Danny Aiello Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 17 Nov, 2017
Facts of Danny Aiello
Date of Birth: 1933 , June-20
Age: 86 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 3 Inch
Name Danny Aiello
Birth Name Daniel Louis "Danny" Aiello, Jr.
Birth Place/City Manhattan, New York City, New York
Net Worth $ 3 million
Body Measurements N/A
Weight in KG N/A
Married Yes
Married to Sandy Cohen (m. 1955)
Children Sandy Cohen
Education James Monroe High School
Movies Do the Right Thing
TV Show The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980
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American actor, Danny Aiello is known for his several performances on motions pictures like The Godfather: Part II, Dinner Rush, Do the Right Thing etc. He is also known for being nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in Academy Awards for Do the Right Thing. 

Early Life and Education

Danny was born on 20th of June, 1933. He was born on West 68th Street, Manhattan to Italian American parents. His father left the family despite his mother being blind and Danny has condemned the fact to this date.

After moving to the Bronx when he was seven, he attended the James Monroe High School and served in the army for three years. He then worked as a union representative as well as in a comedy club to help support his family.


Aiello’s first role came in 1973 as a ballplayer in the baseball drama entitled Bang the Drum Slowly. The Godfather: Part II also portrayed him on 1974 after which he led to Defiance in 1980.

His role in Fort Apache, The Bronx, as a racist, earned him critical acclaim. His appearance in the ABC Afterschool special entitled A Family of Strangers earned him a Daytime Emmy Award.  He then appeared on hit movies like Once Upon a Time in America, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Radio Days between 1984 and 1987.

The romantic comedy, Moonstruck portrayed him differently than the roles he usually played, with him acting as a sensitive, kind man. Pret-a-Porter showcased him in a comic role and the horror thriller Jacob’s ladder portrayed him in a sympathetic role.

He also played a cameo role in the movie The Professional. The biopic Ruby starred him as an assassin, Jack Ruby, while he played the role of a political big shot in the movie City Hall. His appearances also include acting in the independent feature film Dolly Baby on 2012 and on Brooklyn Lobster as well.

His expertise also lies in the field of music and he has sung for movies like Hudson Hawk, Once Around, I Just wanted to Hear The words, My Christmas Song for You, Live from Atlantic City and also played the role of a father in Madonna’s song Papa Don’t Preach.

Aiello has also appeared in several Broadway productions like Gemini, The Floating Light Bulb. Hurly Burly, The House of Blue Leaves and in Off-Broadway productions like The Shoemaker.

Personal Life

Aiello is married to Sandy-Cohen Aiello from 1955 and they have sons; stuntman and actor Danny Aiello II, Rick Aiello, Jaime Aiello and a daughter named Stacey Aiello together. They also have grandchildren Dawn, Allison, Brielle, Ricky, Tori, Sydney, Zac, Jake, William Daniel and Gabrielle.

The couple has remained bound and in a strong relationship for the past, many years and can be considered to be an epitome of love. Aiello has a net worth of 3 million dollars and further information about him can b obtained on biography sites like the wiki.