
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Old Enough
  • Mr. Bruckner
1984
No Score Yet A Question of Honor
  • Martelli
1982
No Score Yet Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
  • Johnson
1981
83% Fort Apache, the Bronx
  • Morgan
1981
No Score Yet Hide In Plain Sight
  • Sal
1980
No Score Yet Defiance
  • Carmine
1980
No Score Yet Bloodbrothers
  • Artie
1978
91% Fingers
  • Butch
1978
75% The Front
  • Danny La Gattuta
1976
No Score Yet Hooch
  • Actor
1976
97% The Godfather, Part II
  • Tony Rosato
1974
88% Bang The Drum Slowly
  • Horse
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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