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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 June 1933New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDaniel Louis Aiello Jr.
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Danny Aiello was born on June 20, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel Louis Aiello Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for Léon: The Professional (1994), Do the Right Thing (1989) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He has been married to Sandy Cohen since January 8, 1955. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Sandy Cohen (8 January 1955 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Silky smooth speaking voice
Burly Italian-American characters with volcanic tempers

Trivia (19)

Father of Danny Aiello III, Rick Aiello, Jamie Aiello, and Stacy Aiello.
Uncle of New York Yankees sportscaster (radio/play by play) Michael Kay.
He says that the one thing that annoys him more than anything is if a man is rubbing a girl's back (or vice versa) on a movie set, or even if people of the same sex are rubbing each others' backs.
Is Italian-American.
He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in "That Championship Season", at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Played Police Chief Vincent Aiello in Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
His son, actor/stuntman/stunt coordinator Danny Aiello III died of pancreatic cancer in 2010 at age 53.
The 70-year-old Aiello released his first single, "All of Me," in March of 2004, and followed it a month later with an album of standards. Continues to sing on tour with an eight-piece jazz band.
Among his various charitable interests include Covenant House (a mobile unit that provides food, shelter health care, counseling, education and job training to homeless teens,) the United Way, the Salvation Army, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the Frances Aiello Day Treatment Center in Brooklyn (named after his late mother) that treats young blind and deaf adults and children.
A former bouncer at New York's comedy club, The Improvisation, he broke into the business when he started filling in there as an emcee.
Once was a bus driver and the president of the Greyhound Bus union in his 30s before he pursued acting.
Served a three-year stint in the Army, and was at one time stationed in Germany.
Sold newspapers and shined shoes at Grand Central Station in his youth.
A lifelong resident of New York City, Danny and his six siblings were raised almost single-handedly by their mother.
Was in Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video, playing her father.
June 2004 will appear on Dinner for Five (2001) with host Jon Favreau and guests include John Waters, Delroy Lindo. [June 2004]
He will be releasing his first album of standards titled "I Just Wanted To Hear The Words" under the IN2N lable in late March or early April 2004. [February 2004]
March starts filming Brooklyn Lobster (2005) in New York. [March 2004]
She completed work on film to be released in 2004 - _Zeyda and the Hit Man (2004)_ (working title), directed by Melanie Mayron, and starring himself & Judd Hirsch. [August 2003]

Personal Quotes (5)

The first time I put on a dress and a wig and they took a Polaroid of me, I wanted to throw up. Except I saw a little bit of beauty in that I looked like my mother.
My entire family were Democrats all our lives. But because how furious I was about the previous administration and the particular person running that administration, I turned in my card to become a Republican because I did not want to be known as a Democrat under that person's regime. I'm a traditionalist. I have certain values that I live by, and he practices none of those things, so he can never be what I consider to be a great man. But I don't go around saying he's not my president. He's out of office now, so I can say that I never truly accepted him in my heart. And I'll never say anywhere down the line, I'll never reflect back on this moment in time and say it was a good period for the American people. Because the economy was good, anything goes, and that troubles me. I think many of them are very comfortable with money and don't have to subject themselves to anything other than say, hey - maybe I'm guilty for having all this, and I want to make believe I'm splitting it with the less fortunate. We talk about Hollywood being pro-labor, yet about 70% of our industry has been farmed out to Canada, meaning we are losing jobs like crazy. Where's organized labor asking how we can allow such a thing to happen? The producers know that if they go to Canada, they can make a picture for one-third the price they can in the U.S.
[comparing The Godfather: Part II (1974) with The Sopranos (1999)] I don't know anyone who curses the way they do in an Italian household. I never said the word "hell" in front of my mother. That was a different time, but I have sons and they have never said the word "hell" in front of me or my wife. That's the truth, that's the truth. There was certainly less profanity, and there was a kind of respect. It's not that I totally agreed with it, but it was a great piece of art.
Look, people have an image of Italians. When I go somewhere in the world, I don't care where it is, when they look at me it's not about my intelligence. It's who can I beat up.
I was 40 when I did my first movie. I didn't know what the hell I was doing. My interpretation of acting at the time, because I didn't know how to build a character, was pure energy. People call me an instinctive actor. I used to consider that an insult early on, only because I had never studied. Now... I love it.

Salary (1)

Brooklyn Lobster (2005) US$75/day

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