The Kerrville Times from Kerrville, Texas on June 2, 1991 · Page 47
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Conte made film debut in '43 Marilyn Mayes of San Antonio writes, "/ saw a movie on TV the other night that starred Richard Conte. What has happened to the actor?" Nicholas Peter Conte was born March 24,1910, in Jersey City, N.J. He was the son of a barber father and a seamstress mother. Conte grew up in the New Jersey slums in a rat-infested tenement sandwiched between a brass foundry and a coal yard. He quit school while still a teen-ager and went to work driving a truck. After moving to New York, he worked as a Wall Street messenger, a shoe salesman and a combination waiter-barber- dancer for female guests at an East Coast summer resort After watching the Clifford Odets play "Waiting For Lefty," Conte decided he wanted to be an actor. He secured a scholarship from the Neighborhood Playhouse. Two-years later the I wonder what to...? happened; Group Theater, under the direction of Elia Kazan, gave him a major role in William Soroyan's "My Heart's In lhe ! Highlands" (1939). In 1942, heiwas cast as the playwright in ''Jason." Critic George lean Nathan hailed him as the Wear's most outstanding actor." The following year he starred irj "The Family," which resulted in him securing a contract with 20th Century- Fox Studios in Hollywood. Conte made his film debut playing a captain in "Guadalcanal Dairy" (1943). Fox then starred him repeatedly as a military man — a lieutenant in "Purple Heart," a sergeant in "Bell For Adano," and a private in "A Walk In The Sun." In between playing a soldier, Conte, who was billed on screen as "Richard," starred in such films as "113 Rue Madeline," "Slaves of Babylon," "Call Northside 777," "Cry of the City," "New York Confidential," "Bengazi," "I'll Cry Tomorrow," "Full of Life" and "They Came To Cordura." He is probably best known for his performance as a California fruit trucker in "Thieves Highway." In later years, he would up being typecast as a gangster in such films as "Tony Rome" and "The Godfather." Conte and his first wife, Ruth Strome, an actress, divorced in 1963. He had been married to his second wife Colleen for two years when on April 3,1975, he suffered a massive bean attack and stroke. He died 13 days later in the intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center. — By MICHAEL BOWLIN Address your questions to "I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO ... ?," P.O. Box 1428, Kerrville 78029. Hill Country Television Some drinkers 'hidden' 19 The New York Times Magazine Crossword Puzzle Q. What proportion of people over 60 are "problem drinkers"? A. Maybe 10 percent. That's suggested by one study. Statistics are untrustworthy, though. So many retired people don't have to answer to anyone that heavy drinkers among them create a hidden group of unknown size. Gets mighty hot in Siberia. More than 100 degrees F. sometimes. Q. Which is the fiercest Tighter, the female tiger or the male? A. Female, evidently. When she has a litter, the male oftentimes tries to kill the cubs. But can't. Not with her there. You'll never guess who invented the mimeograph. Yes you will. Thomas A. Edison. WESTERN SUNRISE? Fix that! "You said westbound jet pilots sometimes see the sunrise in the west. Please note, they only overtake the sun that way when they fly at a latitude above 65 degrees north, say over Alaska." A giraffe will drink water about once a week. Remarkable now generations ad just to their environ- L.M. BOYD mcnts. If the giraffe were native to rain country, it'd probably need 10 drinks a day, what? Q. What was the name of that tavern in Deadwood, S.D., where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered? A. "Number Ten Saloon." An Irish expert named Brian Dcbreffny has contended the Irish generally have more English and French genes than Celtic. TEDDY'S TRICK Teddy Roosevelt's prescription for contentment: "Do what you can with what you've got wherever you are." Remember that. In Vegas. Pygmies of the Ituri Forest in Central Africa average 8.6 pounds at birth. (C) CROWN SYNDICATE. INC., 1M1 Solution on Page 11 ACROSS 1 A golf stroke 5 Aspirin target 9 Chest sound 13 Colorful fish 17 Pianist Gilels 18 Hitler's mistress 19 Particulars 21 citato 22 Nick's spouse 23 Lofty sanctum 24 Jury 25 Pour forth 26 Tennyson title 28 Popular hymn, with "The" 30 Korea Bay feeder 31 Amphora 33 Liking, in Lyons 34 Ball game for 20 37 Do a double take 39 Freshwater turtle 44 Summons to court 45 Changed one's status 47 Indian of N.M 48 Tolkien horse 49 drop of a hat 50 Start of a tot's chant 51 Alternate Answers to any three clues in this puzzle are available by touch-tone phone: 1-900-420 5656 (7M each minute). ROOD AWAKENINGS /3 ;• A I f i o M i c c i / P n zz I e s II d i t e d by H 11 g t n e T . M a I e s k a No. 0526 movie shots 52 Problem in some concert halls 53 Life stories, briefly 54 Flock of quail 56 Seriaor comique preceder 57 More uncertain 59 Stop, in Montreal 60 Rejects disdainfully 61 Wright wings 62 Focal point 63 Baker's aide 64 Mortarboard , feature 67 City in Puerto Ricp 68 Ariel's boss 72 Crockett's last stand 73 Heat and Jazz 74 Capital of 78 Across 75 Algerian port 76 City on the Adda 77 Sheltered at sea 78 Department of N France 79 Except 80 Getting years 81 Suffer 84 Fonda or Rabbit 85 Uncalled-for 87 Imprimeur's need 88 ".When the Frost the Punkin": Riley 89 Old verb ending 90 NASCAR event 91 A glove leather 94 Ill-tempered 99 De Milleepicof 1932, with "The" 105 U. of New Mexico athlete 106 City on the Po 107 Movement 108 Comment from Garfield 109 Bond's alma mater 110 Beethoven's "Fur " 111 Source of a fragrant oil 112 Soprano Berger 113"... forgive those if 114 Necklace unit 115 LevelaSoho flat 116 Curious DOWN 1 "Chariots of Fire" star 2 Parisian's "Help!" 3 Alpine snowfield 4 Become limp 5 Spinning 6 Choke's locale 7 Starling's N.Z. cousin 8 Sap 9 Comeback 10 "Thereby hangs " 11 Furnish K Crisis 13 Skater Protopopov 14 Quince 15 Etcher's need 16 Kind of bun 18 Allah, Iranian religious leader 20 Calumniated 27 Mast chains 29 A Eur. country 32 " du lieber!" 34 Tamarack 35 Hi from Ho 36 Occurred to a person suddenly 38 Old letters 39 Yeti's homeland 40 With opposing aims 41 Meadowlands horse 42 Entomb 43" a Stranger": Thompson 44 Between hie and hoc 45 Rail supports 46 Used the tub 49" of Divorcement," 1932 Cukor film 54 Gators' kin 55 Old English money 56 Uncloses, in poesy 58 Role for Liz 59 "Judith" composer 60 Tea tidbit 62 Passageway 63 Position for a gymnast 64 Kite's weapon 65 Romberg's "One " 66 Berlin's" Salome" 67 Antae 13 21 25 _ 14 15 16 68 Fares 69 Poet's inspiration 70 Fictional talking bird 71 Lulu 73 Photographer's need 74 One waiting in ambush 77 Record material 78 Forebear 82 Had a hankering 83 Hook: Comb, form 84 Memorable chanteuse 86" Girls" 90 Mrs. Gorbachev 92 Laurie of songdom 93 Peas' spots 94 "lacta est" 95 Barflies 96 Medieval weapon 97 Tops 98 Maumee Bay feeder 100 Mezzo-soprano Petina 101 Feds 102 Deli purchase 103 Long, long periods 104 Intersection

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