D. Constantine Conte, Producer on '48 Hrs.' and Its Sequel, Dies at 77

D. Constantine Conte - H 2015
Courtesy of Anna Petronakis

D. Constantine Conte - H 2015

His credits also include 'Conan the Barbarian,' 'The Presidio' and the recent Pierce Brosnan film 'The November Man.'

D. Constantine Conte, who produced the 1982 Eddie Murphy-Nick Nolte comedy smash 48 Hrs. and its 1990 sequel, has died. He was one day shy of his 78th birthday.

Conte, who also executive produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger breakout hit Conan the Barbarian (1982), died June 24 in Los Angeles after a long illness, his cousin, Anna Petronakis, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Affectionately known as “Dino,” Conte worked often with business partner Fred Caruso, and they collaborated on The Presidio (1988), the action movie starring Sean Connery and Mark Harmon.

He recently served as an executive producer on the Pierce Brosnan starrer The November Man (2014). 

His production companies Zeus God of Gods, Pegasus and Cine-Prod Services brought to audiences such films as Hard to Hold (1984), toplined by Rick Springfield; No Mercy (1986), with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger; and Born Yesterday (1993), starring Melanie Griffith.

A project with Christopher Glatis titled Liberty, on which Conte would have served as producer, is in development, his cousin said.

A native of the Bronx, Conte graduated from the Greek American Institute in New York. While serving with the U.S. Marines, he attended the Presidio Language School in Monterey, Calif., where military intelligence specialists received training in foreign languages. 

In addition to his cousin, survivors include his sister, Peggy, nephews George, Dean, Alexander, Andrew and Nicky, and aunt Katie.

A private family funeral service was held in New York, with a memorial to be held in Los Angeles at a later date.

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