Casting director Riccardo Bertoni died Dec. 22 of cancer in New York. He was 70.
Co-founder of the Navarro-Bertoni casting company, he cast more than 160 films, usually providing the extras casting. He worked with directors including Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Franco Zeffirelli and Norman Jewison.
Bertoni handled extras casting for films including “The Godfather,” “Annie Hall,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Godzilla,” and “Stuart Little 2.”
Born in Lugano, Switzerland, Bertoni studied acting under Federico Fellini and Anna Magnani, making his acting debut in a 1956 Marcello Mastroianni pic. He appeared in several of Allen’s films and played the butler in “Small Time Crooks.”
At the time of his death, he had recently completed casting Comedy Central’s “David Chapelle Show.”
He is survived by a brother, a sister-in-law and a nephew.