Aviles as Willie Lopez in Ghost (1990)
|Born||Richard Anthony Aviles
October 14, 1952
New York, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1995
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||AIDS|
|Occupation||Actor, Stand-up Comedian|
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.
In 1990, Aviles landed his most memorable role: Willie Lopez, killer of Patrick Swayze's Sam Wheat, in the film Ghost. The film was a smash hit at the box office and received multiple Oscar nominations. Along with Swayze, Aviles shared the screen with Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Tony Goldwyn. He also appeared 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; in Waterworld (1995) as the Gatesman, and in Joe's Apartment (1996) as the voice of a cockroach.
|1981||The Cannonball Run||Mad Dog|
|1984||Billions for Boris||Hector|
|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|
|The Godfather Part III||Mask #1|
|1993||The Saint of Fort Washington||Rosario|
|1996||Joe's Apartment||Cockroach||Voice only|
|1980||Mr. and Mrs. Dracula||Mario||Unknown episodes|
|The Day the Women Got Even||Pancho Diaz|
|1989||No Place Like Home||J.J.|
|The Carol Burnett Show||Skit characters||Unknown episodes|
|1993||Moon Over Miami||Frankie the Rat||1 episode|
|1994||The Stand||Rat man||Miniseries|
- New York Times; Movies and T.V.
- 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.