Actor Danny Aiello

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 17, 2002

I have been trying to think of the title of the short-lived television series that starred Danny Aiello. Am I crazy and did he not have a series?

—Jacque G., Minnesota


You're not crazy. Danny Aiello starred as tough-talking Italian private eye Anthony Dellaventura in the series Dellaventura, which lasted only one season on CBS in 1997-98. He was nearly 40 years old when he broke into acting in the 1970s, initially playing tough guys in feature films including The Godfather: Part II and Fort Apache, The Bronx. Aiello also acted on and off-Broadway in plays such as Lamppost Reunion and Gemini. Aiello's most visible roles to date have been in the feature film Moonstruck and as the pizzeria owner in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a role for which he received an Oscar nomination. He lives in New York with his wife, Sandy. They have four children, two of whom have followed in Dad's show business footsteps as actor (son Ricky) and as director, actor, and stuntman (son Danny III).