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Dick Contino

Musician + Actor
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Born Jan 17, 1930
Age 86

Dick Contino is an American accordionist and singer. Contino studied accordion primarily with San Francisco-based Angelo Cognazzo, and occasionally with Los Angeles-based Guido Deiro. Early on he exhibited great virtuosity on the instrument. Although he graduated from Fresno High School in 1947 and enrolled at Fresno State College, he was unable to concentrate on his studies.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born in 1930.

TEENAGE

1947 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Contino studied accordion primarily with San Francisco-based Angelo Cognazzo, and occasionally with Los Angeles-based Guido Deiro. Early on he exhibited great virtuosity on the instrument. Although he graduated from Fresno High School in 1947 and enrolled at Fresno State College, he was unable to concentrate on his studies. … Read More
1948 18 Years Old He won first place in the final round on December 12, 1948 in Washington, D.C.
1949 19 Years Old Contino had a hit single with Lady of Spain in early 1949. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1991 61 Years Old Contino's acting became known to a new generation in 1991, when "Daddy-O," a low-budget 1958 movie in which he played the starring role as a faddishly-dressed beat rebel and singer, became the centerpiece of an episode of the third season of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000." … Read More
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