Veteran stage and film actor Danny Aiello has died at the age of 86. His agent, Jennifer DeChiara, confirmed Aiello passed away last night. She described Aiello as a dear friend and a “rare talent who triumped over incredible odds to become one of our greatest actors.”
Aiello is best known for his roles in “Do the Right Thing,” “Moonstruck” and “The Godfather: Part II.”
He kicked off his movie career in the early 1970s with a small role in the Robert De Niro film “Bang the Drum Slowly.”
According to TMZ, the actor’s family said that Aiello died at a medical facility in New Jersey where he was being treated for a sudden illness.