Richard Conte Overview:

Actor, Richard Conte, was born Richard Nicholas Peter Conte on Mar 24, 1910 in Jersey City, NJ. Conte died at the age of 65 on Apr 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA .

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travels down "Thieves' Highway"

By Stephen Reginald on Jan 22, 2023 From Classic Movie Man

travels down "Thieves' Highway" Thieves’ Highway (1949) is an American film noir directed by Jules Dassin and starring , and Valentina Cortese. Lee J. Cobb, and Barbara Lawrence co-star. Nico “Nick” Garcos, a returning war veteran arrives home to f... Read full article


Victor Mature and star in "Cry of the City"

By Stephen Reginald on Nov 6, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Victor Mature and star in "Cry of the City" Cry of the City (1948) is an American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Victor Mature and . Others in the cast include Fred Clark, Shelly Winters, Betty Garde, Debra Paget, and Hope Emerson.Tough guy Martin R... Read full article


The Build-Your-Own-Blogathon: in Cry of the City (1948)

By shadowsandsatin on Aug 9, 2014 From Shadows and Satin

I could cheerfully watch make cinnamon toast, paint a wall, or even tie his shoes. But when he?s front and center in a 1940s noir, I really go into orbit! Case in point: Twentieth Century Fox?s Cry of the City, a 1948 film noir feature with a top-notch, can?t-miss cast that, in additio... Read full article


, King of Noir

By Caftan Woman on Jun 19, 2012 From Caftan Woman

1910 - 1975 Nobility was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1910 when Richard Nicholas Peter Conte was born. The one time truck driver and singing waiter studied at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1939 Nicholas Conte made his Broadway debut in the short run Group Theater pr... Read full article


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Richard Conte Quotes:

Mr. Brown: Now, Benny, who runs the world? Do you have any idea?
Bennie Smith: Not me, Mr. Brown.
Mr. Brown: That's right, not you, but a funny thing, they're not so much different from you, but they've got something. They've got it, and they use it. I've got it;
[pointing to McClure]
Mr. Brown: he hasn't. What is it, Benny? What makes the difference...? Hate! Hate is the word, Benny! Hate the man that tries to beat you. Kill 'em, Benny! Kill 'em! Hate him till you see red, and you'll come out winning the big money, and the girls will come tumblin' after. You'll have to shut off the phone and lock the door to get a night's rest.


Casey Mayo: How about you slip into something more comfortable, like a few drinks and some chinese food.


Mr. Brown: So you lost. Next time you'll win. I'll show you how. Take a look at Joe McClure here. He used to be my boss, now I'm his. What's the difference between me and him? We breathe the same air, sleep in the same hotel. He used to own it!
[yelling into McClure's sound magnifier that is in his ear]
Mr. Brown: Now it belongs to me. We eat the same steaks, drink the same bourbon. Look, same manicure,
[lifting and pointing at McClure's hand]
Mr. Brown: same cufflinks. But there's only one difference. We don't get the same girls. Why? Because women know the difference. They got instinct. First is first, and second is nobody.


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Richard Conte Facts
He was one of the many actors considered by Paramount for the title role of Don Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972). The movie originally was intended to be a low-budget production set in contemporary times, but after the phenomenal success of the book, the budget was increased. Conte's Italian heritage helped his cause, as Paramount production head Robert Evans wanted the film to be authentically Italianm which was the reason the Italian American 'Francis Ford Coppola was hired to direct. Conte's rivals for the role reportedly included fellow Italian-American Ernest Borgnine, but as the prestige of the picture increased along with the budget, A-list actors began to be considered for the role, including two-time Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn and the legendary Orson Welles. Burt Lancaster, whose superstar status had dimmed but who had the advantage of having played an Italian prince in Luchino Visconti's "The Leopard" (1963), actively campaigned for the role. Ironically, Visconti had wanted to cast Laurence Olivier in "The Leopard" (but was overru

Appeared in the original Ocean's Eleven (1960) and The Godfather (1972). The remake Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels feature many Godfather references. Cast members Al Pacino and Andy Garcia appear in both series. Ocean's cast member Scott Caan is the son of Godfather actor James Caan, and his character's name, Turk, is taken from "The Turk," a name used in The Godfather.

Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).

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