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Richard Conte - original art inside first page of the Art Book - I, Michelangelo, Sculptor, an autobiography and 5 photos

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Richard Conte, my stepfather and my late mother's late husband was a famous actor and also a talented artist, who in this case did something unique by creating an original piece on the first blank page of an Art Book he owned in the 1960's called, I, MICHELANGELO, SCULPTOR an autobiography. I offer this unique placement of original art to you, the collector of the Richard Conte legacy. There are three such art books that Richard or Nicky as he was known to his friends created four pieces of art within the first blank pages. Please see the other books here on Etsy. To know Richard's work as an actor is to appreciate the level of artistry he brought to life. Thank you for your interest. I love Mr. and Mrs Richard Conte with all my heart.

The Book...
I, MICHELANGELO, SCULPTOR an autobiography through letters edited by Irving Stone author of The Agony And The Ecstasy and Jean Stone Irving Stone has written a biographical introduction and bridging material between the letters to create a smooth narrative of Michelangelo's life, but this book is Michelangelo's completely. The letters themselves – written to his family, to his creditors and his debtors, to the Medici, to a succession of artists and Popes – are the main structure of the book. Michelangelo lived to be nearly ninety, and wrote letters for more than sixty-five years of his life. In the several hundred letters utilized, there is a rich, full picture – a verbal self-portrait of the artist.
Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York © 1962
Book: 6 and ½ inches by 9 and ½ inches, 283 pages, 16 illustrations

Five Photos
This lot also includes the five Richard Conte photographs pictured together.

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Richard Conte - Biography
Richard Conte was born Nicholas Peter Conte on March 24, 1910, in New Jersey, the son of an Italian- American barber. Conte held a variety of jobs before becoming a professional actor, including truck driver, Wall Street clerk and singing waiter at a Connecticut resort. In 1935, he was discovered by actors Elia Kazan and John Garfield during his job at the Connecticut resort, which led to Conte finding stage work. He eventually earned a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he became a standout actor. He made his Broadway debut late in Moon Over Mulberry Street in 1939, and went on to be featured in other plays, including Night Music and Walk Into My Parlor. That led to his first film performance in 1939, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence, in which he was billed as Nicholas Conte. His career started to thrive during the Second World War, when many Hollywood actors were away in the military. In 1942 Conte signed a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox. He then changed his stage name to Richard Conte. His first Fox film 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. Conte appeared in 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, Conte, now not working for Fox, 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), The Raging Tide (1951), Highway Dragnet (1954) and The Blue Gardenia (1953). In 1959, Conte starred in The Twilight Zone episode Perchance to Dream. Once film noir became less popular in the 1960s Conte’s career was at a standstill. In 1964, he and Anne Francis guest starred in the episode "Hideout" of CBS's short-lived drama The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino in the title role as New York City journalist Danny Taylor, with Gary Merrill as city editor Lou Sheldon. In 1966, Conte landed a supporting role in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Jean Arthur Show. Conte appeared as Lieutenant Dave Santini in two Frank Sinatra crime films, Tony Rome (1967) and Lady in Cement (1968). He had also appeared with Sinatra in the 1960 film Oceans Eleven. In his last American film, Conte acted one of his most memorable performances in The Godfather (1972) as Don Barzini. He was at one time also considered for the title role, a role that Marlon Brando eventually filled. Conte eventually traveled Europe with his wife Colleen and acted in a number of films. His most notable of over sixty films include The Godfather (1972), Oceans Eleven (1960), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Call Northside 777 (1948). Conte was married to the actress Ruth Storey, with whom he fathered a son, film editor Mark Conte. He married his second wife, Shirlee Colleen Garner, in 1973; they remained married until Conte's passing on April 15, 1975, aged 65. He is buried in the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
Richard Conte, my stepfather and my late mother's late husband was a famous actor and also a talented artist, who in this case did something unique by creating an original piece on the first blank page of an Art Book he owned in the 1960's called, I, MICHELANGELO, SCULPTOR an autobiography. I offer this unique placement of original art to you, the collector of the Richard Conte legacy. There are three such art books that Richard or Nicky as he was known to his friends created four pieces of art within the first blank pages. Please see the other books here on Etsy. To know Richard's work as an actor is to appreciate the level of artistry he brought to life. Thank you for your interest. I love Mr. and Mrs Richard Conte with all my heart.

The Book...
I, MICHELANGELO, SCULPTOR an autobiography through letters edited by Irving Stone author of The Agony And The Ecstasy and Jean Stone Irving Stone has written a biographical introduction and bridging material between the letters to create a smooth narrative of Michelangelo's life, but this book is Michelangelo's completely. The letters themselves – written to his family, to his creditors and his debtors, to the Medici, to a succession of artists and Popes – are the main structure of the book. Michelangelo lived to be nearly ninety, and wrote letters for more than sixty-five years of his life. In the several hundred letters utilized, there is a rich, full picture – a verbal self-portrait of the artist.
Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York © 1962
Book: 6 and ½ inches by 9 and ½ inches, 283 pages, 16 illustrations

Five Photos
This lot also includes the five Richard Conte photographs pictured together.

Free Shipping!

***SPECIAL***
Buy all three art books for $2,999. and get a sizable discount. Includes: four original works of Richard Conte art within three art books – The Fauves / I, Michelangelo, Sculptor / The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci – plus FREE shipping. (see all three art books here on Etsy)

Richard Conte - Biography
Richard Conte was born Nicholas Peter Conte on March 24, 1910, in New Jersey, the son of an Italian- American barber. Conte held a variety of jobs before becoming a professional actor, including truck driver, Wall Street clerk and singing waiter at a Connecticut resort. In 1935, he was discovered by actors Elia Kazan and John Garfield during his job at the Connecticut resort, which led to Conte finding stage work. He eventually earned a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he became a standout actor. He made his Broadway debut late in Moon Over Mulberry Street in 1939, and went on to be featured in other plays, including Night Music and Walk Into My Parlor. That led to his first film performance in 1939, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence, in which he was billed as Nicholas Conte. His career started to thrive during the Second World War, when many Hollywood actors were away in the military. In 1942 Conte signed a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox. He then changed his stage name to Richard Conte. His first Fox film 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. Conte appeared in 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, Conte, now not working for Fox, 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), The Raging Tide (1951), Highway Dragnet (1954) and The Blue Gardenia (1953). In 1959, Conte starred in The Twilight Zone episode Perchance to Dream. Once film noir became less popular in the 1960s Conte’s career was at a standstill. In 1964, he and Anne Francis guest starred in the episode "Hideout" of CBS's short-lived drama The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino in the title role as New York City journalist Danny Taylor, with Gary Merrill as city editor Lou Sheldon. In 1966, Conte landed a supporting role in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Jean Arthur Show. Conte appeared as Lieutenant Dave Santini in two Frank Sinatra crime films, Tony Rome (1967) and Lady in Cement (1968). He had also appeared with Sinatra in the 1960 film Oceans Eleven. In his last American film, Conte acted one of his most memorable performances in The Godfather (1972) as Don Barzini. He was at one time also considered for the title role, a role that Marlon Brando eventually filled. Conte eventually traveled Europe with his wife Colleen and acted in a number of films. His most notable of over sixty films include The Godfather (1972), Oceans Eleven (1960), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Call Northside 777 (1948). Conte was married to the actress Ruth Storey, with whom he fathered a son, film editor Mark Conte. He married his second wife, Shirlee Colleen Garner, in 1973; they remained married until Conte's passing on April 15, 1975, aged 65. He is buried in the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.

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