Danny Aiello

  • Born: June 20, 1933
  • Died: December 12, 2019
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Danny Aiello

Character actor known for "Do the Right Thing"

Danny Aiello was a prolific character actor best known for his role as pizzeria owner Sal Frangione in Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr Aiello was a total gentleman. He and my father were good friends for at least 50 years. When my dad passed away Mr. Aiello provided great comfort to my mother and me. He did and said all the right things to help us through a very difficult time. It was my honor and privilege to know Mr. Aiello.
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family. He was a good hearted man who will be sorely missed.
God rest his sole. Peter DiNardo III

Posted by A friend   March 25, 2020

I have known Danny and his family for many years.Although we lost track of one another through life's busy times.I have never forgotten the times I did spend with him,and the privilege of knowing him, and his entire family.He is now joined together once again by his name sake son Danny III...May God give strength to the entire Aiello family at these trying times.

Posted by Albert Pascale - Edison, NJ - friend   March 02, 2020

Posted by Carlos Iván Rodriguez - Omaha, NE - teacher   January 18, 2020

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Posted by Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   January 12, 2020

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Actor Danny Aiello will be missed by his adoring family, friends, industry colleagues and fans

He was truly an outstanding character actor. I met him on the set of Radio Days and he could not have been more kind to me...

His body of work as a professional actor showed a wide range.

But for me, to this day my favorite performance of Danny's was in thew great film, "Moonstruck"...
Danny was perfectly cast "Against Type", playing an Italian Mama's Boy as Cher's Fiance...

If you study his line readings as "Johnny Cammareri" you will see how carefully he crafted this character
using both comedy and drama, nailing key moments each and every time.

He was so perfect in this role which was such a departure from his previous character work

Danny Aiello was an inspired casting choice by the late great Film Director Norman Jewison

To: His Dear Wife Sandy, to his Children and Family we Share in your profound Sorrow....

Danny, Thank you sharing your joy of acting and your generous heart with all of us

May you Rest in Peace - Good Kind Man

With Love & Admiration
Carole A & Family

Posted by Carole A - New York, NY - coworker   January 04, 2020

To the Aiello family: I want to offer my sincere condolences on the passing. of
such a fine actor. I especially liked his performance in Harlem Nights..He will
be greatly missed by his fans. I pray that he went home to be with our lord
Jesus Christ. Much Respect The Jones
Family.

Posted by Tijuana Jones - Bronx, NY - acquaintance   January 03, 2020

Oh Danny, what a gem you were. I will so miss your presence on the screen. Be well, my friend.

Posted by Ross Homans - Atlanta, GA   December 30, 2019

I grew up admiring Danny Aiello's films. Great Italian American. I believe he represented the significance of hard work and dedication. The world will truly miss this great man as will I. My heartfelt condolences to all of his family and dearest friends. Rest in the peace of God's good graces Mr. Aiello. For you were truly one of his great masterpieces.

Posted by Michael Giunta - Philadelphia, PA   December 28, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family and friends. A great actor and will be missed by many.May God provide comfort, endurance, and peace to your family today, tomorrow, and always.

Posted by A friend   December 26, 2019

Great family man and obviously a great actor. Danny will certainly be missed.

Posted by George Ledwith - Madison, CT - friend   December 24, 2019

I can remember him as a actor. I am sorry regarding your loss.

Posted by A friend   December 22, 2019

I knew since I was 5 that I wanted to be an Actor and seeing my cousin Danny was doing it made me believe my dream was possible. He was and still is a great inspiration to me. I teach Acting and use him as an inspiration. To have 4 kids, going into Acting in your late 30s does not make financial sense. But, Danny made his own way and was a natural. I loved going backstage to see him when he was on stage in Gemini, Knockout, The Floating Lightbulb and more... I love being on sets with him talking about acting, family and more. I am grateful for my relationships with Danny JR. & Ricky that came through Danny. I am grateful for Danny making the effort to see me on stage when he could. I admire that Danny was always reinventing himself and going where his passions lead him first as an Actor, Singer & Author. Danny loved people and people loved him. He was New York. I always hoped that one day wed work together. I guess now Ill have to wait to do it on stage on the other side.
I Love You Danny,
Tony

Posted by Tony Montes - Tarzana, CA - family   December 20, 2019

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I have met Danny many times over the years. He had a fabulous memory. He was always very warm and loving . God Bless all the members of the Aiello family.

Posted by Sal Mazzola - Yorktown Heights, NY - acquaintance   December 19, 2019

I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.

Posted by A friend   December 18, 2019

Danny was one of a kind. I love gangster movies from all eras but he was my favorite gangster. I would have married him in a previous life. God Bless Your Family.
An avid movie fan.

T & M Cleary Horseheads, NY

Posted by Mary Cleary - Horseheads, NY   December 18, 2019

Fly to the moon,
Play amongst the stars,
Find out what Spring is like on Jupiter and Mars

You were a blessing to this country, beloved and admired by countless people. You will live on through your films and music. Bless your family now and always, for your loss will forever be felt.

Posted by DiTullio Family - North Haven, CT   December 18, 2019

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences

Posted by A friend   December 18, 2019

May the hearts of all his family and close friends be comforted by God who will comfort you in your time of sorrow. My condolences.

Posted by patricia    December 18, 2019

Danny Was a Great Guy & Very Talented!! He Was Very Down To Earth!! I'll Never Forget The Compliments He Gave Me on my Singing!! Rest In Peace Danny.

Posted by Earl B. Benedetto - Trumbull, CT - friend   December 17, 2019

Great guy who still after 20 years remembered me at the San Gennero festival

Posted by Steve Rogers - Manhattan, NY - friend   December 17, 2019

An Homage to DANNY AIELLO

by
David Orange


Two-time Oscar-nominated actor Danny Aiello (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing.) and stellar work in many other films, Broadway roles, etc. died Dec. 12, 2019, at 86.

I acted on the Broadway stage opposite Danny in 1979 for a very limited time, but the days spent around him have proved unforgettable.

The co-starring role opposite Danny in the Broadway play with a boxing theme - KNOCKOUT- was already cast. Ed ONeil of Married With Children, Modern Family TV fame, etc. playing the co-starring part of Paddy -- a menacing heavyweight boxer working out in the ring that Aiello manages, only to bully everyone until Danny has a knockdown drag-out fight with Paddy.

I was new in town, without an agent and heard that they were casting the understudy part of Paddy. In my desperation to get my first Broadway gig, I found out the name of the restaurant where Aiello had dinner every night after his theater performance.

I had never met Danny but went unannounced to his table. He was with three thug-looking guys, and I told him a la braggadocio style, like the character I wanted to portray, would say that I would be simply too much for him to handle in the ring!

Aiello, taken aback by my cocky arrogance, fired back to me: "You talk tough, but let's see how tough you really are. Come by the boxing club tomorrow at noon."

I did, and Aiello and the playwright had me spar against an amateur heavyweight boxer going pro. I barely held my own, but believable enough to play the role. After the boxing part of the audition, I had to act out a dialogue scene for the director, and he rewarded me the understudy job.

As I waited each night when I would hopefully get to perform, I noted something fascinating about Aiello that I never saw another star, before or after, do. Instead of preparing for his role in his room as Method style actor often did, or just some quiet time before hed go on stage to perform, Danny would stay out front of the theatre talking it up with theatergoers and passersby, signing autographs and whatnot. He didnt seem to tire out but rather reveled in putting on, for a lack of a better term, an improvisational show with people. Theyd talk about everything and anything until the stage manager would often have to come out to lead Danny into the theatre to hurry and get dressed for it was nearly time to perform. All the worlds a stage, Shakespeare once wrote and Danny followed that quote throughout his life.

My first performance with Aiello in the Helen Hayes Theatre before a large audience had a surprise for me after the show. The cast had left the stage, but Danny remained, talking to the theatre patrons, something seldom if ever, done by a cast member on the Broadway stage. Aiello called for me to return to the center stage where he told the audience how we only had one rehearsal together but in his assessment, my Broadway debut was outstanding.
The ovation the audience gave me brought a lump to my throat.

In 1983, I was cast again in a Broadway play-- the Tony Award-winning Best Play- TORCH SONG TRILOGY. Danny Aiello came backstage to meet the shows star, Harvey Fierstein. Danny was doggedly determined to co-star in the gay-themed musical comedy LA CAGE AUX FOLLES that Fierstein had just written the book to. Danny, a natural comedian who also had a smooth singing voice- a la crooner style akin to Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.

I felt the urge to give Danny a huge plug- not that he needed it from me. I insisted to Harvey that Aiello indeed could sing, and draw in people to see this new, much-anticipated play, especially since he was co-starring in a new movie about to come out: Moonstruck with Cher (which Danny was Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor).

Regrettably, Aiello didn't get the part in La Cage, for the show was signing on two other musical stars. I do believe Danny wouldve been great.

Years passed, and I didnt see Danny again until 1998. He was lunching with a group on the patio at his favorite restaurant near Lincoln Center on Manhattans Upper Westside. I was walking by and he shouted out, we greeted one another warmly. And once again, Danny was out to help me. He was starring in the title role of a new NYC TV series cop/private eye drama Dellaventura.

Aiello wanted me to audition with the shows producers for a guest-starring role in an upcoming episode. After my audition, Danny left a message that things for me looked good. However, bad news came days later- the Delllaventura was canceled after 14 shows. . . the episode I was being considered for never got to film. Oh, well, thats show biz.

I salute Danny Aiello-- a fun-loving showman who thrived to interact with everyone and anyone he came across-- an endearing actor that the world loved and he loved them right back. He was a truly unique force of nature.


Posted by David Orange - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - coworker   December 17, 2019

To the Aiello family, I send my heartfelt sympathy. May God give you peace of mind and heart at this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   December 17, 2019

My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by A friend   December 17, 2019

Aiello family,
We are so sorry for your May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.

Posted by A friend   December 17, 2019

My condolences to the family of Danny Aiello, I am truly sorry for your loss. He was one of my favorite actors. May the God of comfort be with all of you as you grieve.

Posted by Karen - MD   December 17, 2019

He was a joy to watch in every one of his films. I will miss his artistry.

Posted by Alan Koufer - Nashville, TN   December 17, 2019

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by A friend   December 16, 2019

REST IN PEACE... GREAT ACTOR ENJOYED YOUR WORK MY CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS EXTENDED THE YOUR FAMILY..

MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS TODAY AND FOREVERMORE.

Posted by BANKS - MI   December 16, 2019

Sorry for your great loss. Danny Aiello was not given enough credit for his great acting abilities in movies that have not been mentioned as "City Hall" with Pacino/Franciosa, and "29th St"(Should have gotten an Oscar for this) with Anthony La Paglia . His acting was as great as other Italian Actors like De Niro and Pacino....Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. WISH I could had met Mr. Aiello and let him know how great an actor he was and how I enjoyed all his movies.

Posted by MICHAEL - WHITESTONE, NY   December 16, 2019

Danny Aiello IS a terrific Person,his Talent is secondary.He hasn't gone anywhere and will continue to touch his family members with many signs of his presence.

Vic Noto

Posted by Vic Noto - New York City, NY   December 16, 2019

Great actor and a kind down to earth human being. My condolences to the Aiello family.

Le mie più sentite condoglianze

Posted by John White - FL   December 16, 2019

To the family, I am a fan and I'm very sorry to hear the loss of a great actor,, My deepest Condolences to you all,

Posted by Darlene Puccilli-Voight - Shelton, CT   December 16, 2019

Great guy, great actor, great loss. Condolences to the family.

Posted by A friend   December 16, 2019

Condolences to the aiello family. May the God of all comfort be with you during your great loss.

Posted by - OH   December 16, 2019

Deepest condolences to Dannys loved ones. Saddened to hear of his death.

Posted by A friend   December 16, 2019

Sincerest Condolences to the Aiello Family , Great Actor, RIP

Posted by Michael Crismani - LA, CA - Acquaintance   December 16, 2019

My Deepest Condolences to the family. I had a chance to meet uncle Danny and Sandy around Christmas when I went to their home with my friend Melody. He was so down to earth. We all talked and listened to his CD. Such nice man. Very talented actor. He will be missed. Sandy was a doll. So sorry for your loss. My Prayers to you and the family.

Posted by Laura Dillon - NY   December 16, 2019

Sending prayers and words of comfort to the family of Mr. Aiello. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   December 15, 2019

This man was one of the best, great smile and very friendly. He also was a top actor and maybe he was a cousin to me,not sure. I do now I will miss him and my sincerest condolences to the family. God Bless

Posted by DICK Aiello - Mt Pleasant, SC   December 15, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Aiello family for the loss of Danny. He was larger than life. So very talented and I am happy to say that I had the pleasure to know and work with him. He was an inspiration to so many. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Fran Ganguzza - Westwood, NJ   December 15, 2019

Loved Danny's role in Moonstruck. He also had a great singing voice. Another good wholesome and moral actor gone. Rest in peace Danny.

Posted by Charlotte Gray - Uniontown, OH   December 15, 2019

Sincerest sympathy to the Aiello family. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known Danny and to assist his shopping needs. He was always warm and friendly, always smiling, and will be missed by many of us who were so fortunate to have met him. God bless Danny and his loving family.

Posted by Marilyn Macys Paramus Park Mall    December 15, 2019

Danny was a gentle kind man. My mother & I use to talk to him at our local supermarkets for years. He always brought a smile to our faces. He will be missed.

Posted by Laurie - NJ   December 15, 2019

I liked your acting and was saddened to hear of your passing. Godspeed Danny Aiello!

Posted by David - Goleta, CA   December 15, 2019

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Posted by Alishia - SC   December 15, 2019

WONDERFUL IN MOVIE MOONSTRUCK" ONE OF MY ALLTIME FAVORITES, AS WELL AS 29TH STREET, RIP DANNY, YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED! LISA S

Posted by LISA SPERRAZZA - WHITESTONE, NY   December 15, 2019

I REALLY LOVED DANNY AIELLO, WHAT A GIFTED AND TALENTED, MAN! ONE OF A KIND, HE WAS GREAT IN MY FAVORITE MOVIE" 29TH STREET" AND EVEN HEARD HIS SINGING, GREAT ACTOR, TOO, WILL BE GENUINELY MISSED, CAN NEVER SEE THAT MOVIE ENOUGH {29TH STREET} RIP, DANNY! NEVER KNEW HE WAS IN MADONNAS VIDEO PAPA DONT PREACH TILL TODAY! LISA.....SPERRAZZA CLARKSON NY

Posted by LISA SPERRAZZA - CLARKSON, NY   December 15, 2019

The world has lost a great man and an incredible actor

Posted by A friend   December 15, 2019

I met Danny a few times and I immediatly sensed how humble and genuine he was. A great actor that will be missed

Posted by Stephen - Upper Saddle River, NJ   December 15, 2019

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Dear Aiello Family Rory and I would luv to extend our condolences's on the loss of Danny Aiello.we luved him in Moonstruck especially.he'll surely be missed.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA   December 14, 2019

Just a good man and one who truly cared.

Lt. RDA (retired) Teaneck PD

Posted by robert adomilli - teaneck, NJ   December 14, 2019

To Danny Aielio 's family I am so sorry for your loss ,he was a wonderful actor .

Posted by SUSAN - Syracuse+NY, NY   December 14, 2019

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Sorry, you will be missed. You are a good actor you did great in making things wright

Posted by Richard Rehkopf Rehkopf - New Port Richey, FL   December 14, 2019

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Rest In Peace

Posted by Roseann Conway - Mantoloking, NJ   December 14, 2019

Danny may you Rest In Peace. You were a tru gentleman and will be missed

Posted by Roseann and John Conway - Mantoloking, NJ   December 14, 2019

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R. I. P will be missed

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2019

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Sorry for your loss

Posted by Deborah Russick - Delran, NJ   December 14, 2019

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We are so lucky to have had you for so many years watching all the wonderful movies you made. "Two Days in the Valley", was just one of my favorites. My condolences to his family and dear friends. A very talented man. You will be missed by many. RIP Danny.

Posted by Kathy Mastronardi - Fairfield, CT   December 14, 2019

One of our best actor has left us. Danny is now reunited with his beloved son. He was a true gentleman and a outstanding talent. He will forever be missed by his family, friends, and fans. May he now be resting in heavenly peace. Jane M.

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2019

Sincerest sympathy to Aiello family - worked with you at Greyhound in the 50's - you were a good guy! Enjoyed your acting talent & have your book. I too was born in 33 & married 60 years. May you RIP Danny.

Posted by Louis/Cynthia Boccabella - FL   December 14, 2019

But now the curtain falls ... reposez en paix Monsieur Aiello .
Amitiés et condoléances à toute votre famille .

Posted by Christian MAFFEY - LYON FRANCE   December 14, 2019

I offer my sincere condolences for the loss of Danny Aiello. He was such a great actor. I enjoyed seeing him in the many acting roles. May God give you comfort as you mourn. Philippians 4:6, 7

Posted by C S - Charlotte, NC   December 14, 2019

Rest in eternal peace. You were a beautiful person with a giant heart. My family and I enjoyed your films and music, and will always love you.

Posted by Sandra DiTullio - North Haven, CT   December 14, 2019

Sincere condolences Aiello Family, May the Almighty God of comfort bless your hearts with with strength and peace as you lean on His strong arm of support as He helps you cope with your loss each and every day.

Posted by BRY - CA   December 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your great body of work. May love and comfort your family.

Posted by Kala    December 14, 2019

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the family of Danny. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2019

Truly sad news, what an amazing actor. His talent will be missed. My condolences to the Aiello family, may God be with you at this time of your sorrow.

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2019

My condolceces to his family and all who loved him.

Posted by EUNICE HICKS - SUITLAND, MD - Friend   December 14, 2019

An Actor who never had a poor performance,
A stand-up guy who got along well with all.

Posted by Giuseppe Pagano - Indio, CA   December 14, 2019

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Enjoyed all of his work. Rest in heavenly Peace Danny.....we will miss you.

Posted by Sheila Smith - L.A., CA   December 14, 2019

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Rest in peace Danny, You will be sadly missed. God seen you was tired, and took you home.

Posted by ROSEMARY T - TEMPLE, PA - friend   December 13, 2019

I once passed Mr Aiello while waking in Soho in lower Manhattan. I said in passing that i have always enjoyed seeing you on the movie screen sir. He turned around, and called me back and shook my hand. He said that it was a nice compliment, and asked my name. I always remembered that i thought what a nice gesture for him to do that. A classy guy, and a very nice person as well. He will be missed.

Posted by Kenny Lun - Sun City Center, FL - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

Hi how are you I was writing to you to give my condolences to you and your family etc. RIP. He was a nice guy. I will.miss him so. I loved his movies etc.. take care bye.

Posted by Jody Brachman - Lake Zurich, IL - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

So very sorry to hear about Dannys passing, my prayers for his family. RIP Danny you will be missed.

Posted by Wendy Lacovara - Tarpon Springs, FL - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

I met Mr. Aiello many years ago at the San Gennaro feast in NYC where he was promoting his new CD. He was so kind and genuine. I was so excited to meet him. We had a brief conversation and I mentioned some of my favorite movies. Of course, Moonstruck was one, but my all time favorite was and still is 29th Street. When I mentioned 29th Street, Mr. Aiello started laughing and he said to me, 'you know what, 29th Street is my favorite movie too'. He was truly a class act. I was very sad to hear of his passing today. One of the greats has gone home. RIP Mr. Aiello. You will surely be missed.

Posted by Josephine M - NJ   December 13, 2019

Rest in Peace Uncle Danny

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2019

I LOVED DANNY AIELLO IN MOONSTRUCK, I SAW HIM SHOPPING IN NORDSTROMS , AT GARDEN STATE PLAZA WITH HIS WIFE IN THE JEWELRY, I WISH I COULD HAVE SAID HELLO DANNY AIELLO . HE WAS A NICE MAN , A SINCERE PERSON, FAMILY MAN. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM. JUDITH L. BLAU, MORRISTOWN,NJ., I REALLY FEEL SAD. I WAS JUST TELLING MY HUSBAND BEFORE I HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT WHENEVER MOONSTRUCK IS ON I WATCH IT. OVER AND OVER AND OVER. THANK YOU AND I SHALL MISS HIM

Posted by JUDITH BLAU - MORRISTOWN,, NJ - friend   December 13, 2019

Good job Danny, come on in.

Posted by St. Peter    December 13, 2019

Posted by Robert Velardi - Brick, NJ   December 13, 2019

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We knew Danny when we lived in Saddle River, NJ. He was a great actor and we enjoyed all his movies. He was a very special guy and loved his little dog Sofi. She was with him where ever he went. Our deepest sympathy to his family. Rest in peace Danny. You will be missed by many.

Posted by Anna & Nick Turturro - Ft. Mill, SC - neighbor   December 13, 2019

Danny, a kind and gracious gentleman, used to "hold court" at various cafe's and restaurants on the upper West Side of NYC and in Hoboken, NJ. Because we had mutual acquaintances, he invited me and a two of my friends to sit down with his posse on a few occasions and converse. He told us this practice was a carry-on from time he spent in his younger days on "the stoop" in his old neighborhoods. Last time we spoke I was shaking his hand in farewell and he turned to his friend and said, "Rocco, say goodbye to Lou" and "Rocco, say goodbye to Mike." Rocco said "Goodbye, Lou." "Goodbye Mike." Danny possessed a cinematic quality we may not see again. He was a remarkable guy! RIP, Sympathy to your family.

Posted by Mike Banks - New York, NY - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

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Posted by Cynthia Herd - SOUTH HADLEY, MA   December 13, 2019

Dear Sandy, Many years ago I met you at your home with Gloria. Again at her funeral, where Danny shared his love for his sister. My heart is heavy at the passing of your beloved Danny.
Fondly,
Cassie Gold

Posted by Cassie Gold - Hallandale Beach, FL - friend   December 13, 2019

Loved all of his work. RIP...the best to the family.

Posted by Edward Walsh - Petaluma, CA   December 13, 2019

A great actor, loved him in both Moonstruck and Once Upon A Time In America.

May his memory be eternal.

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2019

Gosh I'm so sorry. I like him in Moonstruck. He made that film. I will sure miss him.

Posted by Jim Burns - Leawood, KS   December 13, 2019

The biggest thing I will remember is the video with Maddona Ciccone, " Papa don't preach, " like my niece and my sister when they got pregnant, I am there whether it is in wedlock or not. Rest in Peace...


Pete Lieggi

Posted by Peter Felix John Lieggi - Lawrenceville, NJ   December 13, 2019

I loved watching Danny in everything he was in. His acting was with a NY flare, wise guy, Italian Soprano (David Chase) style.
I love everything ITALIAN, being an
Italian he was terrific when playing
Those parts. Godfather,.Goodfellas, you will be
Missed Mr..Danny. it.was thrilling
to see you on the streets of NY.!
Now you can rest in Heaven.
NY and all your family and friends
Mourn you.. Condolences, dear man.

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2019

'Do the Right Thing' is one of my favorite films. I shall be rewatching it this evening in fond and respectful memory.
Rest in peace, Mr. Aiello

Posted by Brad Branch - Topeka, KS   December 13, 2019

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Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   December 13, 2019

I Remember him well
Great Actor . RIP with
All the other Stars
Sue Willard
Gr.Mich .

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2019

Rest in paradise! Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!!! I had the pleasure of meeting you in NY/PA and seeing you twice after, very friendly. Blessings to your family!❤

Posted by Loretta Evans - Vineland, NJ - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

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Godspeed Danny, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful film memories.

Rest Danny, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   December 13, 2019

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So sorry to hear of your passing, Danny.
You were a great actor!!!!!
I loved you in Moonstruck with Cher and Once Around with Richard Dresfus and Holly Hunter!!!
I could watch both of those movies over and over again and never get tired of them!!!!!
My deepest sympathies to your family,
REST IN PEACE, Danny.
Your talents will be missed!!!!!

With Deepest Sympathies,
Vicki Lego
A Fan Who Admires YOU!!!!!

Posted by Vicki Lego - Harrisburg, PA   December 13, 2019

So sad to learn of Danny's death. He was terrific in everything he did. A true natural.

Posted by Mark Buckley - Seattle, WA   December 13, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Danny's passing, he was one of the greatest caring and dynamically talent. A true loss to the industry and everyone who knew him, personally or not, Danny, you definitely will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend, you will never be forgotten, or your talent replaced.

Posted by ERNIE Messing - NC - friend   December 13, 2019

Loved him ad Johnny Cammareri in "Moonstruck". He was such a mama's boy! Great actor. RIP

Posted by Katheryn Clayton - Holladay, UT   December 13, 2019

Loved him in every movie he was in. R.I.P. big guy.

Posted by - Asheville, NC   December 13, 2019

Candle

So very sorry to read of the passing of Danny Aiello. Prayers, thoughts & deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and associates. He was certainly a terrific & versitile actor, "The Purple Rose of Cairo" & 'Moonstruck" come to mind. He will be missed,
but his wonderful body of work will be his everlasting legacy. May he rest in eternal peace and may the perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted by NANCY WOODWELL-FREEDMAN - SANDY HOOK, CT   December 13, 2019

To Danny Aiello,
You were a very talented actor. I enjoyed watching you in the movie moonstruck & I also watching you in Madonnas video Papa dont preach. My prayers go to your family. Lisa Weiner

Posted by Lisa Weiner - Brooklyn, NY - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

I had the pleasure of Meeting Mr. Aiello at a wedding in New Jersey and found him to be very approachable and friendly. I always did like the movies he appeared in. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Lt. James Sharkey (retired) - Mooresville, NC - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

Posted by Lt. James Sharkey (retired) - Mooresville, NC - acquaintance   December 13, 2019

I was truly saddened to hear the passing of the wonderful and talented Danny Aiello today. It made me cry as if it was a member of my family .

I would like to say a special thanks to Danny Aiello. My father and I adored both his movies, television & music. He was truly one of a kind. We saw him when he was filming Ruby at The Hard Rock Café in Orlando. He did not want any pictures but allowed by Uncle Pat to come up & shake his hand. My father was too nervous to say hi.

After Mr. Aiello released his first CD, I reached out to his management staff to see if my father could get a second chance to meet him after a performance. They could not have been more kind or accommodating.

Unfortunately my father would go into the hospital & pass before he could go to the show. I always appreciated the fact that he would take time to meet someone that was a fan and seemed to be a kind spirit.

The world was blessed by his performances and talent. He was truly one of the greatest actors of his generation, a great singer and I hope he is remembered that way. We played Danny's CD at my fathers wake.

My condolences go out to his family & friends. God Bless you and thank you. I hope my Dad gets a chance to say hi to you on the other side and say thanks from his entire family.

Posted by Dennis Dunbar - Schenectady, NY   December 13, 2019

He came across as someone who lived next door and you could talk to, genuine. So sad to hear of his passing.

Posted by Catherine - PA   December 13, 2019

As a fan of "Moonstruck" I say: Well done, sir."
God bless you.

Posted by Fr. Mike Petroski - Saline, MI   December 13, 2019

Candle

Posted by Freddie Rhett - Savannah, GA   December 13, 2019

My condolences to the entire family, friends and fellow actors who worked with Mr. Aiello. He was great in every movie he was in, especially as Sgt. Phil Cantone in "Harlem Nights". Mr. Aiello will be missed by all.

Posted by Peter Arriaga - VALLEY STREAM, NY - Friend   December 13, 2019

What a Great actor. MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. L.D

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2019

I have watched Danny Aiello for many years, He looked just like my father's brother, Carmen Treffiletti and strangely enough the logic/personality portrayed was uncannily more than quite similar to my uncle. When I would watch and listen Danny it kept me in total memoranda of my uncle, seemingly always speaking from TRUE' heart felt experience that He lived and learned. I once read He worked on the Hudson River line for AMTRAK as a conductor and call out the various stops between NYC and upstate/ Corning /Poughkeepsie/ Hudson/Albany ECT. In His younger years. Going to miss His craft and the family feeling He reminded of from my father -Nino- Uncle John and Uncle Carmen, " the oldest in that order. Three Sicilan brothers only 6 years apart, in the food business together for their entire life together until death. They were infatic about Family/loyalty and respect, Danny Aiello always seemed like extended family ! Vilibate Sicily was The Treffiletti brothers original home for 7 years of their childhood. Rest in peace Mr. Aiello and thoughts and prayers to His family. The pleasures of his portrayal's on the Big Screen tell me his was even bigger in real life,that's what I always felt, just like the Treffiletti Bros. Just a viewer/friend Tony Treffiletti, proud of an Italian that more than conveyed what in the message the writer was attempting to get across. Rest in peace " Uncle Danny" gonna miss you just a lot. "Looked and spoke just like (ZIO) - "Uncle" Carmen! Anthony George Francis Treffiletti, Nino - Tony Treffiletti. Always wanted to meet you, your Italian friend. RIP Caio for now, I'll finally met you when I get there.

Posted by Anthony Treffiletti - Albany, NY - friend   December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

Dear Family of Actor Mr. Danny Aiello:

I am a Proud Congregant of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. The Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton is The Pastor, The Moderator of The Session, and The Head of The Staff. Reverend Donald B. Register is The Pastor Emeritus.

I am also A Former Member of Church Musician Ship Guild, Inc. (1988-2008). The late Dr. Mildred G. Lewis was The Founder, and Executive Director. I was their Executive Secretary, and Public Relations Director. We worked with various Pastors, Musicians, and Churches (of every denominations). (BAPTISTS, CATHOLICS, MISSIONARY BAPTISTS, CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, PRESBYTERIANS, AND ETC.
I would like to say that Mr. Aiello was a very talented performer, who will truly be missed, by all those people whose paths that he had crossed, and whose lives that he had touched with his great acting ability.

I will continue to keep you all in my prayers, especially during this difficult time. I would also like to say that he did leave a great legacy. "WELL DONE THY GOOD, AND FAITHFUL SERVANT" MATTHEW 25:21, "REST IN PEACE, BROTHER". WITH MY CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY, MS. VALINDA DARLENE JONES, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. I USE TO LIVE ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF CHICAGO IN THE BRONZEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD.

Posted by VALINDA JONES - CINCINNATI, OH   December 13, 2019

One of the greats,...he will be missed by all RIP

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2019

Sad to hear of Mr. Aiello passing, What a great actor!and Gentleman.My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Paco - Bowling Green, KY   December 13, 2019


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