Rick Aviles

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Rick Aviles
Rick Aviles.jpg
Aviles as Willie Lopez in Ghost (1990)
Born Richard Anthony Aviles
October 14, 1952
New York, New York, U.S.
Died March 17, 1995(1995-03-17) (aged 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Rick Aviles (October 14, 1952 – March 17, 1995) was an American stand-up comedian and actor of Puerto Rican descent who is best remembered for the role of Willie Lopez in the film Ghost.

Career

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 film The 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 film 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.[1]

In 1990, Aviles landed his most memorable role. He was cast as Willie Lopez, Sam Wheat's killer, in the film Ghost. The film 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 Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train (1989) as Will Robinson; Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III (1990) as Mask #1; Brian De Palma'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.[1]

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).

Death

Having contracted HIV through heroin abuse, Aviles died on March 17, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, from complications of AIDS.[2]

Filmography

Film[3]
Year Film Role Notes
1981 The Cannonball Run Mad Dog
1984 Billions for Boris Hector
1987 Street Smart Solo
The Secret of My Success Maintenance man
1988 Mondo New York Comic in park
Spike of Bensonhurst Bandana Alternative titles: The Mafia Kid or Throwback!
1989 Mystery Train Will Robinson Segment: "Lost in Space"
Identity Crisis El Toro
1990 Ghost Willie Lopez
The Godfather Part III Mask #1
Green Card Vincent
1993 The Saint of Fort Washington Rosario
Carlito's Way Quisqueya
1995 Waterworld Gatesman
1996 Joe's Apartment Cockroach Voice only
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Mr. and Mrs. Dracula Mario Unknown episodes
The Day the Women Got Even Pancho Diaz
1989 No Place Like Home J.J.
1991 Monsters 1 episode
The Carol Burnett Show Skit characters Unknown episodes
1993 Moon Over Miami Frankie the Rat 1 episode
1994 The Stand Rat man Miniseries

See also


References

  1. ^ a b New York Times; Movies and T.V.
  2. ^ Tucker, Hannah (2006-06-09). "25 years of AIDS in Hollywood -- We remember the lost stars of movies, TV and art". Entertainment Weekly. p. 2. Retrieved 2006-07-29. 
  3. ^ Filmography

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