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History Has Taught Me

My Biography

Michael Dante

When I was nine I almost drowned. It’s like watching television. There was no pain and it was a very serene experience. Thank God my next-door neighbor, Anna Capana, was there to rescue me. She saved my life.

My favorite memory from Cloonan Junior High School is that I was voted the most athletic boy and the shyest boy in school.

My first love was baseball and I fulfilled the dream I had since I was nine years old, and went to Major League spring training with the American League Washington Senators.

My idol growing up was Joe DiMaggio. When I first saw Joe, as a nine-year-old kid at Yankee Stadium, I knew I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player, just like him. And to think one day he would become my friend... Amazing!

If it wasn’t for Mary Jane, my life would not be complete. We are a team. We love each other and are blessed to be together.

For my money, the best Western ever made is John Ford’s Stagecoach, starring John Wayne and a great cast of supporting actors.

I was one of the last Hollywood studio contract players.I was under contract to MGM, Warner Brothers and Twentieth Century-Fox.

Working with Budd Boetticher taught me why he was a great director. He gave me my first starring role in Westbound. I played a one-armed soldier boy, returning home from the Civil War.

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