Robert Pastorelli

Biography: Known for playing streetwise, savvy and ballsy characters, Robert Pastorelli was an accomplished film, TV and stage actor perhaps best known for the role of house painter Eldin on Murphy Brown.

Pastorelli was a former boxer, which added to the tough-guy persona of many of his characters. His break-out film role came in 1990 when he appeared in Dances With Wolves, and he also could be seen in Eraser, Michael, and Be Cool.

Pastorelli is perhaps most famous and most widely remembered for his seven seasons on Murphy Brown as Eldin, the house painter who was always ready to lend an ear and advice to Candace Bergen. The role earned Pastorelli a 1995 Emmy nomination, and paved the way for him to star in his own short-lived sitcom, Double Rush. Pastorelli got to return to his theatre roots later in his career. He appeared alongside Glenn Close in the made-for-TV adaptation of South Pacific and co-starred with her in London onstage in A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1998, he starred
in the US version of the British crime drama Cracker, assuming the role created by Robert Coltrane.

Sadly, drug use dogged Pastorelli throughout his life, and he died of a heroin overdose on March 8, 2004.

Robert Pastorelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 48
Highest Metascore: 72 Dances with Wolves
Lowest Metascore: 37 Be Cool
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
5 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
37 Be Cool Mar 4, 2005 Joe Loop 4.4
39 Bait Sep 15, 2000 Jaster 7.5
38 Michael Dec 25, 1996 Huey Driscoll 6.2
56 Eraser Jun 21, 1996 Johnny Casteleone 7.0
72 Dances with Wolves Nov 9, 1990 Timmons 8.5