Danny Aiello recorded big band music and was a favorite of directors Spike Lee and Woody Allen
Veteran film actor Danny Aiello, best known for his roles in Do The Right Thing, and Moonstruck, died at the age of 86, according to Variety. Aiello was being treated for a sudden illness at a medical facility in New Jersey.
Aiello's work as the jilted lover in Norman Jewison's hit comedy Moonstruck supported Cher's Best Actress and Olympia Dukakis's Best Supporting Actress Oscar wins. Aiello was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Sal, the pizza joint owner, in Spike Lee's 1989 film Do the Right Thing. Lee first offered the role to Robert De Niro.
Daniel Louis Aiello Jr. was born June 20, 1933, in Manhattan. Aiello's family moved to the South Bronx when he was seven after his father deserted his wife, who lost her eyesight,