Danny Aiello grew up in New York City, first in Manhattan and then at various addresses in the Bronx. The actor, 78 (“please put that in a smaller font,” he said), has appeared in films such as “The Godfather: Part II,” Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and he was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.” He has also won a daytime Emmy award for his role in an after school special, and has recorded several albums.
Aiello’s latest role may be his most personal. He stars as the title character in “The Shoemaker,” a play by Susan Charlotte about an Italian Jew on 9/11. The horrific events of the day bring back memories of a father who died in a Nazi camp, and who sent his then 9-year-old son to safety in the U.S. Aiello spoke to The Arty Semite about 9/11, playing Jewish characters, and his disdain for chopped liver.
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