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|Also Known As:||Nicholas Peter Conte,Nicholas Conte||Died:||April 15, 1975|
|Born:||March 24, 1910||Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Jersey City, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor waiter messenger truck driver|
Likeable, reliable leading man who from the mid-1940s to the mid-50s starred in numerous quality films before his career went into decline. Later memorable as the scheming Don Barzini in "The Godfather" (1972).
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Richard Conte (March 24, 1910 – April 15, 1975). He was born Nicholas Conte in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of a barber. His first film performance was in 1939, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence. In 1942 he signed a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox. 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). Conte appeared in many films noir after World War II including 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). In the early-1950s,he 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). In 1960 he was one of the eleven in Oceans Eleven staring Frank Sinatra. He appeared as Lt. Dave Santini in two Frank Sinatra crime films, Tony Rome (1967) and Lady in Cement (1968) Later in life, Conte acted one of his most memorable performances in The Godfather (1972) as Don Barzini. He continued to work in European films until dying from a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 65.
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