Paul Bartel, the cult-fave actor and director whose credits included schlocky Roger Corman films and the offbeat hit "Eating Raoul" died Saturday in New York, it was reported today. He was 61. Bartel acted in more than 70 films, ranging from "Frankenweenie" to the just-released "Hamlet" starring Ethan Hawke. His signature work was "Eating Raoul," a macabre comedy and surprise art-house hit of 1982 that he co-wrote, directed and starred in.
The cause of Bartel's death was not immediately known, although family members said that he recently underwent surgery for cancer of the liver ducts, according to The New York Times.