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Rick Aviles

Aviles as Wille Lopez in Ghost (1990)
Born Richard Anthony Aviles
October 14, 1952
New York, New York, U.S.
Died March 17, 1995 (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 who is best remembered for the role of Willie Lopez in the movie Ghost.


Early years

Aviles (birth name: Richard Anthony Aviles) was born in New York City. His grandmother moved 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 sibling and was very close with his family .They lived in Manhattan, New York City, 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 Aviles (actress and media producer) and Rod Reyes(comedian and chef) are also in the arts and entertainment fields.[1]


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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]


Film [4]
Year Film Role Notes
1981 The Cannonball Run Mad Dog
1984 Billions for Boris Hector
1987 Street Smart Solo
The Secret of My Succe$s Maintenance Man
1988 Mondo New York Comic in Park
Spike of Bensonhurst Bandana Alternative titles: The Mafia Kid
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
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Mr. and Mrs. Dracula Mario Unknown episodes
The Day the Women Got Even Pancho Diaz Television movie
1989 No Place Like Home J.J. Television movie
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

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