Film producer Dino De Laurentiis dies at 91: Report

Iconic Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis died at age 91 in Beverly Hills, reports Bloomberg. After building a career in his native Italy (where he produced hits like Federico Fellini’s 1957 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner La Strada), De Laurentiis came to Hollywood and earned a reputation for packaging big-budget spectacles like Three Days of the Condor (1975), Conan the Barbarian (1982), and Dune (1984). Although he never took home a Best Picture Oscar, De Laurentiis did receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy in 2001. He is survived by relatives including his granddaughter, celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis.

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  • Templar

    My sympathies to Giada and all of her family.

  • tgb

    “No one cry when Jaws die,” Dino says, his voice rising in passion as he develops his theme. “But when the monkey die, people gonna cry. Intellectuals gonna love Konk; even film buffs who love the first Konk gonna love ours. Why? Because I no give them crap. I no spend two, three million to do quick business. I spend 24 million on my Konk. I give them quality. I got here a great love story, a great adventure. And she rated PG. For everybody.”


  • snarky

    The thought of Giada with John Mayer probably killed him. RIP

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    • ferniesfreckles

      LOL, I was just coming in to say the exact same thing :)


  • Doris

    My sympathies to the DeLaurentiis family, especially to Giada, her brothers & sisters, and to little Jade.

  • Nolan

    RIP, Dino. Plus, I don’t care what anybody says… Orca the Killer Whale was a damn good movie!

  • ks

    Seems this is the best EW can come up with for a man who did so much.
    Prayers go to his family, friends and fans.

    • Karen

      HOPEFULLY, they just put this tidbit out here for people to see the man passed away and will actually do a better story when they have had time. If they took the time to write the story first, there would be people posting under other stories “another story about Glee but nothing about Dino de Laurentiis . . .” I hope that’s why he only got a short tidbit.

  • alm034

    Let’s not forget Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. They never happen without him. Many thanks, sir.

  • franklin

    -Look, water is leaking from the Earth-woman’s eyes.
    -It’s what they call tears. It’s a sign of their weakness.
    Flash Gordon, best movie ever made.
    Thanks Dino. You the man.

  • Stacie

    Thank you Dino for Red Sonja, Conan, Dune, the 1980s!

  • Jay

    Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness and Hiding Out. Oh, and Hannibal! RIP.

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