Philip D'Antoni

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Philip D'Antoni (Born February 19, 1929 in New York, NY), is a film producer, known for the groundbreaking, memorable car chases in his dramatic police thrillers Bullitt (1968), The French Connection (1971), and The Seven-Ups (1973).

Awards[edit]

D'Antoni won the Academy Award in 1972 for Best Picture, for The French Connection. He also won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Drama for The French Connection.

Work[edit]

He began his career on television with the production of the specials Sophia Loren in Rome, Elizabeth Taylor in London and Melina Mercouri in Greece.

He produced Bullitt in 1968. In 1973 he was the Director/Producer of The Seven-Ups. After The Seven-Ups, D'Antoni, who held the rights to French Connection II and Gerald Walker's novel, Cruising, eschewed feature filmmaking and turned his attention to television production where he enjoyed a lucrative contract with NBC.

D'Antoni's crime dramas are characterized by a cold, gritty, "street" perspective with documentary style, often filmed during the bleak New York winter months, and offer the viewer a realistic and often dangerous sense of being an insider, as opposed to using glamorous locations or produced sets.

D'Antoni's television production credits include:

  • Elizabeth Taylor in London (1963)
  • Sophia Loren in Rome (1964)
  • The Connection (1973)
  • Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside (1974)
  • In Tandem (1974; pilot film for Movin' On)
  • Movin' On (1974)
  • Strike Force (1975)
  • Shark Kill (1976)

Personal life[edit]

D'Antoni is married to Ruth D'Antoni [Wiederecht].

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