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Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man, Passed Away at Age 74

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.

Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of while continuing his work for Japan.


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