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Richard Conte



The son of a barber, Richard Conte held down jobs ranging from truck driver, to Wall Street clerk before finding his place as an actor. 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. Through Kazan's help, Conte earned a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse. His first Broadway appearance was in the fast-flop Moon Over Mulberry Street. In 1939, still billed as Nicholas Conte, the actor made his first film, 20th Century-Fox's Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence (1939). It was Fox which would build up the intense, brooding Conte as the "New John Garfield" upon signing him to a contract in 1943. His best parts during his Fox years included the wrongly imprisoned man who is exonerated by crusading reporter James Stewart in Call Northside 777 (1947), and the lead role as a wildcat trucker in Thieves' Highway (1949). 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. Appearing primarily in European films in his last years, Conte directed the Yugoslavian-filmed Operation Cross Eagles. Richard Conte's most important Hollywood role in the 1970s was as rival Mafia Don Barzini in the Oscar-winning The Godfather (1972).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Under The Gun
  • Actor
2013
89% Somewhere in the Night
  • Mel Phillips
2003
No Score Yet Wipeout
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Roma violenta (Violent Rome)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Evil Eye
  • Dr. Stone
1975
No Score Yet Diary of an Erotic Murderess
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Secrets of a Call Girl
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Tony Arzenta
  • Nick
1973
No Score Yet Il boss (Wipeout!)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Violent Professionals
  • Padulo
1973
No Score Yet Anna: The Pleasure, The Torment
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Italian Connection
  • Actor
1972
99% The Godfather
  • Barzini
1972
No Score Yet 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Operation Cross Eagles
  • Director
  • Lt. Bradford
1969
No Score Yet Sentenza di Morte
  • Actor
1968
50% Lady in Cement
  • Lt. Dave Santini
1968
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Dupere
1967
60% Tony Rome
  • Lt. Dave Santini
1967
No Score Yet Assault on a Queen
  • Tony Moreno
1966
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Barabbas
1965
40% Circus World
  • Aldo Alfredo
1964
No Score Yet Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
  • Leonard Ashley
1963
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Himself
1960
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Anthony Bergdorf
1960
No Score Yet They Came to Cordura
  • Cpl. Milo Trubee
1959
No Score Yet The Brothers Rico
  • Eddie Rico
1957
No Score Yet Full of Life
  • Nick Rocco
1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow
  • Tony Bardeman
1955
No Score Yet Bengazi
  • John Gillmore
1955
No Score Yet New York Confidential
  • Nick Magellan
1955
92% The Big Combo
  • Mr. Brown
1955
86% The Blue Gardenia
  • Casey Mayo
1953
No Score Yet The Fighter
  • Felipe Rivera
1952
No Score Yet The Raging Tide
  • Bruno Felkin
1951
No Score Yet Hollywood Story
  • Larry O'Brien
1951
No Score Yet The Sleeping City
  • Fred Rowan
1950
80% House of Strangers
  • Max Monetti
1949
No Score Yet Big Jack
  • Dr. Alexander Meade
1949
90% Whirlpool
  • Dr. William Sutton
1949
100% Thieves' Highway
  • Nick Garcos
1949
73% Call Northside 777
  • Frank W. Wiecek
1948
91% Cry of the City
  • Martin Rome
1948
83% 13 Rue Madeleine
  • Bill O'Connell
1947
100% A Walk in the Sun
  • Pvt. Rivera
1945
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano
  • Nicolo
1945
No Score Yet Spider
  • Chris Conlon
1945
No Score Yet The Purple Heart
  • Lt. Angelo Canelli
1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary
  • Capt. Davis
1943
No Score Yet Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Stadium Mystery
  • Producer
1938
No Score Yet Piazza Pulita
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Edward Hall

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