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Tom Conti is one of the most popular Scottish actors of the 20th century

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BirthdayNovember 22, 1941
NationalityScottish
FamousScottish Men, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesKara Wilson (1967–present)
Known asThomas Antonio Conti
Childrens Nina Conti
Birth PlacePaisley, Scotland
Height180cm
GenderMale
FatherAlfonso Conti
MotherMary Conti
Net Worth$78 Million as of February 8,2017
Sun SignScorpio
Born inPaisley, Scotland
Famous asActor

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Who is Tom Conti?

Tom Conti is one of the most popular Scottish actors of the 20th century who has made his mark in all forms of entertainment, be it films, television or stage. In his four decades and counting career, he has adorned various roles, as an actor, director, author and so on. Coming from a non-media background—his parents being hairdressers—it was difficult for Conti to settle down as an actor. However, his strong will and determination to pursue his passion backed his modest start thus helping him make a firm ground. Conti’s first taste of success was in 1979 for the Broadway play, ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ Until then, Conti had done several theatrical plays, television shows and films but success eluded until ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ happened. The play garnered for him much popularity, stardom and applause. He was credited with several important awards, including the prestigious Tony Award. Following this, he made several noteworthy performances in films like ‘Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence’, ‘Reuben, Reuben’, ‘Shirley Valentine’, ‘Streetdance 2’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and so on.

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Childhood & Early Life

Tom Conti was born as Thomas Antonio Conti on November 22, 1941, in Paisley, Renfrewshire to Mary and Alfonso Conti. He is of mixed ancestry; his mother is Scottish and his father is Italian Both his parents were hairdressers. Though brought up as a Roman Catholic, Conti became anti-religious later on.

Conti gained his early education at Hamilton Park School. During the initial days, Conti trained himself as a classical pianist. However, he gave up his musical career to pursue acting while attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

Career

Conti had his first stint with acting at the age of eighteen. He was cast for Citizen's Theatre's 1959 production ‘The Roving Boy’. Same year, he began working with the Dundee Repertory.

Throughout the decade of 1960s, Conti meagrely survived. Except for sporadic television appearances here and there, Conti’s acting career was largely doomed to the point that he even thought of giving it up permanently to pursue a career in medicine for a steady income.

In 1972, the struggling actor performed for the play, ‘The Black and White Ministrels’ at the Transverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival. His performance in the play earned him a place in the religious television drama series, ‘Adam Smith’. This led to the beginning of a more promising acting career.

Following his 1972 television breakthrough, Conti did not give up on his on-stage appearance. He continued to star in plays, making his debut on the London stage in 1973 with the Christopher Hampton play ‘Savages’.

In 1974, he performed at the Hampstead theatre for ‘Other People’ and ‘Don Juan’; in ‘Don Juan’, he played the title role.

Year 1975 was an important year career-wise for Conti. He starred as Charles Bovary for the television mini-series ‘Madame Bovary’ alongside Francesca Annis and Gabrielle Llyod. Same year he made his debut on big screen with the film, ‘Slade in Frame’. Later that year, a biopic on scientist Galileo Galilee ‘Galileo’ had him don the role of Andrea Sarti.

Conti gained limelight for playing a significant role of a Jewish novelist, Adam Morris, in the 1976 British television drama, ‘The Glittering Prizes’. The series focused on the changing lives of a group of Cambridge students.

In 1977, Conti gave a stellar performance in the televised adaptation of the trilogy of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, ‘The Norman Conquests’ wherein he played the title role of Norman. The show was a major hit with the audience.

In 1979, came the big breakthrough of Conti’s career with ‘Whose Life It Is Anyway?’ A theatrical adaptation of an eponymous 1972 televised play was first premiered at the Mermaid Theatre and later made its way to Broadway. It marked Conti’s first ticket to Broadway as well. Conti’s role of a paralyzed sculpture gained remarkable appreciation from the audience and also a couple of awards.

His superlative success in Broadway and London theatres set the stage for a commendable film career. The decade of 1980s had Conti star in noteworthy films including ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and ‘Reuben, Reuben’. While the former earned him praise for stellar performance, the latter won him an Academy Award nomination.

Conti went on to star in many other films in the decade of 1980s including ‘American Dreamer’, ‘Saving Grace’, ‘Heavenly Pursuits’ and ‘Roman Holiday’. Though the films did not fare exceedingly well at the box office, they did helped Conti to keep it going for him professionally.

Conti ended the 1980s with the film, ‘Shirley Valentine’. Apart from films, he starred in various television shows including ‘Blade on the Feather’, ‘Rosemary's Baby’, ‘The Wall’, ‘Faerie Tale Theatre’, ‘Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story’, ‘The Dumb Waiter’ and so on.

The decade of 1990s had Conti star in a couple of big screen projects including ‘Someone Else’s America’, ‘Something To Believe In’, ‘Don’t Go Breaking by Heart’ and so on.

During the mid-1990s, he guest appeared on ‘Friends’ and ‘Cosby’, and starred opposite Nigel Hawthorne in a long-running series of Vauxhall Astra car advertisements in the UK.

In 2004, Conti made his debut in the world of literature with his debut novel, ‘The Doctor’. It was about a former Secret Operations pilot with Intelligence Services. Following year, he starred in the British-American crime thriller film, ‘Derailed’ which was based on the eponymous novel.

He appeared in the hit BBC sitcom ‘Miranda’ alongside Miranda Hart and Patricia Hodge, as Miranda's father, in the 2010 seasonal episode ‘The Perfect Christmas’. Same year, he appeared in two films, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘A Closed Book’.

In 2012, Conti made his big screen presence with three films, ‘Streetdance 2’, ‘Run For Your Wife’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Other than appearing in films, television and theatre, Conti has donned the cap of a stage director as well for three plays namely, ‘Otherwise’ Engaged’, ‘Present Laughter’ and “the Last of the Red Hot Lovers’. Interestingly, two of them had his wife play opposite to him.

Major Works

The magnum opus of Conti’s career came in 1979 with the play, ‘Whose Life It Is Anyway?’ Interestingly, the play marked Conti’s debut in Broadway as well. The play was a huge hit and established Conti’s reputation as a talented actor. His remarkable portrayal of the role of a paralyzed sculptor gained widespread appreciation from the audience. It also won him several awards.

Conti’s film career saw heights with the release of the film, ‘Reuben Reuben’. Released in 1983, this dramedy (comedy and drama) earned acclaim both critically and commercially. Conti was praised for playing to perfection the titular role of Gowan McGland. He even received Academy and Golden Globe award nominations.

Awards & Achievements

Conti portrayal of the London and Broadway play, ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ earned him a couple of prestigious awards including Tony Award for Best Actor, Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play and Variety Club Award for Best Actor.

His performance in the films ‘Rueben, Rueben’ and ‘Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence’ earned him National Board of Review for Best Actor award. He also received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Actor for ‘Reuben, Reuben’He twice received Golden Globe nominations for ‘Reuben, Reuben’ and ‘Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story’

Personal Life & Legacy

Tom Conti tied the nuptial knot with Scottish actress, Kara Wilson, in 1967. The couple is blessed with a daughter, Nina, who is an actress and ventriloquist.

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Tom Conti biography timelines

  • // 22nd Nov 1941
    Tom Conti was born as Thomas Antonio Conti on November 22, 1941, in Paisley, Renfrewshire to Mary and Alfonso Conti. He is of mixed ancestry; his mother is Scottish and his father is Italian Both his parents were hairdressers. Though brought up as a Roman Catholic, Conti became anti-religious later on.
  • // 1959
    Conti had his first stint with acting at the age of eighteen. He was cast for Citizen's Theatre's 1959 production ‘The Roving Boy’. Same year, he began working with the Dundee Repertory.
  • // 1967
    Tom Conti tied the nuptial knot with Scottish actress, Kara Wilson, in 1967. The couple is blessed with a daughter, Nina, who is an actress and ventriloquist.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, the struggling actor performed for the play, ‘The Black and White Ministrels’ at the Transverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival. His performance in the play earned him a place in the religious television drama series, ‘Adam Smith’. This led to the beginning of a more promising acting career.
  • // 1972 To 1973
    Following his 1972 television breakthrough, Conti did not give up on his on-stage appearance. He continued to star in plays, making his debut on the London stage in 1973 with the Christopher Hampton play ‘Savages’.
  • // 1972 To 1979
    In 1979, came the big breakthrough of Conti’s career with ‘Whose Life It Is Anyway?’ A theatrical adaptation of an eponymous 1972 televised play was first premiered at the Mermaid Theatre and later made its way to Broadway. It marked Conti’s first ticket to Broadway as well. Conti’s role of a paralyzed sculpture gained remarkable appreciation from the audience and also a couple of awards.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he performed at the Hampstead theatre for ‘Other People’ and ‘Don Juan’; in ‘Don Juan’, he played the title role.
  • // 1975
    Year 1975 was an important year career-wise for Conti. He starred as Charles Bovary for the television mini-series ‘Madame Bovary’ alongside Francesca Annis and Gabrielle Llyod. Same year he made his debut on big screen with the film, ‘Slade in Frame’. Later that year, a biopic on scientist Galileo Galilee ‘Galileo’ had him don the role of Andrea Sarti.
  • // 1976
    Conti gained limelight for playing a significant role of a Jewish novelist, Adam Morris, in the 1976 British television drama, ‘The Glittering Prizes’. The series focused on the changing lives of a group of Cambridge students.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, Conti gave a stellar performance in the televised adaptation of the trilogy of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, ‘The Norman Conquests’ wherein he played the title role of Norman. The show was a major hit with the audience.
  • // 1979
    The magnum opus of Conti’s career came in 1979 with the play, ‘Whose Life It Is Anyway?’ Interestingly, the play marked Conti’s debut in Broadway as well. The play was a huge hit and established Conti’s reputation as a talented actor. His remarkable portrayal of the role of a paralyzed sculptor gained widespread appreciation from the audience. It also won him several awards.
  • // 1983
    Conti’s film career saw heights with the release of the film, ‘Reuben Reuben’. Released in 1983, this dramedy (comedy and drama) earned acclaim both critically and commercially. Conti was praised for playing to perfection the titular role of Gowan McGland. He even received Academy and Golden Globe award nominations.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, Conti made his debut in the world of literature with his debut novel, ‘The Doctor’. It was about a former Secret Operations pilot with Intelligence Services. Following year, he starred in the British-American crime thriller film, ‘Derailed’ which was based on the eponymous novel.
  • // 2010
    He appeared in the hit BBC sitcom ‘Miranda’ alongside Miranda Hart and Patricia Hodge, as Miranda's father, in the 2010 seasonal episode ‘The Perfect Christmas’. Same year, he appeared in two films, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘A Closed Book’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Conti made his big screen presence with three films, ‘Streetdance 2’, ‘Run For Your Wife’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

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Tom Conti's FAQ

  • What is Tom Conti birthday?

    Tom Conti was born at 1941-11-22

  • Where is Tom Conti's birth place?

    Tom Conti was born in Paisley, Scotland

  • What is Tom Conti nationalities?

    Tom Conti's nationalities is Scottish

  • Who is Tom Conti spouses?

    Tom Conti's spouses is Kara Wilson (1967–present)

  • Who is Tom Conti childrens?

    Tom Conti's childrens is Nina Conti

  • How tall is Tom Conti?

    Tom Conti's height is 180

  • Who is Tom Conti's father?

    Tom Conti's father is Alfonso Conti

  • Who is Tom Conti's mother?

    Tom Conti's mother is Mary Conti

  • What is Tom Conti's sun sign?

    Tom Conti is Scorpio

  • How famous is Tom Conti?

    Tom Conti is famouse as Actor