Born Ulv Quarzell in Bogotá Colombia on May 28, 1943, the son of a diplomat and an Italian mother who worked in the Italian cinema (Fellini, Monicelli, ...) in the beginning of the 1960s. Castel 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. 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. 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.
In the following decades, Castel worked with European directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders, Philippe Garrel, and Olivier Assayas. Though the quality of the films he acted in were quite disparate, ranging from arthouse films to cheap exploitation, Castel always chose roles that reflected his militant leftist beliefs. He has a son with an affair with the actress Marcella Michelangeli.
Today Lou Castel lives in Italy and works mainly as an actor and as a painter. He’s just finished a film “Drive Me Home” which is in post production.
CASTEL, Lou (Ulv Quarzell) [5/28/1943, Bogotá, Colombia - ] – director, film, TV actor, father of actor Rocco Quarzell [1974- ] with actress Marcella Michelangeli [1943- ].
A Bullet for the General - 1967 (Bill 'Niño' Tate)
Kill and Pray – 1967 (Requiescant)
¡Mátalo! - 1970 (Ray/Todd)
Arizona Road – 1990 (Macedonio/McDonaldson)