Steve Restivo, an actor seen in Slightly Lady, The Princess Diaries and further, who additionally formerly co-owned Vitello’s Italian Restaurant in L.A.’s Studio Metropolis, has died. He became 81.

His son, Roy — a extinct longtime senior tv government at NBCUniversal — acknowledged Restivo died November 5 at West Hills Clinic after a yearlong battle with lung most cancers and complications from Covid.

Robert Blake siting at Vitello's

Actor Robert Blake sits at a desk in entrance of Vitello’s Restaurant on Oct. 25, 2005.
AP Photo/Mike Meadows

Restivo loved a veil profession of greater than 50 years, finding frequent roles alongside the likes of Hector Elizondo and Larry Miller in the motion photos of Garry Marshall, including Beaches (1988), Nothing in Total (1986), Slightly Lady (1990), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Exit to Eden (1994), The Varied Sister (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), Elevating Helen (2004) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).

Restivo additionally appeared in motion photos including The Skateboard Little one 2, Inside Sanctum II, Laborious Bounty and Sammy-Gate, finding guest-starring roles on the TV aspect in Quincy M.E., Conceal Up, Remington Steele, The Fresh Adam-12 and Nowhere Man.

He and his brother Joe Restivo had owned Vitello’s for virtually 30 years ahead of the raze of Bonny Lee Bakley — the 2nd wife of Emmy-winning Baretta actor Robert Blake — exterior of the restaurant in 2001, which gave the eatery a fresh extra or much less notoriety. Blake became charged with Bakley’s raze in 2002, alongside with solicitation of raze, conspiracy and special conditions of mendacity in wait, but a jury stumbled on him now not guilty of the crimes in 2005. And even supposing Bakley’s kids introduced a wrongful-death swimsuit against Blake shortly thereafter, her killing formally remains unsolved.

Within the aftermath, the restaurant seen an astronomical boost in prospects, turning into a discontinue on tour-bus itineraries and incomes frequent mentions on TV. Restivo additionally became interviewed relating to the high-profile raze case on such TV programs as Dateline, 20/20, 48 Hours and, extra now not too long ago, on Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48.

As well as to his son Roy, Restivo is survived by his wife, Sara; his sons Vince and Steve Jr.; his brother, Salvatore; and his sister, Lucy Ricciardone.

A memorial service shall be held at 12: 30 p.m. December 10, at Church of the Hills at Woodland Backyard Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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