Philip D'Antoni (February 19, 1929 – April 15, 2018), was an Academy Award-winning film producer and director. He was best known for The French Connection (1971).[2][3]

Philip D'Antoni
BornFebruary 19, 1929
DiedApril 15, 2018(2018-04-15) (aged 89)
Resting placeGate of Heaven Cemetery[1]
OccupationFilm producer, film director
Spouse(s)Ruth D'Antoni (Wiederecht)


D'Antoni 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 produced and directed 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)


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.


  1. ^ Philip D'Antoni
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Carras, Christi; Carras, Christi (April 23, 2018). "Philip D'Antoni, 'The French Connection' Producer, Dies at 89". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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