Remembering Peter Pastorelli

Peter Pastorelli — the longtime, well-known and much-loved Westporter — died earlier this month, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

A celebration of his life is set for this Saturday (June 25), 12 p.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club. The public is invited to attend.

Peter Pastorelli, in one of his favorite rides.

Peter Pastorelli, in one of his favorite rides.

Friends, fans and family members will recall the life and laughter (and great parties) of the movie and TV location and production manager. His credits include “American Psycho,” “Fame,” “Midnight Run” and many more. He won a Directors Guild of America Award, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

Peter was a lifelong Westporter. He attended the University of Bridgeport, and worked at the Post Road post office that his grandfather — postmaster John Murphy — opened in 1936.

He worked for his father, Fran, at Village Painters of Westport, and at Ship’s Lantern on the Post Road, before bartending at Chumley’s in Greenwich Village. That’s where he cultivated his artistic skills, and discovered the TV and film business.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Peter Pastorelli and Gregory Hines.

Peter Pastorelli and Gregory Hines.

Peter Pastorelli with Jim Belushi.

Peter Pastorelli with Jim Belushi.

7 responses to “Remembering Peter Pastorelli

  1. Sharon Paulsen

    Wow, the Pastorelli name is so familiar, but I can’t quite place it with a face or specific time in my memory at the moment. Maybe a colleague/friend/patron of my former employer, Mickey Herbst, from the downtown Quick Copy days of the 1990’s? Not certain.

    Regardless, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, and friends. So many losses these days. It’s very difficult.

  2. A VIPs VIP, Someone like him is bound to be in good company wherever he goes 😉 A life like that never goes on long enough, but knowing how well he lived it, we hope quickly gives his family peace of mind and heart now.

  3. Michael Calise

    Peter was a wonderful person who let you know the moment he saw you that you were the most important person in his presence. My thoughts and prayers are with his family

  4. Wally Meyer

    Several Sundays ago I received a call at noon asking if I could preside at a wedding at 4 o’clock that afternoon. The woman that called was a Justice of the Peace and had taken a bad fall that morning. I of course said yes and then she said there is a slight wrinkle. The couple had been divorced years ago and the man wanted to get remarried. That man was Peter Pastorelli. Peter was in great pain through the ceremony, but he was smiling. He had remade a part of his life and he was pleased that my fee was simply a check to the Susan Fund.
    I left that day in tears.

  5. Louis Gagliano

    The only man I know who did the NY Times crossword puzzle with a fountain pen! I saw him do this often at Starbucks on the Post Road in Westport.

    His sense of humor and kindness to those who knew him and for that matter just walked up and began a conversation is what made him special.

    Lou Gagliano from Washington DC

  6. Megan Johnson

    Peter was a terrific person. I met him in the last few years and he hinted at his prior film experience but never bragged or went into details. He was very kind–even humble. He was very supportive of budding actors in the community.