Italian theater and film actor Memè Perlini has died at 69. He was a symbol of the Italian avant-garde theater of the 1960s and 70s. Memè had been absent from public view for several years while suffering from severe depression. Today he threw himself from a fifth story window at his Esquilino, Rome, Italy apartment where he lived with a caretaker. He was born Amelio Perlini on December 8 1947 in Sant'Angelo in Lizzola, Marche, Italy. He came to Rome in 1968 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts as an illustrator and designer. From there, with a mythological aura, he drew his love for the theater. He co-founded the Teatro La Maschera with the painter and stage designer Antonello Aglioti. Perlini appeared in two Euro-westerns: Duck You Sucker (1971) as a peon and an uncredited role in The Grand Duel (1972).