Dino De Laurentiis

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Dino De Laurentiis
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BornAgostino De Laurentiis
(1919-08-08)8 August 1919
Torre Annunziata, Campania, Italy
Died10 November 2010(2010-11-10) (aged 91)
Beverly Hills, California
Resting place
Cimitero Comunale Torre Annunziata
Occupationfilm producer
Years active1938–2010
Spouse(s)Silvana Mangano
(m.1949-div.1988; 4 children)
Martha Schumacher
(m.1990–2010; his death, 2 children)
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Dino De Laurentiis
Dino de laurentiis crop.jpg
BornAgostino De Laurentiis
(1919-08-08)8 August 1919
Torre Annunziata, Campania, Italy
Died10 November 2010(2010-11-10) (aged 91)
Beverly Hills, California
Resting place
Cimitero Comunale Torre Annunziata
Occupationfilm producer
Years active1938–2010
Spouse(s)Silvana Mangano
(m.1949-div.1988; 4 children)
Martha Schumacher
(m.1990–2010; his death, 2 children)

Agostino "Dino" De Laurentiis (8 August 1919 – 10 November 2010) was an Italian film producer best known for producing science fiction, fantasy, and horror films.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples, and grew up selling spaghetti produced by his father. His studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome were interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.


Following his first movie, L'ultimo Combattimento, (1940) he produced nearly 150 films during the next seven decades. In 1946 his company, the Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, moved into production. In the early years, De Laurentiis produced neorealist films such as Bitter Rice (1946) and the Fellini classics La Strada (1954) and Nights of Cabiria (1956), often in collaboration with producer Carlo Ponti. In the 1960s, Dino De Laurentiis built his own studio facilities, although these financially collapsed during the 1970s. During this period, though, De Laurentiis produced such films as Barabbas (1961) a Christian religious epic, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, an imitation James Bond film; Navajo Joe (1966), a spaghetti western; Anzio (1968), a World War II film; Barbarella (1968) and Danger: Diabolik (1968), both successful comic book adaptations; and The Valachi Papers made to coincide with the popularity of The Godfather.

In 1976,[1] De Laurentiis relocated to the USA, and became an American citizen in 1986.[2] There, he set up studios, eventually creating his own studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) based in Wilmington, North Carolina; the building of the studio quickly made Wilmington a busy center of film and television production.[3] During this period De Laurentiis made a number of successful and acclaimed films, including The Scientific Cardplayer (1972), Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Mandingo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Drum (1976), Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Blue Velvet (1986). It is for his more infamous productions that De Laurentiis's name has become known — the legendary King Kong (1976) remake, which was a commercial hit, Lipstick, the killer whale film Orca (1977); The White Buffalo (1977); the disaster movie Hurricane (1979); the remake of Flash Gordon (1980); Halloween II (the 1981 sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic horror film); David Lynch's Dune (1984); and King Kong Lives (1986). De Laurentiis also made several adaptations of Stephen King's works during this time, including The Dead Zone (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985) and Maximum Overdrive (1986); Army of Darkness (1992) was produced jointly by De Laurentiis, Robert Tapert and the movie's star Bruce Campbell. They distributed the animated Transformers movie.

De Laurentiis also produced the first Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986). He passed on adapting Thomas Harris' sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, but produced the two follow-ups, Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), a remake of Manhunter. He also produced Hannibal Rising (2007), which tells the story of how Hannibal becomes a serial killer.

In his later choice of stories he displayed a strong preference for adaptations of successful books, especially sweeping classics like Barabbas (1961), The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), or Dune (1984).

In the 1980s he owned and operated DDL Foodshow, a specialty retailer with two gourmet Italian markets in New York City and Los Angeles.[4]

In 2001 he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

De Laurentiis died on 10 November 2010 at his residence in Beverly Hills.[5][6][7][8]

He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2012 (in memory)


His brief first marriage in Italy was annulled.[9] In 1949, De Laurentiis married actress Silvana Mangano, with whom he had four children: Veronica; Raffaella, who is also a film producer; Federico, another producer who died in a plane crash in 1981 (Dino's movie Dune is dedicated to him); and Francesca. They divorced in 1988[10] prior to her death in 1989. In 1990 he married movie producer Martha Schumacher, with whom he had two daughters, Carolyna and Dina. One of his grandchildren is Giada De Laurentiis, host of Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, Giada at Home and Giada's Weekend Getaways on Food Network. His nephew is Aurelio De Laurentiis, also a film producer and the chairman of SSC Napoli football club.

Selected filmography[edit]

1940BoccaccioMarcello Albani
1946Black EagleRiccardo Freda
1948Bitter RiceGiuseppe De Santis
1949The Wolf of the SilaDuilio Coletti
1952Europa '51Roberto Rossellini
1954La StradaFederico Fellini
1955UlyssesMario Camerini
1956War and PeaceKing Vidor
Nights of CabiriaFederico Fellini
1958This Angry AgeRené Clément
1965Battle of the BulgeKen Annakin
1966The Bible: In the BeginningJohn Huston
1967Lo StranieroLuchino Visconti
1968Danger: DiabolikMario Bava
BarbarellaRoger Vadim
1973SerpicoSidney Lumet
1974Death WishMichael Winner
1975MandingoRichard Fleischer
1976The Serpent's EggIngmar Bergman
1976King KongJohn Guillermin
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History LessonRobert Altman
DrumSteve Carver
The ShootistDon Siegel
1980Flash GordonMike Hodges
1981Halloween IIRick Rosenthal
RagtimeMiloš Forman
1982Fighting BackLewis Teague
Conan the BarbarianJohn Milius
Amityville II: The PossessionDamiano Damiani
1983Amityville 3-DRichard Fleischer
Halloween III: Season of the WitchTommy Lee Wallace
Dead ZoneDavid Cronenberg
1984Conan the DestroyerRichard Fleischer
FirestarterMark L. Lester
DuneDavid Lynch
The BountyRoger Donaldson
1985Maximum OverdriveStephen King
Raw DealJohn Irvin
MarieRoger Donaldson
Silver BulletDaniel Attias
Cat's EyeLewis Teague
Year of the DragonMichael Cimino
Red SonjaRichard Fleischer
1986Crimes of the HeartBruce Beresford
Blue VelvetDavid Lynch
Trick or TreatCharles Martin Smith
Tai-PanDaryl Duke
ManhunterMichael Mann
King Kong LivesJohn Guillermin
1987Million Dollar MysteryRichard Fleischer
Hiding OutBob Giraldi
Evil Dead IISam Raimi
The Bedroom WindowCurtis Hanson
1989Collision CourseLewis Teague
From the HipBob Clark
1990Sometimes They Come BackTom McLoughlin
Desperate HoursMichael Cimino
1992Once Upon a CrimeEugene Levy
KuffsBruce A. Evans
1993Body of EvidenceUli Edel
Army of DarknessSam Raimi
1994TemptationStrathford Hamilton
1995Solomon & ShebaRobert Young
Slave of DreamsRobert Young
RumpelstiltskinMark Jones (I)
AssassinsRichard Donner
1996UnforgettableJohn Dahl
BoundThe Wachowskis
1997BreakdownJonathan Mostow
2000U-571Jonathan Mostow
2001HannibalRidley Scott
2002Red DragonBrett Ratner
2006The Last LegionDoug Lefler
2007Hannibal RisingPeter Webber
Virgin TerritoryDavid Leland


  1. ^ Lane, John Francis (11 November 2010). "Obituary: Dino De Laurentiis". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ClhOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pBMEAAAAIBAJ&dq=dino%20de%20laurentiis%20studio&pg=6404%2C2504922
  4. ^ "lets-do-lunch". Foodandwine.com. February 2002. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis Dies at Age 91". USA Today. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Movie Producer Dino de Laurentiis dies". CNN. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Mondello, Bob (11 November 2010). "Dino De Laurentiis: For Decades, A Big-Picture Guy". NPR. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Funeral services for De Laurentiis will be held Monday
  9. ^ Arnold, Laurence (11 November 2010). "Dino De Laurentiis, Producer of Film Spectacles, Dies at 91". Business Week. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Reuters (11 November 2010). "Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis dies". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 

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