Rick Aiello Dead: Do the Right Thing Actor, Danny Aiello’s Son Dies

Rick Aiello, actor and son of Danny Aiello, died of pancreatic cancer on Monday at a hospital in Warwick, N.Y., his niece Sydney Fingerhut told Variety. He was 65.

Fingerhut remembers him as a great uncle who was close to all his nieces and nephews, and a “strong guy.”

With over 60 acting credits, Aiello followed in his father’s footsteps, appearing alongside him in Spike Lee’s 1989 classic “Do the Right Thing.” While his father earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Salvatore “Sal” Fragione, Rick played Officer Long, a role he’d reprise a couple years later in Lee’s “Jungle Fever.”

Rick also starred in films, including Christian Maelen’s “Remedy” and George Gallo’s “29th Street,” and toplined the TV series “Dellaventura” and the movie “A Brooklyn State of Mind” alongside his dad. As a character actor, Rick had roles in shows such as “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City,” “Ugly Betty,” “Renegade,” “Tales From the Crypt,” “Angel Street,” “Dark Justice,” “Marker,” “NYPD Blue,” “Strange Luck,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Clueless,” “Early Edition,” “18 Wheels of Justice,” “V.I.P.,” the original TV series “21 Jump Street” and many more.

Rick also appeared in a slew of TV movies, including “The Preppie Murder,” “Murder in Paradise,” “Knights of the Kitchen Table,” “K-9000,” “Parker Kane,” “Brother’s Destiny,” “Hollywood Confidential” and “The Don’s Analyst.” He made appearances in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and acted alongside Sylvester Stallone in John Herzfeld’s 2014 movie “Reach Me.”

Rick is survived by his wife, Arlene Urichich, and their two children.

TMZ first reported the news.


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