Thursday, April 16, 2009

Who's Almost Who In Knickerbocker Village History: Ricky Aviles

From Sarah:
Ricky grew up to be a comedian and character actor in major films. He died in 1995. He was a couple of years older - maybe in Bruce's class. His younger sister, Valerie, was in my class and was very talented too.

from wikipeda
Richard "Rick" Anthony Aviles (October 14, 1952 - March 17, 1995) was an American stand-up comedian and actor who is best remembered for the role of Willie Lopez in the movie Ghost.
Aviles' Grandmother emigrated from Puerto Rico to the United States in the mid 1900s looking for a better way of life. Aviles' parents were both born in New York City. His father Mariano Aviles was the only son of Puerto Rican parents and his mother Carmen Reyes Aviles was of Venezuelan descent. His mother was an educated woman who made sure that her children were educated in culture as well as academically. He was the second eldest and was very close with his family .They lived in Manhattan, New York City, where Aviles was born. He was raised in a tough neighborhood and at times got himself into trouble. One of his assets was that he had a comical side to him. Aviles' siblings Angel (actress and media producer) and Rod Reyes(comedian and chef) are also in the arts and entertainment fields. In the 1970s and 1980s, Aviles worked as a stand-up comedian on the Greenwich Village night-club circuit in New York. In 1981, he landed the role of Mad Dog in the movie Cannonball Run. He went on to act in fourteen more film productions. In 1987, Aviles landed a small part as the maintenance man in the movie The Secret of My Success, starring Michael J. Fox. That same year he became the host of It's Showtime at the Apollo, and continued as host until 1991.
In 1990, Aviles landed his most memorable role. He was cast as Willie Lopez, Sam Wheat's killer, in the movie Ghost. The movie was a smash hit at the box office and received multiple Oscar nominations. Besides Aviles, Ghost also starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. He also acted in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III (1990) as Mask #1; Brian DePalma's Carlito's Way (1993) as "Quisqueya", starring Al Pacino; in Waterworld (1995) as the Gatesman, starring Kevin Costner and in Joe's Apartment (1996) as the voice of a cockroach.
Among the television series in which he appeared are Mr. & Mrs. Dracula (1980), The Day Women Got Even (1980), The Carol Burnett Show (1991) and Stephen King's The Stand (1994). Having contracted HIV through heroin abuse, Aviles died on March 17, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, from complications of AIDS.

1 comment:

allajes said...

I know Rick he was my class mate in the 7th and 8th grade. we grew up across the street from Knickerbocker in the Alfred E. smith projects but different buildings. I use to run into Rick when he was doing his stints in Washington Square park and the park by 42nd st Libary. He was a really funny guy. I'm glade he left his mark in this world.