Steve Conte (January 16, 1920 – April 28, 1997) was an Italian-born actor who immigrated with his family to the United States in the early 1920s. He often played henchmen, thugs, and criminal types, besides playing ethnicities. His career lasted nearly thirty-seven years in both film and television. He appeared in approximately fifty different television series and more than thirty films. He worked at least a half dozen times with B Grade director Jerry Warren.
Conte was born in Gagliato, Italy. He came with his family via boat to New York. His adolescent years were spent in New York as well. During World War II, he was based in Europe as part of the United States Army Air Corps, the forerunner of the United States Air Force. After the war, he married his wife Shirley, by whom he had two children. Their marriage lasted until their divorce in the 1950s. In 1992, he was reunited with his son Steve, who was born in 1960 and placed for adoption. He died of Alzheimer’s disease on April 28, 1997, at the age of 77. He was buried at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
As a character actor, he was able to have a good run of work for some time. Many of the roles that he played were of the rugged type.
One of Conte’s earliest roles was in 1950 as the road agent in “Shotgun Messenger”, the first episode of The Marshal of Gunsight Pass. Also the same year he played Matt Riley in the Western film Gunfire. The following year he played the Apache kid in the “Ten Thousand Reward” episode of The Range Rider. Also that year he played Henchman Mac in Cattle Queen. In 1959, he played Whorf in Teenage Zombies.
In 1952, Conte was cast as a villain, Jerry, in the 1952 episode, “Self Made Man,” of Death Valley Days.
In 1960, Conte guest starred in the M Squad episode, “The Man Who Lost His Brain”. He appeared that same year in Overland Trail in the episode, “All the O’Mara Horses.” In 1962, he played Cabot in Terror of the Bloodhunters. In 1966, he appeared in The Wild World of Batwoman (1966).