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Film producer Dino De Laurentiis dead at 91, family confirms

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • De Laurentiis produced more than 160 films and was nominated for 35 Oscars
  • "He was my biggest champion in life," granddaughter Glada De Laurentiis says
  • Among his credits were "La Strada," "Barbarella," "Serpico," "King Kong"
  • He also had a reputation for backing some big-budget bombs, like "Dune"

(CNN) -- The family of Dino De Laurentiis has confirmed the film producer's death to CNN.

A statement from Raffaella De Laurentiis, family spokesperson and daughter of Dino De Laurentiis, said he died at 10 p.m. PT Wednesday at his Beverly Hills, California, home, surrounded by family. He was 91.

In a separate statement, his granddaughter, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, said, "My grandfather was a true inspiration. He was my biggest champion in life and a constant source for wisdom and advice. I will miss him dearly."

De Laurentiis produced more than 160 films and was nominated for 35 Oscars. He won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film for 1954's "La Strada," directed by fellow Italian Federico Fellini, according to imdb.com.

He produced the Jane Fonda cult classic "Barbarella" in 1968 and moved to the United States shortly after, according to Digital Spy.

He also had a reputation for backing big-budget bombs, but there were many successes, both critically and at the box office.

Among his credits are "Serpico," "Three Days of the Condor," "Flash Gordon," "Dune" and the 1976 remake of "King Kong."

He did not produce "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1991 but did take charge of sequels "Hannibal" and "Hannibal Rising," according to DigitalSpy.