‘Barry Lyndon’ Actor Was 74

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Before becoming director Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, best-known British actor Leon Vitali, who played Lord Brindon in “Barry Lyndon,” died Saturday. He is 74 years old.

Kubrick’s official social media confirmed Vitali’s death. There are no further details about Vitaly’s death.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we inform you that a mainstay of Kubrick’s voluminous films, Leon Vitali, passed away peacefully last night,” the account read in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family.”

A screen actor, Vitaly is best known for his performances in Kubrick-era black comedies. Vitali portrays the despised, grumpy stepson for Ryan O’Neal’s deadpan villain of the same name – the couple’s stubborn feud culminates in the story’s final confrontation.

While “Barry Lyndon” didn’t make Vitali a regular, it did allow the actor to develop a deep relationship with Kubrick, who made Vitali after principal photography was done. Supervise the editing process of the film. A few years later, Kubrick asked Vitali, now in his early 30s, to help him with his next project, The Shining in the 1980s. Vitaly was dubbed “the director’s personal assistant” in the landmark horror film.

Leon Vitali as Lord Brindon in ‘Barry Lyndon’
Warner Bros.

Vitali continued to work with Kubrick for the rest of the director’s life, serving as a casting director and assistant director on 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket” and 1999’s “Eyes Open.” Vitaly also portrayed the Red Mantle, the masked leader of the aristocratic carnival at the center of the latter film.

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