John Conte

John Conte (15 September 1915 — 4 September 2006) was a stage and film actor and television broadcaster. Conte was born in Palmer, Massachusetts. His Mother Maria (Mary) migrated to the United States, from Calabria, with her lifelong friend Francesca Cuda, who moved to Los Angeles before the Conte family. To be closer to her friend Francesca, his family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was a teenager. After he graduated from Lincoln High School he began working as a radio actor and singer. One of his first regular roles was on the Burns and Allen radio show in the 1940s. In 1947 he appeared in Rodgers and Hammerstein's short-lived Broadway musical Allegro. He returned to Broadway in 1950 to appear in the musical Arms and the Girl. Conte's television career began with an appearance with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. He hosted Matinee Theater, a live-drama series on NBC that was one of the first daytime shows on network television. His major film role was "Drunky" in the 1955 movie The Man with the Golden Arm. In 1968 he and his wife, Sirpuhe Philibosian Conte, launched KMIR-TV, a UHF station in the Palm Springs–Rancho Mirage market.


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