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Robert Pastorelli

Robert Pastorelli was heading for career as a professional boxer when a serious car accident made him re-think his goals and enter acting. He started on stage in the 1970s playing off-Broadway in such shows as Death of a Salesman, Bus Stop, The Rainmaker, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, before heading west to try television.

From 1988-1995, Pastorelli played his star-making role as Eldin Bernecky, Candace Bergen's ever-present housepainter and hip confidante on the hit CBS series Murphy Brown.

Although he had earlier roles opposite Bette Midler and Shelley Long in Outrageous Fortune and Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop II, Pastorelli's breakthrough film role was that of an eccentric frontiersman opposite Kevin Costner in 1990's Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves.

With Murphy Brown and Dances With Wolves came more visible roles: playing Whoopi Goldberg's manager in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and co-starring as a former victim of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser. In 1996, Robert starred as a reporter trying to disprove John Travolta's angelic credentials in the hit Nora Ephron film Michael.

In 2001 Pastorelli played the salty role of Luther Billis in the TV remake of South Pacific with Glenn Close. He once again played opposite Close as Mitch on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2002, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Pastorelli died last year on March 8, 2004, at the age of 49.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Robert Pastorelli Facts

BirthdayJune 21, 1954
BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Date of deathMarch 8, 2004 (age 49)

Selected Filmography

True Romance: Part 1
Out in the Cold
Dances With Wolves
Be Cool
Family Favorites: 10-Movie Collection
A Simple Wish
Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit
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