Richard Conte (March 24, 1910 – April 15, 1975) was an American actor who appeared in films such as I'll Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather(Film) (as Emilio Barzini). He was born Nicholas Conte of Italian ancestry in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of a barber. His mothers name was Marie,later called Mary. In 1935, Conte was spotted by Elia Kazan and John Garfield when he was working as an entertainer at a Connecticut resort, which led to Conte finding stage work. Conte eventually earned a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he became a standout actor. The 5 ft 8 in Conte became a Broadway actor in the late-1930s, starring in such plays as Night Music and Walk Into My Parlor. That lead to his first film performance in 1939, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence.