Robert Pastorelli

Highest Rated: 82% Dances With Wolves (1990)
Lowest Rated: 0% Folks! (1992)
Birthday: Jun 21, 1954
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
A burly, but handsome, supporting player whose gruff exterior lent itself to tough characters with an underlying sentimentality, actor Robert Pastorelli overcame personal hardships to become a prominent fixture in both films and television. A New Jersey native and former boxer, his most challenging bout was a harrowing struggle with drug addiction. He later pursued a career in the New York theater, and initial stage roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Death of a Salesman led to an interest in films. He headed for Hollywood in 1982, and was a natural as rough-and-tumble characters on such popular TV shows as Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, and Newhart. In 1984, he made his movie debut with a small role in the made-for-TV feature I Married a Centerfold. Roles in Outrageous Fortune and Beverly Hills Cop II (both 1987) followed, and, in 1988, Pastorelli began a seven-year stint as Candice Bergen's housepainter on the popular sitcom Murphy Brown (for which he would earn an Emmy nomination). Two years later, he was cast in his most substantial big-screen role to date when he appeared as Kevin Costner's disheveled traveling companion in the epic Western Dances With Wolves, a performance which got Pastorelli more screen work in the '90s, including roles in such releases as Sister Act 2 (1993), Eraser (1996), and Michael (1996). In 1997 Pastorelli essayed a rare lead by taking the lead in the shortlived stateside adaptation of the popular UK mystery series Cracker. In later years, Pastorelli was increasingly active on the small screen with roles in such made-for-TV features as The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001), South Pacific (2001), and Women vs. Men (2002). He made a return to feature territory in 2004 with a supporting role in the eagerly anticipated Get Shorty sequel, Be Cool. Though Pastorelli's career had been experiencing a bit of a surge thanks to such projects as Be Cool, fans were dismayed when the actor was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home of a suspected drug overdose.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
30% Be Cool Joe Loop $55.6M 2005
No Score Yet Women vs. Men Nick 2002
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific Luther Billis 2001
No Score Yet Golden Dreams: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Clyde Claymore 2001
26% Bait Jaster $15M 2000
No Score Yet Heist T-Bone 1999
30% Modern Vampires The Count 1998
25% A Simple Wish Oliver 1997
38% Michael Huey Driscoll 1996
35% Eraser Johnny C 1996
No Score Yet I Married a Centerfold Guard 1996
No Score Yet The West Side Waltz Sookie Cerullo 1995
No Score Yet The Yarn Princess Jake Thomas 1994
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Joey Bustamente 1993
17% Striking Distance Det. Jimmy Detillo 1993
No Score Yet Sex, Shock and Censorship Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Paint Job Willie 1993
67% FernGully - The Last Rainforest Tony 1992
0% Folks! Fred 1992
82% Dances With Wolves Timmons 1990
No Score Yet Memories of Me Al 1988
46% Beverly Hills Cop II Vinnie 1987
50% Outrageous Fortune Dealer 1987
No Score Yet Hands of a Stranger Handyman 1987
No Score Yet California Girls Mechanic 1984

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Eldin Bernecky
  • 2019
  • 1998
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Joe
  • 2002
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Tony Perotta Vick
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Lorenzo
  • 1987
No Score Yet Too Close for Comfort
1980-1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Biker
  • 1986
  • 1985

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