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Luigi Pistilli

Luigi Pistilli (Grosseto, Italy, July 19, 1929 – Italy, April 21, 1996) was an Italian theater, film and television actor.

Luigi_Pistilli’s Biography

Pistilli devoted himself from a very young age to dramatic acting, first in theater, then turning to film. He studied acting in Milan, at the Teatro Piccolo, graduating in 1955.



Pistilli made his debut in the cinema with an uncredited role in 1947. He appeared in many spaghetti westerns such as: The Good, the Ugly and the Bad (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966) with Clint Eastwood, playing the brother priest of Tuco, played by Eli Wallach; Death had a price (For a Few Dollars More, 1965), with Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, in which he was one of the members of the band of El Indio, played by Gian Maria Volonté. He also appeared as the main villain in From Man to Man (Death Rides a Horse, 1967), in which he again meets Lee Van Cleef. He acted as the killer Alberto in the film Mario Bava Blood Bay in 1971 and in other giallos or Italian thrillers.


In 1968 he made the series Il grande silenzio and Tartarino sulle Alpi.

In 1970 he made a chapter of the Italian miniseries Processi a porte aperte. Two years later he played the role of Sebastian Sandy in the unitary La donna di picche.

In 1973 he participated in I tre camerati. And a year later in Dedicato a coppia and Il giovane Garibaldi.

In 1978 he starred Doppia indagine and Sam et Sally.

In 1979 he played Luigi Ganna in Luigi Ganna detective. Also in that year he was at L’affaire Stavisky.

In 1981 he worked at George Sand and at Storia di Anna.

In 1986 he acted in Attentato al Papa and in 1990 in La piovra 5 – Il cuore of the problem in the character of Baron Giovanni Linori.

He had a regular role in the popular Italian television drama about the mafia called The Octopus.


In the theater, he was considered one of the best interpreters in the country by Bertolt Brecht in The Three-Penny Opera and San Joan of the Stockyards. He never cut ties with the theater and often reappeared in plays directed by Giorgio Strehler.


Pistilli committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Milan, just before appearing at the final premiere of Terence Rattigan’s in Tosca at the National Theater on April 21, 1996. His last show had been severely criticized by critics and the audiences and this apparently sank the actor into a deep depression. According to his suicide note, he had suffered the deepest despair, even after making some public comments about the recent culmination with his partner for four years, the actress and singer Milva, also the feeling of loneliness asphyxiated him deeply. Within hours of performing his theatrical role, the actor took a bottle of barbiturates and then with a handkerchief he built a loop and hung it in his closet in the historic center of the city. He was 66 years old.

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