R.I.P. Actor Danny Aiello

Danny Aiello, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Moonstruck’ Actor, Dies at 86

Aiello went to work for Budd Friedman as a bouncer and an occasional emcee at the Improv, where he met a neophyte writer, Louis La Russo II, who asked him to be in a play he had just written. “I said, ‘I’m not an actor,’ ” Aiello recalled. “Yes, you are,” La Russo replied, “you just don’t know it yet.”

He didn’t realize it!

And the kicker:

Aiello, who never took an acting class…

He projected a sincerity on screen that he might have lost had he taken any classes. Some people are lucky like that.

Rest in peace. You did memorable work.

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