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Leon Vitali, 'Barry Lyndon' actor and Stanley Kubrick's personal assistant, dies at 74

Leon Vitali , starring in Eye-opening and

Barry Lyndon is turning his career focus from acting to Stanley Kubrick former personal assistant, who has passed away. he is74.

Details of Vitali’s death were not immediately available, but Kubrick’s official social media confirmed it.

“These announcements are by no means easy, but this news hit us especially hard this morning,” Kubrick wrote on Instagram. “It is with great sadness that we inform you that a talented and loyal mainstay of Kubrick’s many films, Leon Vitali, passed away peacefully last night.”

the post continued: “Our hearts go out to his family and all who knew and loved him. We will pay tribute to Leon throughout the day in his memory.”

Vitali is probably best known on the big screen for his roles in Kubrick Barry Lyndon in the role of Lord Blington, in which he plays the protagonist’s stepson. But after developing a close bond with Kubrick on set, the actor decided to change his career path and become the director’s personal assistant.

During production After Barry Lyndon ended, Vitali asked Kubrick if he could continue Watch the editing process without getting paid. Kubrick agreed. Years later, the director sent him a copy of The Shining and asked him if he wanted to be a part of the film, in which Vitaly was referred to as a “personal assistant director” .”

The two then collaborated with a full metal casing , with Vitaly serving as the casting director and assistant director, And eye-opening, he has the same credits and takes on the role of the red cape.

After Kubrick passed away at 2013, Vitali continued his commitment to the restoration by overseeing the restoration. Director’s Dedication Most of his films contain visual and sound elements.

In 2017, Tony Zierra’s Documentary Filmmaker , which premiered at Cannes, details Vitali’s career path over the decades from actor to his key behind-the-scenes role as Kubrick’s personal assistant. The film, nominated for L’Œil d’or at the French Film Festival, showcases unknown photos, videos, letters, notebooks and memos of the two of them.

Vitaly studied at the London School of Music and Dramatic Arts and starred in many TV dramas in his early years 1970s, like Softly, Softly, Follyfoot, Roads to Freedom, Z Cars, Public Eye, The Fenn Street Gang and The Notorious Woman .

His feature film debut came shortly before he met Kubrick with Massimo Dallamano Super Bitch collaboration, followed by a TV movie Catholics in which Vitali starred alongside Martin Sheen and Michael Gambon. Most recently, Vitaly played the Apothecary in 2013’s Romeo and Juliet.

Vitaly is left behind by his wife, Sharon Messer, and his three children, Vera, Max and Martha.




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