Lou Castel (born Ulv Quarzell; 28 May 1943) is an Italian-Colombian-Swedish character actor who became known through his work in Italian films, most notably for his starring role in Damiano Damiani's A Bullet for the General (1967).
28 May 1943
|Years active||1963 - Present|
Life and careerEdit
When Castel was 6, his parents separated. He followed his mother to Europe and went to school in London, then in Stockholm. He subsequently went to live in Rome where his mother was working in the local film industry. A militant communist, Castel's mother also introduced her son to politics.
Interested in acting from an early age, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, but was quickly kicked out. His first movie role was an uncredited extra in The Leopard (1963). Two years later, he gained international fame for his performance in Fists in the Pocket, in which he played the epileptic Alessandro, who murders his mother and his brother. His career in Italy included arthouse pictures, but also Spaghetti Westerns and also softcore erotica. He later played Jeff, the temperamental bisexual film director in Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder himself portrayed the film's line producer.
While living in Italy, Castel became involved in a maoist organization. As Italy was going through the Years of Lead period, he was eventually considered an undesirable alien. In 1972, he was deported to Sweden where he no longer had any acquaintances. He eventually bounced back and appeared in films directed by Wim Wenders and Claude Chabrol.
Castel settled in France in the early 1990s. Though the quality of the films he acted in were quite disparate, ranging from arthouse films to cheap exploitation, Castel had a preference for roles that reflected his militant leftist beliefs.
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- Lou Castel at IMDb
- Lou Castel, "My 'State of Things[permanent dead link]'," tr. by Rainer J. Hanshe, Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics (spring 2014) 278–280.
- Lou Castel, "Before / After the filming of The Stoning of St. Stephen[permanent dead link]," tr. by Rainer J. Hanshe, Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics (spring 2014) 281–288.