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Robert Pastorelli



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
30% Be Cool
  • Joe Loop
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
2000
No Score Yet Heist
  • T-Bone
1999
30% Modern Vampires
  • The Count
1998
25% A Simple Wish
  • Oliver
1997
No Score Yet Cracker: First Love
  • Actor
1997
36% Michael
  • Huey Driscoll
1996
36% 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
14% Striking Distance
  • Det. Jimmy Detillo
1993
No Score Yet Sex, Shock and Censorship
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Paint Job
  • Willie
1993
71% FernGully - The Last Rainforest
  • Tony
1992
0% Folks!
  • Fred
1992
82% Dances With Wolves
  • Timmons
1990
No Score Yet Memories of Me
  • Al
1988
50% Outrageous Fortune
  • Dealer
1987
No Score Yet Hands of a Stranger
  • Handyman
1987
No Score Yet California Girls
  • Mechanic
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Tony Perotta Vick

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