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Richard Conte

Richard Conte in Cry of the City (1948)
Born March 24, 1910(1910-03-24)
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died April 15, 1975 (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, USA

Richard Conte (March 24, 1910April 15, 1975) was an American actor who appeared in films such as I'll Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather. He was born Nicholas Conte of Italian ancestry in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of a barber. In 1935, Conte was spotted by Elia Kazan and John Garfield when he was working as an entertainer at a Connecticut resort, which led to Conte finding stage work. Conte eventually earned a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he became a standout actor. The 5ft 8in Conte became a Broadway actor in the late-1930s, starring in such plays as Night Music and Walk Into My Parlor. That lead to his first film performance in 1939, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Richard Conte in Cry of the City (1948) Cry of the City is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Robert Siodmak based on the novel by Henry Edward Helseth. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The skyline of Jersey City, as seen from Lower New York Bay. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Ill Cry Tomorrow is a 1955 biographical film which tells the story of Lillian Roth, a Broadway star who rebels against the pressure of her domineering mother and reacts to the death of her fiance by becoming an alcoholic. ... This article is about the 1972 film. ... Location of Jersey City within Hudson County Coordinates: , Country State County Hudson Government  - Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy  - Business Administrator Brian P. OReilly Area  - City 21. ... See also: 1934 in film 1935 1936 in film 1930s in film years in film film Events Judy Garland signs a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). ... Elia Kazan, (Greek: Ηλίας Καζάν, IPA: ), (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American film and theatre director, film and theatrical producer, screenwriter, novelist and cofounder of the influential Actors Studio in New York in 1947. ... John Garfield John Garfield (born March 4, 1913 in New York City; died May 21, 1952 in New York City) was an American actor. ... The Neighborhood Playhouse is an actor training school in New York City, generally associated with the Meisner technique of Sanford Meisner. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1942 he signed a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox. He then changed his stage name to Richard. His first film at Fox was Guadalcanal Diary (1943). During the World War II years, Conte played mostly soldiers in war dramas, including A Walk in the Sun (1945). See also: 1941 in film 1942 1943 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash when returning from a War Bond tour. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... The cover of the DVD release of the film Guadalcanal Diary. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A Walk in the Sun is a war film released in 1945. ...


Following the war, Conte appeared in many films noir after World War II. Conte appeared in such Fox crime dramas as Cry of the City and Call Northside 777 (both from 1948), and Thieves' Highway. Conte appeared in Otto Preminger's classic film noir Whirlpool co-starring Gene Tierney (1949). This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Richard Conte in Cry of the City (1948) Cry of the City is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Robert Siodmak based on the novel by Henry Edward Helseth. ... Call Northside 777 is a 1948 documentary-style drama film directed by Henry Hathaway. ... Thieves Highway film poster Thieves Highway is a 1949 film directed by Jules Dassin. ... Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 – April 23, 1986) was a film director. ... Whirlpool is an Otto Preminger-directed film, considered film noir, starring Gene Tierney as the kleptomaniac wife of a psychoanalyst. ... Gene Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. ...


In the early-1950s, Conte, now not working for Fox, began appearing in films for various studios. Critics and fans consider his best films from that era include the film noir B-movies The Sleeping City (1950), Highway Dragnet (1954) and The Blue Gardenia (1953). The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... The Sleeping City is a 1950 film noir, shot in semidocumentary style, starring Richard Conte. ... The year 1954 in film involved some significant events. ... Raymond Burr in The Blue Gardenia The Blue Gardenia is a 1953 black-and-white film noir directed Fritz Lang. ... The year 1953 in film involved some significant events. ...


Once film noir became less popular in the 1960s Conte’s career was at a standstill. He appeared as Lt. Dave Santini in two Frank Sinatra crime films, Tony Rome (1967) and Lady in Cement (1968) (He had also appeared with Sinatra in 1960's Oceans Eleven). He eventually moved to Europe and acted in a number of films. Later in life, Conte acted one of his most memorable performances in The Godfather (1972) as Don Barzini (he was at one time also considered for title role, a role that Marlon Brando eventually filled.) He continued to work in European films until dying from a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 65. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Tony Rome is a 1967 film directed by Gordon Douglas. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oceans Eleven is a 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film Oceans Eleven. ... This article is about the 1972 film. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... // January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ...


He is the father of film editor Mark Conte.


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Richard Conte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (383 words)
Richard Conte (March 24, 1910 – April 15, 1975) was an American actor who appeared in films such as I'll Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather.
In 1935, Conte was spotted by Elia Kazan and John Garfield when he was working as an entertainer at a Connecticut resort, which led to Conte finding stage work.
Later in life, Conte acted one of his most memorable performances in The Godfather (1972) as Don Barzini (he was at one time also considered for title role, a role that Marlon Brando eventually filled.) He continued to work in European films until a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 65.
Richard Conte (232 words)
In 1935, Conte became a waiter/entertainer in a Connecticut resort, which led to stage work when he was spotted by Group Theatre's Elia Kazan and John Garfield.
Among Conte's many TV assignments was a co-starring stint with Dan Dailey, Jack Hawkins and Vittorio De Sica on the 1959 syndicated series The Four Just Men.
Richard Conte's most important Hollywood role in the 1970s was as rival Mafia Don Barzini in the Oscar-winning The Godfather (1972).
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