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Dino De Laurentiis was a film producer who over his 60-year career produced more than 600 films, from King Kong to Serpico to Flash Gordon.
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Both were critical and box office failures.
Much of De Laurentiis’s last works have revolved around the writings of Thomas Harris and his legendary character, Hannibal Lecter. While he did not produce the box office hit Silence of the Lambs (1991), he worked on the sequel Hannibal (2001) and two prequels,
Red Dragon (2002) and Hannibal Rising (2007). Anthony Hopkins reprised his role of the cannibalistic killer in Hannibal and Red Dragon and Gaspard Ulliel played a young version of the character in Hannibal Rising. He also produced The Last Legion (2007) and Virgin Territory (2007).
During his career, De Laurentiis has produced, funded, or otherwise contributed to more than 600 films. In 2000, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of his life’s work.
Married to producer Martha Schumacher in 1990, De Laurentiis and his second wife have two daughters, Carolyna and Dina. He also has three daughters from his first marriage, Veronica, Raffaella, and Francesca. Like her father, Raffaella is also a film producer. Daughter Veronica has worked as an actress and is the mother of celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.
Dino De Laurentiis died in his Beverly Hills home on November 10, 2010 at the age of 91.
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