Alfred Leon Vitali, an English actor who lived from July 26, 1948, to August 19, 2022, was most known for his work with Stanley Kubrick as the director's personal assistant and as an actor, most notably for the role of Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon.
Leon Vitali Early Life And Career
As he grew older, Vitali developed a passion for theatre and made the decision to enroll in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after receiving a brochure from his English teacher.
Early in the 1970s, Vitali appeared in several TV shows as a guest star, including Softly, Softly, Follyfoot, Roads to Freedom, Z Cars, Public Eye, The Fenn Street Gang, and Notorious Woman.
In 1973, he appeared in two films for the first time: the television picture Catholics and the Italian Super Bitch, both directed by Massimo Dallamano, who had previously worked as a cameraman on the first two installments of Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy.
Stanley Kubrick and Vitali first crossed paths in 1974, and they remained colleagues for the remainder of Kubrick's career. In the film Barry Lyndon, Vitali portrayed the stepson of the titular character, Lord Bullingdon.
Stanley Kubrick's Right-hand Man, Actor Leon Vitali, Passes Away at Age 74
The “Barry Lyndon” actor Leon Vitali, who was one of Stanley Kubrick's closest friends, passed away. He was 74.
His family informed the Associated Press on Sunday that Vitali passed away on Friday in Los Angeles. He passed away quietly in the company of his three children, Masha, Max, and Vera.
In a statement given by Masha Vitali, Leon's children said, “Leon was a special and charming man driven by his curiosity, who transmitted love and warmth wherever he went.” The many lives he touched will mourn him dearly and remember him with fondness.
Leon Vitali Personal Life
Leon Vitali studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before beginning his acting career shortly after.
Several television shows, including Softly, Follyfoot, Roads to Freedom, Z Cars, Public Eye, The Fenn Street Gang, Notorious Woman, and many others had Vitali as a guest star in the early 1970s.
He also dabbled in acting, making his screen debut in 1973 in the Italian movie Super Bitch. Massimo Dallamano directed the motion picture.
He played Lord Bullington in the movie, which changed the course of his career. He asked the director if he could watch the editing process once the film's shooting was complete, and Kubrick agreed.
— Jérôme Godefroy (@jeromegodefroy) February 11, 2017
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August 20, 2022
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74 Years (1948–2022)