Actor Danny Aiello, known for his scene-stealing roles in ‘Moonstruck,’ ‘The Godfather,’ and ‘Do The Right Thing,’ died ‘at a medical facility in New Jersey’ last night.
He is said to have come down with an infection related to his treatment for a ‘sudden illness.’
Spike Lee, his director in ‘Do The Right Thing,’ wrote:
‘I’m [heart] Broken. Just Found Out My Brother DANNY AIELLO Made His Transition Last Night,’ he wrote. ‘Danny, We Made Cinema History Together With DO THE RIGHT THING. May You Rest In PARADISE.’
Billy Baldwin also posted a moving tribute to ‘a true one of a kind’ talent.
‘From the Army to Greyhound labor rep to bouncer at The Improv to Hollywood stardom!! From Johnny in Moonstruck to Sal in Do The Right Thing,’ Baldwin wrote. ‘That smile, that laugh, that NY attitude. They don’t make ’em like Danny anymore.’
More accolades are still pouring in.