11:29 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 11/11/2010 01:05PM
Dino De Laurentiis, one of the last of the cigar-chomping movie moguls, died Thursday in Los Angeles, his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis has confirmed. He was 91.
Colorful, bold and tough, De Laurentiis produced some 500 movies that spanned the works of Italian masters Federico Fellini and Roberto Rossellini to, starting in the 1960s, Hollywood's Serpico, Three Days of the Condor, Death Wish, Blue Velvet and the much-maligned, but still entertaining, 1976 remake of King Kong.
"My grandfather was a true inspiration. He was my biggest champion in life and a constant source for wisdom and advice. I will miss him dearly," Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis, 40, told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
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