I Only Know Who I am When I am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, on the Stage, and in the Movies by Danny Aiello
Beloved stage and screen actor Danny Aiello's big-hearted memoir reveals a man of passion, integrity, and guts -- and lays bare one of the most unlikely success stories ever told.
Raised by his loving and fiercely resilient mother in the tenements of Manhattan and the South Bronx, Danny struggled early on to define who he was and who he could be. Shoeshine boy, numbers runner, and pool hustler were among the first identities he tried. After getting into trouble on the streets, he enlisted in the army at seventeen, served in Germany, and was honorably discharged. Later, as an unemployed high school dropout raising a family of his own, Danny was burdened with serious depression by the time he landed a job as a bouncer at a Hell's Kitchen comedy club. Taking to the stage in the wee hours to belt out standards, Danny Aiello found his voice and his purpose: He was born to act. Performing in converted churches and touring companies led to supporting roles in such films as The Godfather: Part II and Moonstruck, and an Oscar nomination for his role as the embattled Salvatore in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
Danny Aiello imparts a life lesson straight out of his own experience to anyone who's ever felt like an outsider: It's never too late to become who you want to be, to find happiness and fulfillment, and to embrace the winding road to get there.
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