Louis Ciulla

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Louis S., 84, of Paramus, passed away on January 3rd. He was born to Sicilian Immigrants, Luciano and Maria, on April 22, 1929 in Rochester, NY. He graduated from SUNY Brockport and went on to earn two masters degrees, one from SUNY Albany, the other from Columbia University. While an undergrad at Brockport he played on a National Championship soccer team. He moved to NYC to pursue a career in acting and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he won the Charles Jehlinger Award in 1959. Lou loved to relate the story of his classmate, Robert Redford, who won Honorable Mention that year. Among his many appearances he had stage roles in The Fantastiks, He Who Gets Slapped, movie roles in The Producers, The out of Towners and the Odd Couple, and TV roles in The Edge of Night and Search for Tomorrow. Actor, director and luminaries with whom he worked include Gardner McKay, William Shatner, Peter Falk, Ezra Stone and Mel Brooks.
PFC Louis Ciulla served in the U.S. Army occupying forces stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
Lou was the first teacher hired in 1963 at the Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan. In 1969 he moved to Englewood, N.J. and shortly after began a long tenure at the Lewis. F. Cole Middle School in Fort Lee, NJ. There he advised the Drama Club, earned great respect from students and faculty alike, and was named Teacher of the Year. After retiring in 1992 he resumed acting with roles in several Shakespearean plays which were his passion.
Lou is survived by his sons Lucian Ciulla of Teaneck, Philip Ciulla of Manhattan and his Daughter Celeste Ciulla also of Manhattan, as well as many beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was the youngest of five brothers, all of whom predeceased him.
A memorial will be held in March in Manhattan.
Published in The Record on Jan. 26, 2014
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