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March 10, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Robert Pastorelli, an actor best remembered for his six-year run as Eldin, the eccentric, ever-present painter on television's popular comedy "Murphy Brown," has died. He was 49. Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Lt. Ed Winter said Tuesday that a personal assistant found Pastorelli's body Monday afternoon in a bathroom of his Hollyridge Drive home. Winter called it "a possible accidental death" but said that drug paraphernalia were found and that an autopsy would be conducted.
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April 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Murphy Brown" actor Robert Pastorelli, found dead last month in a bathroom at his Hollywood Hills home, died of a heroin overdose, the coroner's office said Monday. A syringe, a spoon and a plastic bag with white powder were discovered, Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman David Campbell said. The 49-year-old actor played Eldin, a housepainter with artistic vision, on the Candice Bergen series. From Associated Press
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April 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Murphy Brown" actor Robert Pastorelli, found dead last month in a bathroom at his Hollywood Hills home, died of a heroin overdose, the coroner's office said Monday. A syringe, a spoon and a plastic bag with white powder were discovered, Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman David Campbell said. The 49-year-old actor played Eldin, a housepainter with artistic vision, on the Candice Bergen series. From Associated Press
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Robert Pastorelli, an actor best remembered for his six-year run as Eldin, the eccentric, ever-present painter on television's popular comedy "Murphy Brown," has died. He was 49. Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Lt. Ed Winter said Tuesday that a personal assistant found Pastorelli's body Monday afternoon in a bathroom of his Hollyridge Drive home. Winter called it "a possible accidental death" but said that drug paraphernalia were found and that an autopsy would be conducted.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1993
Jean Smart, formerly of "Designing Women," and Robert Pastorelli, a co-star on "Murphy Brown," are paired as wife and husband in "The Yarn Princess," a TV movie for ABC next season. The film focuses on the wife's efforts to keep her family together after her husband is incapacitated by illness. She gets help from a social worker played by Giuliana Santini, formerly of "Homefront," and Dennis Boutsikaris, formerly of "The Jackie Thomas Show."
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September 21, 1997 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Robert Pastorelli is anxious over the fact that his new series, "Cracker," has the unenviable time slot opposite the top-rated comedy "Seinfeld," he certainly isn't letting on. "I don't even think about that stuff," he says matter-of-factly about the Nielsen ratings. "I let the guys in the suits sweat about that stuff. If we do good, we do good. If we don't, then onto the next thing. That's all."
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August 3, 2002 | MARK SACHS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been said that there's nothing more ridiculous than someone else's love affair, and Sunday at 10 p.m., you'll actually get two perfect examples in the Showtime original movie "Women vs. Men." Oh, it's original all right. From the improbable premise through virtually every oddball plot point along the way, this film feels like a 90-minute sitcom sketch as conceived by David Lynch. Yet what's perhaps strangest of all is that the savvy cast makes it all weirdly compelling.
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September 17, 1993 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Striking Distance" (citywide) opens and closes with a pair of jolting high-speed chases, the first over Pittsburgh streets, the second over the rivers that encircle the city's center. In between is a lively mystery thriller that hurtles past plot contrivances and unintended laughs to deliver the goods as a satisfying escapist diversion.
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November 23, 1995 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The West Side Waltz," airing tonight under the new "CBS Playhouse '90s" banner, is unblushingly contrived, with a scant plot and barely discernible dramatic tension. But if believability wafts away on gossamer wings, the performers amuse. Headed by Shirley MacLaine and two other Oscar winners--Liza Minnelli and Kathy Bates--plus Jennifer Grey, Robert Pastorelli and a comic gaggle of veteran character actors, these pros may be covering old ground, but they're fun to watch.
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February 17, 2001 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In movies with Jena Malone, the least one can expect is a persuasive performance. And that's just what you get Sunday evening from the talented young actress ("Bastard Out of Carolina," "Stepmom") in her latest entry, a CBS frontier drama titled "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple." She plays California, the bright, book-loving 13-year-old daughter of Glenn Close's Arvella Whipple, a rigid Massachusetts widow running a boardinghouse in Lucky Diggins, a dusty mining town, circa 1850.
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September 21, 1997 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Robert Pastorelli is anxious over the fact that his new series, "Cracker," has the unenviable time slot opposite the top-rated comedy "Seinfeld," he certainly isn't letting on. "I don't even think about that stuff," he says matter-of-factly about the Nielsen ratings. "I let the guys in the suits sweat about that stuff. If we do good, we do good. If we don't, then onto the next thing. That's all."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1993
Jean Smart, formerly of "Designing Women," and Robert Pastorelli, a co-star on "Murphy Brown," are paired as wife and husband in "The Yarn Princess," a TV movie for ABC next season. The film focuses on the wife's efforts to keep her family together after her husband is incapacitated by illness. She gets help from a social worker played by Giuliana Santini, formerly of "Homefront," and Dennis Boutsikaris, formerly of "The Jackie Thomas Show."
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December 6, 1994 | DANIEL HOWARD CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS, last season's top-rated network, confirmed Monday that it will add three new comedy series and relocate eight established ones next month in a sweeping prime-time schedule overhaul designed to keep pace with this season's ratings leader, ABC. On Mondays, "Cybill" will replace creator Diane English's "Love & War" at 9:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 2.
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December 30, 1989 | SUSAN KING
When he was a struggling actor in New York, Robert Pastorelli was so poor he lived in his 1966 Dodge. But now, thanks to his scene-stealing role as Eldin Bernecky, Candice Bergen's house painter on the CBS comedy hit "Murphy Brown," he has earned enough to buy a house and restore his 1961 Cadillac. According to the New Jersey native, though, fame can sometimes be a pain. "Money doesn't give you peace of mind," he explains. "When you didn't have much money, you didn't worry about much."
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