Luigi Pistilli

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Luigi Pistilli
Luigi Pistilli (Death Ridess a Horse).jpg
Pistilli in Death Rides a Horse (1967)
Born July 19, 1929
Grosseto, Italy
Died April 21, 1996(1996-04-21) (aged 66)
Milan, Italy
Occupation Actor

Luigi Pistilli (19 July 1929 – 21 April 1996) was an Italian actor of stage, screen, and television.[1]

At one time Luigi Pistilli was one of Italy's most respected actors of stage, screen, and television. In theater, was considered one of the country's finest interpreters of Bertolt Brecht's plays in The Threepenny Opera and St Joan of the Stockyards.[1] Pistilli studied acting at Milan's Piccolo Teatro, graduating in 1955.


Born in Grosseto, Pistilli studied acting at Milan's Piccolo Teatro, graduating in 1955. He never completely severed his ties with the theater and often returned to appear in plays directed by Giorgio Strehler. Pistilli made his feature film debut with an uncredited role in Dark Passage (1947).

He appeared in many spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) (as the priest brother of Eli Wallach's character Tuco) and in For a Few Dollars More (1965) as the cunning second-in-command Groggy (his first credited film role). He played the murderous Albert in the Mario Bava giallo Twitch of the Death Nerve in 1971. He had a regular role on the popular Italian television Mafia drama The Octopus. He also appeared as the main villain in Death Rides a Horse (1967).

After a role in the 1970 Charles Bronson thriller Cold Sweat, in 1972 he appeared in the giallo film Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key playing an alcoholic, and appeared as an exorcising priest in the 1974 cult horror film The Eerie Midnight Horror Show.

Pistilli committed suicide in his home in Milan just before he was scheduled to appear in the final performance of Terence Rattigan's Tosca April 21, 1996.[1] The program was panned by critics and audiences and that might have contributed to Pistilli's state of mind. However, according to his suicide note, Pistilli had suffered deep despair after making bitter public comments regarding the recent end of a four-year off-stage relationship with singer and actress Milva. In his note he apologized to her for the spiteful statements released in the published interview.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Luigi Pistilli". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Antonio Dipollina (23 April 1996). "' MI UCCIDO PERCHE' TI HO OFFESA'". La Repubblica. p. 24. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 

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