Los Angeles / New York (dpa) - The American actor Danny Aiello, who starred in films such as "The Godfather 2", "Moon Addict" and "Do the right thing", is dead. His spokeswoman confirmed according to "Hollywood Reporter" on Friday that the actor died on Thursday after a short illness. Aiello was 86 years old.
Numerous colleagues expressed their grief. "Danny was a great actor but a genius as a comedian," Cher (73) wrote on Twitter. They would have laughed so much together when filming "Mondsüchtig" (1987). Cher then won the Oscar for Best Actress, Aiello played her screen lover.
"It was a pleasure and an honor to work with him," wrote actress Mia Farrow. The 74-year-old was in front of the camera with Aiello in Woody Allen's comedy "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985).
Aiello won an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the tragic comedy “Do the right thing” (1989). Directed by Spike Lee, he played the owner of a pizzeria in a black neighborhood in New York. Together they made film history, Lee said on Instagram. He would miss him. Quiet in paradise, »wrote the director. In June, they celebrated the 30th anniversary of the film together with a street party, Lee posted on a photo together.
Born in New York, Italy, his ancestry was known in the 70s and 80s through numerous supporting roles. Francis Ford Coppola brought him in front of the camera for the mafia film "The Godfather 2", and with Sergio Leone he shot the gang stereotype "Once Upon a Time in America". His last appearances were in the films "The Neighborhood" (2017) and "A Recipe for Love" (2018).
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