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Richard Conte
Richard Conte
Richard Conte in 1945.
Birthday/Birthplace Nicholas Peter Conte
(1910-03-24)March 24, 1910
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Deceased April 15, 1975(1975-04-15)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Profession(s) Actor
Active Years 1939–1975
Wife/Husband Ruth Storey (1943–1962 div.)
Shirlee Garner (1973–1975, his death)
Kid(s) Mark Conte

Richard Conte (March 24, 1910 – April 15, 1975) was an American actor, known for his numerous film performances between the 1940s and 1970s, including those he made for I’ll Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather.

Richard_Conte’s Biography

His real name was Nicholas Peter Conte , and he was born in Jersey City (New Jersey), his parents being of Italian origin, Julia Fina, a seamstress, and Pasquale Conte, a barber.

Before becoming a professional actor, Conte had a variety of jobs, including a truck driver, Wall Street employee and singer waiter at a Connecticut resort. In this last occupation was discovered in 1935 by the director Elia Kazan and the actor John Garfield, thanks to which Conte got work as a theater actor. He finally won a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse Center in New York City, where he became a leading actor.

He debuted as a stage actor on the Broadway circuit with the play Moon Over Mulberry Street in 1939, participating then in roles such as Night Music and Walk Into My Parlor. His first film performance came in 1939, in Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence, in which he appeared under the name of Nicholas Conte. His career prospered during World War II, a time when many Hollywood actors were enlisted. In 1942 Conte signed a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox, changing his stage name to Richard Conte . His first film with Fox was Guadalcanal Diary (1943), and during the war years Conte interpreted mainly soldiers in war dramas, highlighting among them A walk under the sun (1945).


With the Italian actress Valentina Cortese in a frame of the film’s Thieves’ Highway (1949). by Jules Dassin.

Conte worked in many black film titles after the end of the race, such as Cry of the City and Call Northside 777 (both 1948), and Thieves’ Highway (Market of Thieves) directed by Jules Dassin. Conte starred in the black film classic directed by Otto Preminger Whirlpool (Vortex), alongside Gene Tierney (1949), and in the company of Susan Hayward, Edward G. Robinson and Luther Adler starred in House of Strangers ( 1949) with the role of Max Monetti directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

At the beginning of the 1950s Conte, who by then was no longer working for Fox, started acting in films for different studies. The critics and their admirers consider as their best films of the time the black film of series B The Sleeping City (1950), The Raging Tide (1951), Highway Dragnet (1954), The Blue Gardenia (Blue Gardenia) (1953) and Special agent (1955). He also starred opposite Susan Hayward in the 1955 production I’ll Cry Tomorrow, a biopic about singer and actress Lillian Roth. In addition, in 1959 Conte starred in the episode of Dimension Desconocida entitled Perchance to Dream, and that same year he worked on the series of Sapphire Films for Independent Television (ITV) The Four Just Men (1959).

With the decline of black cinema in the sixties, Conte’s career suffered a stop. In 1964 he and Anne Francis worked on “Hideout,” an episode of the CBS drama The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino and Gary Merrill. In addition, in 1966 Conte played a supporting role on the CBS sitcom The Jean Arthur Show.

Conte worked with Frank Sinatra on four films. In two of them he played Lieutenant Dave Santini, Hampa Dorada (1967) and La mujer de cemento (1968). The other two he played with Sinatra were Ocean’s Eleven (1960) and Assault on a Queen (1966).

Conte finally traveled to Europe, where he performed in numerous productions until his death. In his last years he made one of his most memorable performances in The Godfather (1972), in the role of Don Barzini (he was even considered to play the title role, which eventually went to Marlon Brando).

Of his more than 60 films, perhaps the best known is The Godfather (1972), Ocean’s Eleven (1960), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Call Northside 777 (I Believe in You) (1948).

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