‘Do The Right Thing’ Actor Danny Aiello Dead At 86

Brenda Watkins
December 13, 2019

Aiello's Oscar-nominated performance as Salvatore "Sal" Frangione in Spike Lee's incendiary 1989 classic Do The Right Thing was most frequently mentioned, a testament to the film's trenchant achievements and Aiello's compelling portrait of a pizzeria owner vexed by the changing demographics of his NY neighborhood.

The Oscar-nominated "Do the Right Thing" actor died Thursday night at the age of 86, Deadline reported. He also played Madonna's father in the music video for "Papa Don't Preach". The same role also earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

TMZ reports that his family said he passed away at a medical facility in New Jersey where he was being treated for a sudden illness. "The family asks for privacy at this time", Miller said in a statement.

He broke into films in the early 1970s with one of his earlier roles alongside Robert De Niro in Bang the Drum Slowly.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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Soon after, he appeared as Tony Rosato in The Godfather: Part II.

Full Metal Jacket actor Matthew Modine paid tribute to his "love, wisdom, talents and grace". He released several albums with a big band sound. including "Live from Atlantic City" in 2008.

In 1990 he told People magazine: "You know, I've only been in this business 17 years. It's like a attractive dream that never seems to end".

The actor is survived by his four children and his wife Sandy, who he married in 1955.

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