My Dad...

My Dad...
Herbie "Pompeii" Pilato

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Herbie J Pilato's Biography

Herbie J Pilat is a writer/producer with several films and TV shows in development, including Lordsville, MarkAngel, Conquered, and Rock of Gibralter.

Herbie was born to Frances Mary Turri and Pompeii Pilato in Rochester, New York, on Erie Street, in the historic High Falls District across from where now stands Frontier Field. He graduated in 1983 with a B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College of Rochester, moved to Los Angeles, where he studied Television and Film at UCLA, and served his Internship in Television at NBC-TV in Burbank.

As an actor, Herbie has appeared on television shows such as Highway to Heaven and The Golden Girls, as well as daytime serials like The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital. As a director, he's guided live stage productions of Leonard Malfi's Birdbath, Christopher Frye's A Phoenix Too Frequent, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Herbie is also the author of a number of successful media tie-in books, including The Bewitched Book, The Kung Fu Book of Caine, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, Bewitched Forever, The Bionic Book, NBC & ME: My Life As A Page In A Book, and Life Story – The Book of Life Goes On: TV's First And Best Family Show of Challenge. And he served as an editor the acclaimed biography, On The Inside, Looking Out: My Road To Recovery From Schizophrenia by Maria Pellegrino.

As a producer, Herbie has worked on Bravo's hit five-part series, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, TLC's Behind the Fame specials (about The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues), A&E's Biography (for segments on Elizabeth Montgomery and Lee Majors), and the SyFy Channel's Sciography series.

He served as a consultant and on-screen commentator for the TV DVD releases of Bewitched, Kung Fu and CHiPs - as well as an Editor for numerous websites (including, and the family-oriented Also, too, Herbie has contributed to a variety of magazines, including Starlog, Sci-Fi Entertainment, Sci-Fi Universe, Retro Vision, Classic TV and CinemaRetro.

Herbie recently served as the Director of Development for LPI Productions, the entertainment division of LPI Consumer Products, the manufacturer of the ShaveMate Titan and Diva "All-in-One" Razors. Here, Herbie helped to organize, establish and direct video segments; a creative ad campaign; and TV infomercials (for Walgreens) that lead to LPI's partnership with "Pitchmen" star Anthony Sullivan and The Discovery Channel.

Into this mix, Herbie recently founded the Classic TV Preservation Society - a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gap between positive popular TV and education.

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