Paul Picerni


PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Hollywood character actor Paul Picerni, perhaps best-known as Robert Stack's FBI agent sidekick on television's "The Untouchables," has died. He was 88.

Picerni's daughter Maria Atkinson-Bates says her father died Jan. 12 at Palmdale Regional Medical Center north of Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack at his home in the desert community of Llano. The death was first reported in the Los Angeles Times.

Besides his role as agent Lee Hobson on "The Untouchables" from 1960 to 1963, Picerni starred in "House of Wax" with Vincent Price in 1953. It was the first 3-D movie produced by a major studio. His other films included "The Scalphunters" in 1968 and "Airport" in 1970.

Picerni appeared in TV shows including "Gunsmoke," "Kojak," "T.J. Hooker" and "Perry Mason."

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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We were next-door neighbors of the Picerni Family in Reseda, CA. I played with several of his children when they were living there. My sister, Carolyn, is still living in our house. I was amazed that anyone could have so many children in one family when I was little, then when the Picerni family moved to Tarzana, another family moved into their house, and they had MORE children! I never lacked playmates. I remember that Mr. Picerni liked Limburger cheese--really stinky cheese--we could...

I am currently reading Mr. Picerni's book. As I read, it as if he is talking to me with that wonderful voice of his. I have seen most of his movies and of course the Untouchables!

My husbands Uncle good friends with Paul.I met him on several ocassions.
He gave a toast at their anniversary party also.
Uncle Ray and Auntie Gladys..I'm sure no last name is necessacery.

One of his best films was "The Young Philadelphians."

i came across The Untouchables again on METV and wanted to write and tell Mr. Picerni him how much i enjoyed him from the original showing of the series; i was saddened to hear of his passing. i always loved that smile of his, and how happy he seemed to be acting: he always looked like he was having a great time! Except, of course, when he got arrested on Hawaii Five-O! Sorry I never got the chance to write him and tell him personally. Tracey, Dayton, OH

I loved the Untouchables. Your Dad was my favorite.
A fan
Bob Farrell

so sorry for this lost i still watch him on me tv every night very hand some guy.

You were one of my favoriteactors. I loved to see you in the untouchables. You and robert stack were great. I still watch reruns on MeTv

I was just a kid but I seen him in corona ny.
I live on the same street. P.S.14 school.
I remember him and all the teaches new him and
remember him.We were so proud to know him.
God Bless him..