Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man, passed away at age 74.
Born in Warwickshire, England, Vitali began her career performing in a variety of television series in the early 1970s, including ”Z Cars,” ”The Fenn Street Gang,” and ”Notorious Woman.” Then, he did enter into a life-changing experience with the auteur, Stanley Kubrick, he had roles in 1975’s ”Barry Lydon,” in which he played Lord Bullingdon, and ”Eyes Wide Shut,” which also features a nod to Vitali in the form of a newspaper headline read by Tom Cruise’s lead character.
It was after his role in the former that Vitali struck up a friendship with Kubrick, and earned a “personal assistant to director” credit on his 1980 Stephen King adaptation of ”The Shining,” he went on a great search for casting Danny Lloyd for the role of Danny.
He was also the casting director for 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket,” which starred Matthew Modine, he also stayed on with Kubrick to work on the editing process as well as preserve his films.
“It is with the greatest of sadness that we have to tell you that the mainstay of a vast number of Kubrick’s films, Leon Vitali, passed away peacefully last night,” an official Kubrick-related Twitter account said. “Thoughts are with his family and all that new and loved him.”
I had a pleasure of talking to him for his documentary, “Filmworker.” Here’s the interview. May he Rest In Peace.
Here’s the trailer of the film.