Godfather 2 actor Danny Aiello dies at 86

Godfather 2 actor Danny Aiello dies at 86

Veteran film actor Danny Aiello, known for his roles in the movies Do The Right Thing and The Godfather Part II, is no more. He was 86. He also played Madonna's father in the 1986 video for Papa Don't Preach. His family said with "profound sorrow" in a statement that he died after a short illness, reports bbc.com.

A veteran of stage and film, Aiello was best known for playing the pizza parlour owner Sal in Spike Lee's 1989 Do the Right Thing. The role earned him a best supporting actor Oscar nomination. He also played the hesitant fiance of Cher's character, Loretta, in Moonstruck in 1987.

"It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician passed away last night after a brief illness," the family said, in a statement to the BBC from his literary agent Jennifer De Chiara.