EXPIRED: 05/01/10 – Danny Aiello III, 53, was always in his dad’s shadow. Literally.
Born in the Bronx, the son of the famous actor Danny Aiello, really wanted to follow his father into the family business. But the younger Aiello didn’t want to be an actor – he wanted to be a stuntman.
Aiello was the body double for his father in the 1989 Spike Lee movie “Do the Right Thing,” a breakout role for his dad.
The elder Aiello told Newsday in 1992 that he couldn’t bear to watch his son perform stunts during filming. “I let him do it,” the Oscar-nominated actor said. “He tells me, ‘Dad, this is what I do, and if you don’t let me have this job, it will go to someone else’s son.’ ”
Aiello had scores of credits as a stuntman and stunt coordinator, including “Law & Order,” “Rescue Me,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and the yet-to-be-released movie ” Sex and the City 2.”
He eventually also went into acting and directing, including episodes of episodes of “The Untouchables” and “Dellaventura.” He even directed his father in a feature film in 1999 called “18 Shades of Dust. He just wrapped directing a new movie called “Trio.” The plot, according to the imdb.com is “How do you live when love won’t die?”
Aiello died on MayDay of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hillsdale, New Jersey.