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Robert Pastorelli (1954–2004)

Beefy, roughhewn actor Robert Pastorelli was a former boxer and an admitted drug addict before he cleaned up his act and pursued theater work in New York in such 1970s productions as "Rebel Without a Cause," "The Rainmaker," and "Death of a Salesman," he headed west and turned to film and TV in 1982, soon finding a fairly comfortable niche playing ... See full bio »

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Dances with Wolves
Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown Eldin Bernecky
Eraser Johnny Casteleone
Be Cool
Be Cool Joe Loop


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 2005 Be Cool
Joe Loop
 2003 Hack (TV Series)
Lewis Bernard
- Blind Faith (2003) ... Lewis Bernard
 2003 Partners and Crime (TV Movie)
 2002 Women vs. Men (TV Movie)
 2001 South Pacific (TV Movie)
Luther Billis
 2000 Bait
 1998 Heist
 1998 Modern Vampires (TV Movie)
The Count
 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Sgt. Louie
- Mother Goose (1997) ... Sgt. Louie (voice)
 1997 A Simple Wish
 1995 The West Side Waltz (TV Movie)
Sookie Cerullo
 1994 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
- Riddler's Reform (1994) ... Manny (voice)
 1994 The Yarn Princess (TV Movie)
Jake Thomas
 1993 Harmful Intent (TV Movie)
Devlin O'Shea
 1993 The Paint Job
 1993 Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's (TV Movie)
Jesus (segment "The Last Supper")
 1992 Folks!
 1988 Lady Mobster (TV Movie)
Matteo Villani
 1988 Memories of Me
Al (Broccoli)
 1987-1988 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Vick Ramos / Tony Perotta
- Everything Is Everything (1988) ... Vick Ramos
- An Impossible Silence (1987) ... Tony Perotta
 1988 My Sister Sam (TV Series)
Robert Celli
- It's My Party and I'll Kill If I Want To (1988) ... Robert Celli
 1987 Night Court (TV Series)
Lorenzo Amador
- Let It Snow (1987) ... Lorenzo Amador
 1987 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
Louie The Lip Birdsall
- Rappaport's Back in Town (1987) ... Louie The Lip Birdsall
 1987 Private Eye (TV Series)
- Blue Movie (1987) ... Villanova
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Vinnie Vingo
- Sons of Gunz (1987) ... Vinnie Vingo
 1987 The Spirit (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1987 Hands of a Stranger (TV Movie)
 1987 MacGyver (TV Series)
- Out in the Cold (1987) ... Arnie
 1987 Outrageous Fortune
Dealer #2
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
- Down for the Count: Part 2 (1987) ... Vespa
 1986 Throb (TV Series)
The Host
- Bus of Dreams (1986) ... The Host
 1986 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Vic Paradise
- Monroe's Critical Condition (1986) ... Vic Paradise
 1985-1986 Mary (TV Series)
Mr. Yummy
- Beans (1986) ... Mr. Yummy
- Chicago Hi-Lo (1985) ... Mr. Yummy
 1983-1985 Newhart (TV Series)
Biker / Prisoner
- Still the Beavers (1985) ... Biker
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Juarez's Henchman
- There Goes the Neighborhood (1985) ... Juarez's Henchman
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Man (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
- Dead Woman's Shoes/Wong's Lost and Found Emporium (1985) ... Man (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
 1983-1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Bobby Stellin / Jimmy Frumento
- Fathers and Huns (1985) ... Bobby Stellin
- A Hill of Beans (1983) ... Jimmy Frumento
 1985 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
- Episode #1.238 (1985) ... Cabbie
 1985 Braker (TV Movie)
Forensics Specialist
 1985 California Girls (TV Movie)
 1985 Berrenger's (TV Series)
- Hidden Agenda (1985) ... Bernie
 1985 Hunter (TV Series)
Willie Wakefield
- The Avenging Angel (1985) ... Willie Wakefield
 1985 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
- Almost Foolproof (1985) ... Ken
 1984 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
2nd Rapist - Dancer
- The Confession (1984) ... 2nd Rapist - Dancer
 1984 I Married a Centerfold (TV Movie)
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
- Custom K.I.T.T. (1983) ... Leroy
 1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
- The Black Widow (1983) ... Adler
 1983 Tucker's Witch (TV Series)
- Murder Is the Key (1983) ... Stanley
 1983 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Danny Christiano
- Graveyard (1983) ... Danny Christiano
 1982-1983 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Rosen / Cop #2
- Beauty Burglars (1982) ... Cop #2
 1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Edward Guthrie
- Altercation (1982) ... Edward Guthrie
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He acted in Tennessee Williams' play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," in a Royal National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Glenn Close, Iain Glen, and Essie Davis in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director. See more »

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5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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Personal Quote:

You do a show and go home and don't realize the impact you're having. Then one day you're returning Christmas presents at a mall in New Jersey and you hear people behind you talking. You think, 'Oh, yeah. I do that TV thing. Yeah.'


His drug overdose death occurred at the time the authorities were in the stages of reopening the investigation into the shooting 1999 death of his girlfriend. Pastorelli was not a suspect, but a "person of interest". The case, initially ruled an accident or suicide, was subsequently closed after his death. See more »



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