HOLLYWOOD actor Danny Aiello has died at the age of 86.
The star passed away shortly after his family left his bedside at a New Jersey hospital on December 12, 2019.
Who was Danny Aiello?
Danny, from Manhattan, New York, was known for his roles in Do The Right Thing and The Godfather Part II.
Born on June 20, 1933, Danny was the fifth of six children to a seamstress mum and labourer dad.
At the age of 16 he lied about his age in order to join the US Army.
He served for three years before returning to New York to work as a nightclub bouncer.
What films has Danny Aiello starred in?
His film career took off in the early 1970s.
One of his first films was in Robert De Niro’s movie Bang The Drum Slowly.
He also has a role in The Black Caesar as Vito Lanza, due to be released in 2020.
In 2019 he could be seen in Making A Deal With The Devil and The Last Big Save.
He played Tony in the movie Leon and also starred alongside Cher in Moonstruck.
In 1990 he was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for his role in Do The Right Thing.
Danny used his singing talents in Broadway, creating dazzling performances in the Gemini and The House of Blue Leaves.
He also starred on the small screen in TV shows such as The Last Don, Dellaventura and Lady Blue.
Danny also appeared in Madonna’s music video for Papa Don’t Preach.
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What was his cause of death?
Reports have said he was dealing with an infection related to an injection site and died shortly after his family left following a visit, according to TMZ.
He is survived by his three children, and wife Sandy, whom he has stayed with since 1955.
His literary agent Jennifer De Chiara told USA Today: “The world has lost one of its greatest actors who also happened to be a wonderful human being.”