Danny Aiello, the acclaimed actor most famed for his role in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing has died at the age of 86.
TMZ reports that the Academy Award-nominated actor who is also known for roles in, Once Upon a Time in America, and Moonstruck [assed away on Thursday from an undisclosed illness.
It was Aiello’s role as Sal Frangione, the surly owner of a pizzeria in Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film Do The Right Thing. As Sal, Aiello earned widespread critical acclaim for his performance in the racially-charged film. So much so, that he would earn himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
His good work can also be seen in 1981’s Fort Apache, The Bronx opposite Paul Newman and in 1984’s Once Upon a Time in America with Robert DeNiro. The actor also starred across from Cher in 1987’s Moonstruck and as Madonna’s father in the video for ‘Papa Don’t Preach’.
Yet his most famous moment may be an ad-libbed line in Godfather II saying the line, “Michael Corleone says hello!” during a hit.
RIP Danny Aiello.