Vincent John Privitera was born December 2, 1928 in Buffalo, New York. Very early Monday morning, May 13, 2013, Vince passed away at his home in the Clear Lake Bay Area. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn, his son William (Lori), daughter Leigh Ann, his brother Carmelo and sister Margie (Charlie). He is also survived by his three grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He met Marilyn Engel in New York City and they were married November 5, 1955. They made their home in Texas, from Amarillo to Galveston to the Bay Area, where they have lived since 1971. Dr. Privitera spent more than 25 years in his psychiatry practice, but his primary interest was always acting and film. He was described by his friends as a true renaissance man; he was an extremely talented and gifted artist, who made painting, sketching and sculpting look easy. After retiring from seeing patients, his background and copious notes served him well as an independent filmmaker and acting coach at The Arts Alliance at Clear Lake. In 1984 Shelly Winters starred in "Witchfire," written and directed by Dr. Privitera. "Witchfire" was one of the first true 'independent' films to star a major Hollywood actor. After the showing of two of his films, "A Raven at the Window" and "The Disappointed Sniper" at The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, Dr. Privitera said, "I really don't expect to win anything, but it is a good venue for the cast and crew, who, after all, work very hard for nothing." He added with a laugh, "They work for doughnuts, pizza and coffee." A Kemah resident who had performed under Privitera's direction said, "Anyone who worked with him came away with something more valuable than money." The family is planning a celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage you to donate to the arts of your choice.
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Published on yourbayareanews.com from May 17 to May 30, 2013