Ulv Quarzéll was born on May 28, 1943 in Bogota, Columbia but moved to Europe as a young man. Interested in acting from an early age, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, but was quickly kicked out. As Lou Castel, his first movie role was an uncredited extra in “The Leopard” (1963). But two years later, he would catch his big break when he starred in “Fists in the Pocket” (1965). His performance as the epileptic Alessandro, who murders his mother and his brother, was acclaimed all over the world. His next role to gain international prominence was as Jeff, the temperamental bisexual film director, in “Beware of a Holy Whore” (1971), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
In the following decades, Castel worked with some of the most important European directors of the era, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders, Philippe Garrel, and Olivier Assayas. Though the quality of the films he acted in were quite disparate, ranging from art house films to cheap exploitation, Castel always chose roles that reflected his militant leftist beliefs. During this time he appeared in four Euro-westerns: “A Bullet for the General” (1966), “Kill and Pray” (1967), “Matalo!” (1970) and “Arizona Road” (1990). He is still acting to this day.
Today we celebrate Lou Castel’s 70th birthday.