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Robert Pastorelli


Miami Vice Character
June 21, 1954, New Brunswick, New Jersey
March 8, 2004, Hollywood Hills, California (age 49, accidental drug overdose)

Robert Joseph Pastorelli (June 21, 1954 - March 8, 2004) was an American actor who appeared as Vespa, one of Alfredo Giulinni's goons in the episode "Down for the Count (Part II)" of the show Miami Vice.

His best known role was as Eldin Bernecky, the painter and nanny in the series Murphy Brown from 1988-1998.

Selected Filmography

  • Barney Miller (TV, 1982, first TV appearance)
  • Cagney and Lacey (TV, 1983, episode with John Diehl)
  • Hill Street Blues (TV, 1985)
  • Outrageous Fortune (1987, first movie appearance, with Anthony Heald)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, with Tom Bower, Paul Guilfoyle and Dean Stockwell]] )
  • Beauty and the Beast (TV, 1988, with Ron Perlman)
  • Dances With Wolves (1990)
  • Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993, with Brad Sullivan)
  • Hack (TV, 2003, final TV appearance)
  • Be Cool (2005, final movie appearance)


Pastorelli was found dead in his Hollywood Hills, California residence from an accidental heroin overdose on March 8, 2004. He was 49 years old. He has two daughters from two previous relationships; Gianna Li (with Charemon Jonovich, born 1998, Jonovich died in 1999 from an accidental shooting) and Giannina Marie (with Jalee Carder, who Pastorelli was with at time of his death).