(ABOVE: Danny Aiello and Anthony LaPaglia star in 29th Street—image via IMDb)
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Hoboken probably has a Danny Aiello story.
The renowned actor—famous for his roles in Do The Right Thing, Moonstruck, The Professional and more (including the Hoboken-filmed Hudson Hawk)—was a regular around town. He held court at the former Tutta Pasta (2nd & Washington), often greeting fans and passersby from the outdoor café, and also went on the host a comedy night in the upstairs lounge at that location.
A former bouncer and bus driver, Aiello was legendary for opening doors to actors and creative professionals looking for their big break.
Sadly, he passed away in December, prompting an outpouring of condolences and appreciation from all over the world—but especially here in Hoboken.
As a tribute to Aiello, there will be a FREE SCREENING of his 1991 film 29th Street (co-starring Anthony LaPaglia and Lanie Kazan) at the BowTie Cinema (409-415 14th Street) in Hoboken on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Organized in part by director Frank Gigante of My Way Productions, he will be joined by former cast members of “The Sopranos”—Artie Pasquale and Federico Castelluccio—plus actors Nicky Petito, Michael DeGennaro, Freddy Tenore and more…
Doors open at 6:30; admission is free, seating is limited.