Robert Pastorelli

Born Jun 21, 1954

Robert Joseph Pastorelli was an American actor. He had many roles on TV, in movies, and on the stage, including the seven years he played the portly painter Eldin Bernecky on the television series Murphy Brown. His last role was as an oddball hit man in Be Cool, reuniting him with Michael star John Travolta. Pastorelli died of a heroin overdose in 2004.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on June 21, 1954.


1972 18 Years Old Pastorelli was raised in Edison, New Jersey, and graduated from Edison High School in 1972. … Read More


1977 23 Years Old He made his stage debut in 1977 in a production of Rebel Without a Cause. … Read More


1988 34 Years Old His big break in television came in the role of the gruff but lovable house painter "Eldin Bernecky" on the series Murphy Brown, and he stayed with the show for seven seasons from 1988 to 1994. … Read More
1993 39 Years Old As his television career gained momentum Pastorelli's opportunities in cinema films increased: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993); a career defining performance playing a demented serial killer in the 1993 murder mystery thriller Striking Distance, although the movie was not a commercial success; Eraser (1996), Michael (1996), and Modern Vampires (1998). … Read More


2001 47 Years Old He developed a friendship with the actress Glenn Close towards the end of his career and appeared alongside her in the television films The Ballad of Lucy Whipple and South Pacific in 2001. … Read More
2002 48 Years Old In 2002 he co-founded the Garden State Film Festival. … Read More


2004 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Pastorelli was found dead at his home in Hollywood Hills on March 8, 2004, from a self-administered heroin syringe overdose. … Read More
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