TMZ: Oscar-nominated actor Danny Aiello dies at 86

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 30: Academy Award nominee for “Do the Right Thing,” actor, singer Danny Aiello speaks at the 57th Annual New York Emmy awards at Marriott Marquis Times Square on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Actor Danny Aiello has died at the age of 86.

According to TMZ, Aiello died in a medical facility in New Jersey after a sudden illness. He was 86 years old.

Aiello has appeared in several films, with his first credited role in the Robert De Niro movie Bang the Drum Slowly. He had a bit part in The Godfather Part II with a memorable line: “Michael Corleone says hello!”

Other roles include Fort Apache the Bronx, Once Upon a Time in America, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Moonstruck.

Aiello gained critical acclaim with his Oscar-nominated role in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The same role also earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

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