Dino de Laurentiis

Producer, Assistant director, Unit manager
A colorful and flamboyant Hollywood player for decades, producer Dino De Laurentiis spent what seemed like eons producing a remarkable mix of motion pictures, ranging from art house fare like Fellini's "La Strada" ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1919 in Torre Annunziata, Napoli, IT

Filmography

Producer (84)

Hannibal Rising 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

U-571 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breakdown 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Assassins 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kuffs 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Once Upon A Crime 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Desperate Hours 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tai-Pan 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Year of the Dragon 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bounty 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flash Gordon 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hurricane 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

King of the Gypsies 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Drum 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lipstick 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Orca 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mandingo 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Days of the Condor 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Porgi l'Altra Guancia 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Tough Guys 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crazy Joe 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Valachi Papers 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Waterloo 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Man Called Sledge 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fraulein Doktor 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Witches 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anzio 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barbarella 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Diabolik 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Stranger 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pierrot le Fou 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bible 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fascist 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

An Orchid For the Tiger 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crimen 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Tre Volti 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barabbas 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Everybody Go Home! 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Il Diavolo 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boom 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Best of Enemies 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great War 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sotto dieci bandiere 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hunchback of Rome 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Tempest 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Attila 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Guendalina 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Strada 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nights of Cabiria 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gold of Naples 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Miller's Wife 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Angry Age 1956 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mambo 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ulysses 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woman of Rome 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The She-Wolf 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Guardie Ladri 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Riso Amaro 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Molti Sogni Per Le Strade (Movie)

(Producer)

Slave of Dreams (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Solomon & Sheba (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

I Tre Volti 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A colorful and flamboyant Hollywood player for decades, producer Dino De Laurentiis spent what seemed like eons producing a remarkable mix of motion pictures, ranging from art house fare like Fellini's "La Strada" (1954) to camp classics like "Barbarella" (1968) to overblown spectacles like "King Kong" (1976) and "Tai Pan" (1986), as well as popular entertainment like "Hannibal" (2001). Ever since he began his producing career with the international hit "Riso Amaro" ("Bitter Rice") (1948), De Laurentiis financed, produced or distributed hundreds of movies, including some of the most significant ever made in cinema history, like "Serpico" (1973), "Death Wish" (1974) and "Conan the Barbarian" (1982). With great success often comes great failure, and De Laurentiis was no stranger to the latter. Over the years, he went through several production companies, some of which crumbled under the weight of expensive box office failures, most notably the dismal adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune" (1984). Toward the end of the 20th century, De Laurentiis - who had missed out on the massive success of "Silence of the Lambs (1991) after declining the rights following the failure of "Manhunter" (1986) - had a bit of redemption with the box office hit, "Hannibal" (2001), which spawned another successful sequel, "Red Dragon" (2002), and cemented his place as one of cinema's most prolific producers.

Born on Aug. 8, 1918 in Torre Annunciata, Italy, a small city in the province of Naples, De Laurentiis was raised by his father, Rosario, a pasta maker, and his mother, Giusppina. Though he entered his father's pasta business while still a teenager, De Laurentiis found the idea of selling spaghetti unappealing and instead moved to Rome, where he enrolled in the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. De Laurentiis supported himself with acting roles and behind the scenes work until he decided to become a producer in 1939, making his producing debut with "Troppo tardi t'ho conosciuta." But it took another nine years before he enjoyed a real international success with the neo-realistic "Riso Amaro" ("Bitter Rice") (1948), one of the landmark films in the Italian neorealist movement that emerged after World War II. The film starred a buxom Silvana Mangano, whom De Laurentiis married in July 1949, as a rice field worker wooed by two men; one respectable (Raf Vallone) and the other a fugitive (Vittorio Gassman). The couple collaborated in several more ensuing films, including "Il Lupo della Sila" ("The Lure of Sila") (1949), "Il Brigante Musolino" ("Outlaw Girl") (1950) and "Anna" (1951).

In the 1950s, De Laurentiis joined with Sophia Loren's husband Carlo Ponti to form a production company that oversaw several prestigious Italian films, including Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning melodrama set in the seedy world of a travelling carnival, "La Strada" (1954). They went on to make "Attila" (1955), "The Miller's Wife" (1955) and "Guendalina" (1957) before dissolving their partnership. By that time, De Laurentiis had branched out on his own, overseeing the epic "War and Peace" (1956), directed by King Vidor and starring Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda, while reuniting with Fellini on the Oscar-winning "The Nights of Cabiria" (1957). In 1959, De Laurentiis oversaw his third Academy Award-nominated foreign language motion picture, "The Great War." Meanwhile, as the 1960s unfolded, De Laurentiis built his own studio, Dino Citta, and began teaming with some of the European cinema's finest filmmakers like Vittorio De Sica on "The Last Judgment" (1962), Jean-Luc Godard on "Pierre le fou" (1965) and Claude Chabrol on "An Orchid for the Tiger" (1965). He also worked the Hollywood scene with films like the religious-themed dramas "Barrabas" (1962) and the John Huston-directed "The Bible" (1966). This combination of art house and commercial fare reached absurd heights in 1968 with the odd combination of Francois Truffaut's "The Bride Wore Black" and Roger Vadim's "Barbarella."

When Dino Citta failed, De Laurentiis relocated to the United States in the early 1970s and initiated a run of films that proved popular at the box office. He was producer of "The Valachi Papers" (1972), which was based on fact and purported to tell the real story of the Italian Mafia that a film like "The Godfather" was unable to do. Meanwhile, "Serpico" (1973) garnered praise for its true-life tale of police corruption as well as for Al Pacino's magnificent portrayal as an idealistic young cop in jeopardy for not taking bribes. He followed with "Death Wish" (1974), which perhaps tapped most into the zeitgeist, serving up a revenge tale that spawned several sequels starring Charles Bronson and countless imitations. While the spy thriller "Three Days of the Condor" (1975) combined the elements of pulp entertainment with highbrow aspirations embodied in star Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack, De Laurentiis waded in the muck with lowbrow entertainment like the dreadful "Mandingo" (1975) and the more noisome sequel "Drum" (1976).

Perhaps the producer's greatest act of hubris was undertaking the remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong" (1976), which he hoped would rival "Jaws" (1975) in terms of box office take. Famously declaring that "When Jaws dies, nobody cries. When Kong dies, they all cry," De Laurentiis instead delivered a campy, low-brow effort full off cheesy dialogue and over-the-top performances from Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin. Not losing his flair for the high-brow, De Laurentiis reteamed with Fellini one last time for "Fellini's Casanova" (1976), the director's ill-fated biopic of the great lover (Donald Sutherland). After producing Ingmar Bergman's venture into English-language filmmaking, "The Serpent's Egg" (1978), he produced "The Great Train Robbery" (1979) and "Flash Gordon" (1980) while delivering an intriguing adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's historical novel, "Ragtime" (1981), directed by Milos Forman. Meanwhile, he helped introduce the world to Arnold Schwarzenegger by producing "Conan the Barbarian" (1982), which later spawned a sequel "Conant the Destroyer" (1984) and an off-shoot, "Red Sonja" (1985).

Amid much fanfare in 1983, De Laurentiis announced the formation of the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), which included a state-of-the-art film studio in Wilmington, NC. Serving as chairman and CEO, he oversaw an ambitious slate of films, most of which proved to be box office disappointments. Despite the presence of stars Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson, "The Bounty" (1984), a retelling of the famous mutiny, failed to find an audience. Most disappointing of all was "Dune" (1984), director David Lynch's wildly ambitious and overly muddled distillation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, which proved to be both an expensive failure and a frustrating mess for audiences. After the failures of projects like "Year of the Dragon" (1985) and "Tai Pan" (1986), De Laurentiis ceded defeat and resigned from DEG in 1988, while the following year, he lost his wife, Silvana Mangano, to lung cancer. Perhaps a lesser figure would have been driven from the industry, but the formidable De Laurentiis formed Dino De Laurentiis Communications and produced the remake of "The Desperate Hours" (1990). Following his first foray into American television, "Stephen King's 'Sometime They Come Back'" (CBS, 1991), he returned to features as the executive producer of "Kuffs" (1992) while signing Madonna to star in "Body of Evidence" (1993), a "Basic Instinct"-inspired knockoff.

Returning to the small screen, De Laurentiis returned to the biblically-inspired films of the 1960s and oversaw a remake of "Solomon and Sheba" (Showtime, 1995) which starred Jimmy Smits as the biblical ruler of Israel and Halle Berry as the Queen of Sheba. Also that year, he steered the television movie depicting the biblical Joseph (Adrian Pasdar) and his rise out of slavery to become the chief minister to the Pharaoh of Egypt (Orso Maria Guerrini) in the oddly-titled "Slave of Dreams" (Showtime, 1995). Although the Ray Liotta thriller "Unforgettable" (1996) was anything but, De Laurentiis enjoyed a critical hit with "Breakdown" (1997), a taut thriller starring Kurt Russell as a husband looking for his wife's kidnapper after a breakdown in the middle of Nowhere, New Mexico. As the years piled on, De Laurentiis slowed down his output, though he did remain active while receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2001.

Following the underwhelming World War II yarn "U-571" (2000), De Laurentiis brought "Hannibal" (2001) - the long-awaited sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) - to the screen. Previously, his company held the rights to Thomas Harris' novels and was behind the Michael Mann-helmed "Manhunter" (1986). But the financial wreckage left behind from that box office failure forced the company to pass on "Lambs," only to see Orion Pictures make a huge hit that won multiple Oscars. Determined to not let such an opportunity pass him by again, De Laurentiis at long last managed to convince Anthony Hopkins to reprise Dr. Hannibal Lecter despite "Lambs" star Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme declining to participate. With Julianne Moore as Clarice Starling and Ridley Scott in the director's chair, De Laurentiis finally brought the picture to screen. Though a huge box office hit - the film earned $58 million its opening weekend - "Hannibal" received mix reviews at best and zero Oscar nominations. De Laurentiis went back to the well with "Red Dragon" (2002), a remake of "Manhunter" starring Hopkins and Edward Norton. Several years later, he produced "Hannibal Rising" (2007), a prequel that saw the rise of Hannibal Lecter (Gaspard Ulliel) as a notorious serial killer. The film was savaged by critics on its way to becoming a box office dud. Although his final project was not a major success, De Laurentiis left behind a sweeping legacy of producing quality films, as well as sharing his unrequited love of the art form itself with the rest of the world. De Laurentiis passed away on Nov. 10, 2010 in his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by loved ones. He was 91 years old.

Relationships

Giada De Laurentiis Actor

Granddaughter
Born Aug. 22, 1970 to Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti; hosted Food Network shows "Everyday Italian" and "Giada at Home"

Rosario De Laurentiis

Father

Martha De Laurentiis Producer

Wife
Married April 7, 1990 until Dino's death on Nov. 10, 2010

Carolyna De Laurentiis Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 26, 1988; mother, Martha De Laurentiis

Giusppina De Laurentiis

Mother

Dina De Laurentiis Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 21, 1990; mother, Martha De Laurentiis

Raffaella De Laurentiis Producer

Daughter
Born June 28, 1954; mother, Silvana Mangano

Veronica De Laurentiis Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 13, 1950; mother, Silvana Mangano

Federico De Laurentiis Executive Producer

Son
Born Feb. 28, 1955; mother, Silvano Mangano Died at 26 in an airplane crash on July 26, 1981; father dedicated "Dune" (1984) to son

Aurelio De Laurentiis Producer

Nephew
Born in 1949; son of Luigi De Laurentiis

Igor De Laurentiis Actor

Grandson
Born to Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti

Francesca DeLaurentiis Producer

Daughter
Born May 10, 1961; mother, Silvana Mangano

Luigi DeLaurentiis Producer

Brother
Born Feb. 16, 1917 Died March 30, 1992

Dino DeLaurentiis Assistant

Grandson

Eloisa DeLaurentiis Makeup Assistant

Granddaughter

Silvana Mangano Actor

Wife
Married July 17, 1949 Divorced in 1988, prior to Mangano's death the following year after surgery for lung cancer

EDUCATION

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

1937 - 1939
His studies were interrupted by the Second World War

Milestones

2007

Produced "Hannibal Rising," which tells the story of how Hannibal becomes a serial killer

2002

Produced "Red Dragon," a remake of "Manhunter"

2001

Produced "Hannibal," the long-awaited sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"

2000

Produced the WWII-era thriller "U-571"

1997

Enjoyed a surprise hit with the taut thriller "Breakdown"

1996

Served as producer on "Unforgettable"

1995

Executive produced the Showtime biblical movies "Solomon and Sheba" and "Slave of Dreams"

1993

Produced "Body of Evidence," starring Madonna

1991

First foray into American television, produced the CBS adaptation of "Stephen King's 'Sometimes They Come Back'"

1990

Formed Dino De Laurentiis Communications (DDLC)

1990

Produced the remake of "The Desperate Hours"

1988

Resigned from DEG as chairman of the board and CEO and formed Dino De Laurentiis Company

1986

Was executive producer of "Tai Pan," which was adapted from a James Clavell novel

1985

Produced the Michael Cimino-directed "Year of the Dragon"

1984

Was an executive producer of the ill-fated adapatation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel "Dune"

1984

Produced the Arnold Schwarzenneger vehicle "Conan the Destroyer"

1984

Was executive producer of "The Bounty," a revisionist version of the story behind the mutiny on the HMS Bounty

1983

Executive produced David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone"; film adapted from a Stephen King novel

1983

Founded De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) and DEG Film Studios in Wilmington, NC

1981

Served as producer of Milos Foreman's screen adaptation of "Ragtime"

1980

Bestowed on audiences the camp classic "Flash Gordon"

1979

Oversaw remake of "The Hurricane"

1978

Produced the screen adaptation of "King of the Gypsies"

1977

Served as producer of Ingmar Bergman's English-language feature "The Serpent's Egg"

1977

Executive produced the "Jaws" rip-off "Orca"

1976

Produced the John Wayne Western, "The Shootist"

1976

Produced the remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong"

1976

Re-teamed with Fellini after 20 years on "Fellini's Casanova"

1975

Executive produced the spy thriller "Three Days of the Condor"

1974

Was the producer of the Charles Bronson vehicle "Death Wish"

1973

Enjoyed critical and box-office success with "Serpico," starring Al Pacino

1972

Produced "The Valachi Papers"

1970

Produced the epic "Waterloo"

1968

Served as producer on Francois Truffaut's "The Bride Wore Black" and Roger Vadim's camp classic "Barbarella"

1967

Produced Luchino Visconti's "The Stranger"

1966

Was a producer on John Huston's "The Bible"

1965

Produced Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierre le fou" and Claude Chabrol's "An Orchid for the Tiger"

1962

Produced the biblical epic "Barabbas"

1961

Teamed with Vitorrio De Sica as producer of "The Last Judgment"

1959

Produced the Oscar-nominated foreign-language film, "The Great War"

1957

Dissolved Ponti-De Laurentiis Production Company

1956

Re-teamed with Fellini for the Oscar winning film, "Le notti di Cabiria/Nights of Cabiria"

1956

Served as producer of "War and Peace"

1954

Enjoyed success with Fellini's "La Strada" (released in USA in 1956)

1948

Breakthrough film, "Riso Amaro/Bitter Rice" (released in the USA in 1950)

1939

Debut as film producer, "Troppo tardi t'ho conosciuta"

Co-founded (with Carlo Ponti) the Ponti-De Laurentiis Production Company in early 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1918 as the year of Mr. De Laurentiis' birth.

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