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Danny Aiello III dies of cancer

Actor-director was head of SAG's stunt safety committee

Danny Aiello III, actor, director and stunt coordinator, died May 1 in Hillsdale, N.J., following pancreatic cancer. He was 53.

Born in the Bronx, Aiello grew up around showbiz with his father, Danny Aiello, acting in films including “The Godfather: Part II” and “Do the Right Thing.”

As a stunt coordinator, Aiello’s credits include “Rescue Me,” “All My Children,” and the yet-to-be-released “Sex and the City 2.” He acted as the body-double for his father in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” and directed his father in 1999’s “18 Shades of Dust.”

He was a member of SAG’s stunt and safety committee and participated in AFTRA’s contract talks in 2005.

Aiello is survived by his wife, Cindy, and two daughters.

Donations may be made to the Intl. Dyslexia Assn.

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