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Beloved stage and screen actor Danny Aiello’s big-hearted memoir reveals a man of passion, integrity, and guts—and lays bare one of the most unlikely success stories ever told.

Danny Aiello admits that he backed into his acting career by mistake. That’s easy to see when you begin at the beginning: Raised by his loving and fiercely resilient mother in the tenements of Manhattan and the South Bronx, and forever haunted by the death of his infant brother, Danny struggled early on to define who he was and who he could be. Shoeshine boy, numbers runner, and pool hustler were among the first identities he tried on. After getting into trouble on the streets, he enlisted in the army at seventeen, served in Germany, and was honorably discharged. Later, as an unemployed high school dropout raising a family of his own, Danny was burdened with serious depression by the time he landed a job as a bouncer at a Hell’s Kitchen comedy club. Taking to the stage in the wee hours to belt out standards, Danny Aiello found his voice and his purpose: He was born to act. Performing in converted churches and touring companies led to supporting roles in such films as The Godfather: Part II and Moonstruck, and an Oscar nomination for his role as the embattled Salvatore in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. For a guy who had never set foot in an acting class, this was supreme validation for being an outsider who followed his heart.

In a raw and real chronicle of his gritty urban past, Danny Aiello looks back with appreciation, amusement, and frank disbelief at his unconventional road to success. He offers candid observations on working with luminary directors Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, and Robert Altman, among others, and a vast roster of actors, including Robert De Niro, Paul Newman, Madonna, Cher, and Lauren Bacall. He opens up about friends he loved, friends he lost, and the professional relationships that weren’t meant to be. Above all, Danny Aiello imparts a life lesson straight out of his own experience to anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider: It’s never too late to become who you want to be, to find happiness and fulfillment, and to embrace the winding road to get there.

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  • Danny Aiello

    Book on Demand Limited. 2012. ISBN: 551233803X,9785512338032. 136 pages.

    High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Daniel Louis "Danny" Aiello, Jr. (pronounced/a lo /; born June 20, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures, including Once Upon a Time in America, Ruby, The Godfather: Part II, Hudson Hawk, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Leon, Two Days in the Valley, and Dinner Rush. He had a pivotal role in the 1989 Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing as Salvatore 'Sal' Frangione, the pizzeria owner, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Aiello is also known for his role as Don Domenico Clericuzio in the miniseries Mario Puzo's The Last Don.

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  • Italian Feast, Food, Talent Take Stage In Tappan

    Admission is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 12. Celebrities invited include: Chazz Palminteri, John Travolta, James Franco, Danny Aiello, Marisa Tomei, Tony LoBianco, Federico Castellucio, Stanley Tucci, Paul Sorvino, Michael Imperioli ...

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    09/14/16 ,via wcti12.com

    Christopher Mintz-Plasse (1989), Grace Potter (1983), Robert Rodriguez (1968), John Goodman (1952), Lionel Richie (1949), Anne Murray (1945), Brian Wilson (1942), Stephen Frears (1941), John Mahoney (1940), Danny Aiello (1933), Olympia Dukakis (1931 ...

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    09/12/16 ,via roh.org.uk

    Moonstruck tells the story of Loretta (Cher) who is engaged to be married to Johnny (Danny Aiello). She, however, has inadvertently slept with his brother, Ronny (Nicholas Cage). Loretta and Ronny strike a deal: Ronny agrees to never see her again if she ...

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Danny Aiello - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aiello lived in Ramsey, New Jersey, for many years. He later moved to Saddle River, New Jersey. He is the father of stuntman and actor Danny Aiello III, who died May ...

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Danny Aiello - IMDb

Danny Aiello was born on June 20, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel Louis Aiello Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for Léon: The Professional (1994 ...

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Daniel Louis Aiello Jr., detto Danny (New York, 20 giugno 1933), è un attore statunitense

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