Rick Aviles

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Rick Aviles
Rick Aviles.jpg
Aviles as Willie Lopez in Ghost (1990)
BornRichard Anthony Aviles
October 14, 1952
New York, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 1995(1995-03-17) (aged 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, Stand-up Comedian
 
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Rick Aviles
Rick Aviles.jpg
Aviles as Willie Lopez in Ghost (1990)
BornRichard Anthony Aviles
October 14, 1952
New York, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 1995(1995-03-17) (aged 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, 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]
YearFilmRoleNotes
1981The Cannonball RunMad Dog
1984Billions for BorisHector
1987Street SmartSolo
The Secret of My SuccessMaintenance man
1988Mondo New YorkComic in park
Spike of BensonhurstBandanaAlternative titles: The Mafia Kid or Throwback!
1989Mystery TrainWill RobinsonSegment: "Lost in Space"
Identity CrisisEl Toro
1990GhostWillie Lopez
The Godfather Part IIIMask #1
Green CardVincent
1993The Saint of Fort WashingtonRosario
Carlito's WayQuisqueya
1995WaterworldGatesman
1996Joe's ApartmentCockroachVoice only
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1980Mr. and Mrs. DraculaMarioUnknown episodes
The Day the Women Got EvenPancho Diaz
1989No Place Like HomeJ.J.
1991Monsters1 episode
The Carol Burnett ShowSkit charactersUnknown episodes
1993Moon Over MiamiFrankie the Rat1 episode
1994The StandRat manMiniseries

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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