Danny Aiello dead at 86, reports say

Actor Danny Aiello attends the 'Henry & Me' red carpet special charity screening

Aiello gained critical acclaim with his Oscar-nominated role in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

Longtime actor Danny Aiello, who appeared in films such as "Do the Right Thing", "Moonstruck", and "Godfather: Part II", died at age 86, it was reported.

He also played Madonna's father in the 1986 video for Papa Don't Preach.

The role earned him nominations for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The renowned character actor passed away in a New Jersey medical facility following an unspecified sudden illness, according to his literary agent. "The family asks for privacy at this time".

Aiello's screen career was launched by the 1973 sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly, which also starred a newcomer named Robert De Niro.


Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Following his breakthrough, the screen star capitalized on his success in the '80s, landing roles in movies such as Fort Apache the Bronx with Paul Newman, Once Upon a Time in America, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Moonstruck, with Cher.

Full Metal Jacket actor Matthew Modine paid tribute to his "love, wisdom, talents and grace".

Aiello was born in New York City and was also a veteran of the stage. "It's like a lovely dream that never seems to end".

Danny is survived by 3 children and his wife Sandy, to whom he was married since 1955.

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