Rick Aiello, ‘Do the Right Thing’ Actor and Son of Danny Aiello, Dies at 65

Aiello passes away following a battle with pancreatic cancer

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Rick Aiello in the 1997 cop drama "Dellaventura" (Photo by CBS)

Actor Rick Aiello, whose credits include “The Sopranos,” “Twin Peaks,” and “Do the Right Thing,” has died. He was 65.

Aiello’s mother said that he died Monday night surrounded by loved ones in New York hospital after battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, according to TMZ.

Aiello’s older brother, stunt coordinator Danny Aiello III, also died of the disease in 2010 at 53. His father Danny Aiello died in December 2019 at age 86.

Rick Aiello had a fruitful acting career, with more than 60 acting credits to his name, including roles in “Sex and the City,” “The Closer,” “L.A. Law,” “Tales from the Crypt,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and more.

Perhaps most notably, he played the role of Officer Long in two Spike Lee films: “Do the Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever.” After the news of Aiello’s passing broke, Lee posted a photo of Aiello from “Do The Right Thing” on Instagram with the caption, “Rest In Peace Rick Aiello, Son Of Danny Aiello. Both In DO THE RIGHT THING. September 21st, 1955 – July 27th, 2021.”

Aiello is survived by his wife, Arlene Urichich, their two children, Ricky Jr. and Tori, his mother Sandy, as well as his brother Jamie and sister Stacey.


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