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.