Leon Vitali, an actor and film professional who was a close confidante to iconic director Stanley Kubrick, has died at the age of 74.The English actor
Leon Vitali, an actor and film professional who was a close confidante to iconic director Stanley Kubrick, has died at the age of 74.
‘Leon was a special and lovely man driven by his curiosity, who spread love and warmth wherever he went,’ his family said in a statement. ‘He will be remembered with love and be hugely missed by the many people he touched.’
The latest: Leon Vitali, an actor and film professional who was a close confidante to iconic director Stanley Kubrick, has died at the age of 74. He was snapped at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2019
Vitali’s creative contributions were showcased in Filmworker, a 2017 documentary that chronicled his work as a casting director and acting coach among other on-set jobs working alongside the famed filmmaker for decades.
Vitali had worked with Kubrick (who died at 70 in 1999) on films including 1975’s Barry Lyndon, 1980’s The Shining, 1987’s Full Metal Jacket and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut.
Full Metal Jacket actor Matthew Modine took to Twitter Sunday to pay tribute to Vitali. He wrote: ‘There are people we meet who have a profound impact upon our lives. Leon Vitali was one such person in mine.
‘An artist in every aspect of his life. A loving father & friend to so many. A kind, generous & forgiving nature. He exemplified & personified grace.’
Vitali’s creative contributions were showcased in Filmworker, a 2017 doc that chronicled his work as a casting director and acting coach working alongside Kubrick (R) for decades
Vitali had worked with Kubrick on films including 1975’s Barry Lyndon, 1980’s The Shining, 1987’s Full Metal Jacket and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut
Vitali died in Los Angeles on Friday surrounded by relatives including his three children, Masha, Max and Vera, his family said
Director Lee Unkrich tweeted that he was ‘completely heartbroken to hear about the passing of Leon Vitali,’ adding, ‘He helped me *enormously* with my Shining book and I’m gutted that he won’t see it. He was a sweet, kind, humble, generous man and a vital part of Stanley Kubrick’s team. RIP, dear Leon.’
A series of messages from Kubrick’s Twitter account were posted in the wake of Vitali’s passing.
‘It is with the greatest of sadness that we have to tell you that the mainstay of a vast number of Kubrick’s films, Leon Vitali, passed away peacefully last night,’ a tweet from the account read. ‘Our thoughts are with his family and all that knew and loved him. 26 July 1948 – 20 August 2022.’
Another read: ‘Whether giving the performance of his life as Lord Bullingdon, portraying the ominous Red Cloak, providing BTS technical support on FMJ and attending the Cannes Film Festival 4K release of The Shining, Leon Vitali was the heartbeat of Kubrick’s films after the master himself.’
Prior to crossing paths with Kubrick, Vitali was a student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and subsequently worked as an actor in his native England on numerous TV shows, including Softly Softly: Task Force, Follyfoot, Z Cars and Notorious Woman.
Vitali was snapped at a 2018 film premiere in LA
Collaborators including Matthew Modine and Lee Unkrich paid tribute to the late artist
He worked under Kubrick in the 1975 war drama Barry Lyndon, playing the role of Lord Bullingdon, who was the son-in-law of Ryan O’Neal’s titular character.
After working with the director, he decided to make a career change from acting to becoming Kubrick’s personal assistant.
‘I made one truly, truly radical change in my life and that was when I said, “I’m more interested in that’ than I was in the acting,”‘ Vitali told the AP in 2017. ‘That’s the biggest conscious decision I’ve ever made. There were some sacrifices, but there were gains too.’
Vitali presided over restoring a number of Kubrick’s motion pictures following the filmmaker’s 1999 death, and was awarded by the Cinema Audio Society for his efforts.
Vitali had also worked with director Todd Field on movies including 2001’s In the Bedroom and 2006’s Little Children.
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