1. Rick Aviles was an American stand-up comedian and actor of Puerto Rican descent, best remembered for portraying the villainous Willie Lopez in the film Ghost.
2. In the 1970s and 1980s, Aviles worked as a stand-up comedian on the Greenwich Village night-club circuit in New York.
3. In 1981, he landed the role of Mad Dog in the film The Cannonball Run.
4. In 1987, Aviles landed a small part as the maintenance man in the film The Secret of My Success, starring Michael J. Fox.
5. The film was a smash hit at the box office and received multiple Oscar nominations.
6. Along with Swayze, Aviles shared the screen with Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Tony Goldwyn.
7. Among the television series in which he appeared are Mr. & Mrs. Dracula .
8. Having contracted HIV through heroin abuse, Aviles died on March 17, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, from complications of AIDS.