‘Do the Right Thing’s Rick Aiello, Son of Danny Aiello, Dead at 65

by Jon D. B.

Both Rick and his late father, legendary actor Danny Aiello, starred in 1989’s iconic Do the Right Thing together.

Hollywood actor Rick Aiello, known to many as the son of industry icon Danny Aiello, passed away late Monday night, July 26, 2021. The Aiello family confirms to TMZ Tuesday that Rick died of pancreatic cancer.

Rick’s mother, Sandy Aiello, tells the trade that her son “passed away Monday night surrounded by loved ones at a hospital in Warwick, New Jersey.”

The actor’s battle with cancer went on for almost two years before he would succumb to it. Tragically, Rick is not the first Aiello brother to pass from pancreatic cancer. His brother, Danny Aiello III, would die from the same disease in 2010.

In December of 2019, their father and legendary actor Danny Aiello died “from an infection related to a sudden illness he was being treated for,” TMZ recalls of their original report.

Hollywood Family: The Life of Rick Aiello

During life, Rick would enjoy a successful film career after following in his father’s footsteps. Rick’s work began in the 1980s. He would eventually amass over 60 Hollywood credits to his name – a remarkable feat for any actor.

It is his work alongside his iconic father in Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece, Do the Right Thing, however, that will forever cement Rick Aiello’s place in film history. For it, his father would earn critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination, pushing Rick even harder to succeed.

Fans will remember Rick as Officer Long. He would reprise the role for Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever just a few years on. Aiello’s other memorable appearances include Sex and the City, the original Law & Order, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Rick Aiello’s wife, Arlene Anne Urichich survives him alongside their two children. He was 65-years-old.

Rest in Peace, Rick. Outsider‘s sincerest condolences to family, friends, and fans across the world during this difficult time.