Robert Pastorelli
American actor
Robert Pastorelli
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.
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Glenn Close, la eterna 'femme fatale' - Intereconomía
Google News - over 5 years
El actor de la serie Cheers, Woody Harrelson; el carpintero Stephen Beers, con quien llegó a comprometerse; o el también actor Robert Pastorelli son algunos de los nombres que engrosan su lista de conquistas que, de momento, tiene su fin en David Shaw,
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Mai dire sì – Indagini, divertimento e romanticismo - FoxTV Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Oltre alle grandi Doris Roberts (Tutti amano Raymond) nel ruolo di Mildred e Janet DeMay (I giorni della nostra vita) in quello di Bernice, hanno preso parte alla serie, fra gli altri, anche David Warner (Tron, Titanic), Robert Pastorelli (Balla coi
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Kevin Costner Movies List - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
The cast of the movie includes Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Robert Pastorelli and Michael Spears. "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" is an adventurous action movie that hit theaters in the early summer of 1991. "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" centers
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Danse avec les loups - Le Figaro
Google News - over 5 years
... Graham Greene (Oiseau bondissant), Rodney A Grant (Cheveux au vent), Floyd «Red Crow» Westerman (Dix ours), Tantoo Cardinal (Châle Noir), Robert Pastorelli (Timmons), Charles Rocket (Le lieutenant Elgin), Maury Chaykin (Le major Fambrough)
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DANSE AVEC LES LOUPS - France 3
Google News - almost 6 years
... Rodney A Grant (Cheveux au vent), Floyd «Red Crow» Westerman (Dix ours), Tantoo Cardinal (Châle Noir), Robert Pastorelli (Timmons), Charles Rocket (Le lieutenant Elgin), Maury Chaykin (Le major Fambrough), Maury Chaykin (Le major Fambrough)
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Lost in Translation: The Best British Crime Characters (Part One) - The Yorker
Google News - almost 6 years
... Fitz himself confesses 'I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I AM too much.' With the constraints of stricter broadcasting rules, and cutting a more respectable figure, Robert Pastorelli's Fitz in the Big Apple underwhelmed critics
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT; A Film Festival That's Unabashedly Local
NYTimes - almost 9 years
WHEN Gabrielle Berberich screened ''Greetings From the Shore,'' a film inspired by her last adolescent summer in Lavallette, to California audiences, one thing drove her crazy. ''People stood up and said, 'That was great, but where did you actually shoot it?' '' said Ms. Berberich, who was born in Warren County. The Californians, she explained,
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FILM REVIEW; Same Former Mobster, a New Rhythm
NYTimes - almost 12 years
In ''Be Cool,'' John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer, the reformed mobster he first played in Barry Sonnenfeld's 1995 glibly entertaining adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel ''Get Shorty.'' That movie arrived in theaters hot on the heels of ''Pulp Fiction,'' a film that in turn owed a serviceable debt to Mr. Leonard's oeuvre. But while ''Get
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Sticker Shock at Gas Pump and Oil Tank
NYTimes - over 12 years
ROBERT PASTORELLI of Dix Hills pulled his Lincoln up to the self-service island at the DJM Service Station in Deer Park, handed the clerk $25 and began pumping. ''I put in $40 every three days,'' he said. ''I'm always broke.'' Mr. Pastorelli noted that the price for premium gasoline had recently risen from $2.30 a gallon to $2.39. ''It was $2.45
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ARTS BRIEFING
NYTimes - almost 13 years
HIGHLIGHTS BRITNEY: PITCHING REALITY -- Taking a page from the playbook of her lipmate Madonna, Britney Spears is reported to be pitching a reality series that would track her and her dancers on the European leg of her steamy Onyx Hotel Tour. The proposed reality show, carrying the tentative title ''OnTourage,'' is described in a Reuters-Hollywood
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Robert Pastorelli, 49, Actor On 'Murphy Brown' TV Series
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Robert Pastorelli, who played the screwball house painter Eldin on ''Murphy Brown,'' was found dead on Monday in his Hollywood Hills home in what the coroner's office said may have been a drug overdose. He was 49. Lieut. Ed Winter of the coroner's office said Mr. Pastorelli's body was found by his assistant in a bathroom. An autopsy was planned.
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Where Sun Eclipses Stars
NYTimes - over 14 years
THE 6-foot-5 man quietly strode through the gates onto the 96th Street basketball court. He was in early middle age and was wearing white, from shirt down to sneakers, looking more like a country club member heading for a tennis game than a summer shore guy ready to play hoops. In fact, the well-toned fellow was a player in more ways than one, even
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TV WEEKEND; Noir Indeed Is the Night, So Very Dark and Stormy
NYTimes - about 15 years
Adam Goldberg's good-looking black-and-white movie ''Scotch and Milk'' knows its Sam Spade; its Mickey Spillane; its all-noir vocabulary, visual and verbal. The film begins with shots of big-city building exteriors, a taxi roof light, a cigarette in close-up. Mr. Goldberg's voice-over sets the mood, to say the least: ''There wasn't particularly
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Being Corny as Kansas Isn't So Simple Anymore
NYTimes - almost 16 years
In the 1958 movie version of ''South Pacific,'' Mitzi Gaynor's Nellie Forbush appears in a pair of very short shorts and a skimpy shirt. In ABC's new television version, called ''Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'South Pacific,' '' Glenn Close's Nellie wears military khakis, with long pants. Clothes don't make the Navy nurse, but they underscore the
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TV WEEKEND; Girl's-Eye View of Life in the Harsh West
NYTimes - about 16 years
''The Ballad of Lucy Whipple'' opens with the conventions of the western in place: grubby men drinking in a saloon, a brawl breaking out. But it quickly becomes apparent that a twist is imminent when a prim-looking woman and her three children appear at the entrance. The woman is played by Glenn Close, who also helped produce this television movie,
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TAKING THE CHILDREN; It's Only Sex (Sanitized), Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll
NYTimes - over 16 years
Almost Famous Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Philip Seymour Hoffman Directed by Cameron Crowe R 120 minutes ''You're not out there to join the party,'' a Rolling Stone editor tells the journalist William Miller (Mr. Fugit). ''We already have one Hunter Thompson.'' Having never
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FILM REVIEW; From Prawns to a Pawn, A Thief's Bumbling Journey
NYTimes - over 16 years
One of the running jokes (or what passes for a joke) in the numbingly incoherent comic action thriller ''Bait'' has to do with the distinction between prawns and shrimp. You see, when Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx), a paroled thief, and a partner are caught red-handed stealing $2,000 worth of prawns from a Brooklyn warehouse, everyone, including the
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TELEVISION/RADIO; It's Live, and It's Drama, but Is It Golden-Age?
NYTimes - almost 17 years
WHAT hath George Clooney wrought? Six weeks after Mr. Clooney used his star clout to get the drama ''Fail Safe'' broadcast live -- in black and white on national television -- entertainment-industry trade publications have already reported plans for two other live dramas. One is on CBS with Julie Andrews as the star; the other is on HBO with Glenn
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SIGNOFF; Murphy Brown's Final Scoop
NYTimes - almost 19 years
Of course, there are tears, on camera and off, and enough guest stars -- George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Bette Midler among them -- to snare a Top 10 finish for what is admittedly no longer a Top 10 series. ''I'm not sure we need all these cameos,'' said Candice Bergen about the 245th and last episode of ''Murphy Brown,'' which will be seen at
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Pastorelli
    FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    Pastorelli was found dead at his home in Hollywood Hills on March 8, 2004, from a self-administered heroin syringe overdose.
    More Details Hide Details His death occurred at the time when the authorities had re-opened an investigation into the March 1999 shooting of Charemon Jonovich after a review of the original evidence of the case had resulted in the cause of her death being re-designated a "homicide", with Pastorelli identified as a prime suspect. The authorities were planning on arresting him for further questioning, which he had been forewarned of. The Coroner's Office reported that Pastorelli died of "fatal blood concentration of morphine". Pastorelli's body was interred in the mausoleum at Saint Catherine's Cemetery in Sea Girt, New Jersey. Pastorelli had two daughters, Gianna Li Pastorelli (born February 6, 1998) with Charemon Jonovich (died 1999), and Giannina Marie Pastorelli (born March 6, 2000) with his then girlfriend, Jalee Carder.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    In 2002 he co-founded the Garden State Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details His posthumous final screen appearance was in the movie Be Cool (2005).
  • 2001
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he again appeared alongside her at London's Royal National Theatre in a performance of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 38
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Pastorelli was exonerated of responsibility for the death and received public expressions of sympathy within Hollywood and from the Los Angeles media, but his career went into noticeable decline afterwards. He appeared in two more cinema productions in small roles in the early 2000s as well as some minor supporting roles in television productions.
  • 1988
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Murphy Brown producer Diane English was sufficiently impressed with his abilities that she worked with him to produce his first starring vehicle, the television sitcom Double Rush which lasted one season in 1995. Two years later, he starred in the American adaptation of the British detective series Cracker (1997-1999).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 22
    He made his stage debut in 1977 in a production of Rebel Without a Cause.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in productions of The Rainmaker, and Death of a Salesman. Later in his career he performed at London's South Bank theater in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2002. In 1982 Pastorelli headed west to Los Angeles seeking opportunities in Hollywood. Spending the early 1980s employed in television bit-part appearances, he found a niche playing streetwise characters, appearing also in supporting roles in Outrageous Fortune (1987) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). His first substantial film role came with Dances with Wolves (1990).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 17
    Pastorelli was raised in Edison, New Jersey, and graduated from Edison High School in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details He initially intended a career as a professional boxer, but had to abandon the sport due to injuries sustained in a near-fatal high-speed car crash at the age of 19 (he later claimed that he had a "near death" experience at this time, and that he had experienced himself looking down from above upon his body in a hospital bed with his father at the bedside overcome with grief). Pastorelli acquired a narcotic habit in his early twenties prior to his acting career, which he overcame, but which he would relapse into throughout his later life. Pastorelli entered acting via New York City theater in the late 1970s, after studying at the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts and the Actors Studio, whilst financially maintaining himself working as a bar-tender.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on June 21, 1954.
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