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Notable TV Guest Appearances

The Loretta Young Show (1955)
Danced with Loretta Young

The Hollywood Palace (circa 1965)
Danced "Bill Bailey" with Ann Miller

The Wild Wild West (December 15, 1967)
"The Night of the Running Death" (episode 6715)
Jeff Smith (credited as Dante D'Paulo)

Agent James West attempts to rescue a man called Mr. Markham from a masked assailant who flees the scene of the crime. As Markham lays dying, he utters two words - "enzo" and "silver." Meanwhile, Agent Artemus Gordon has joined a troupe of entertainers traveling to Denver under the leadership of casino operator Kohner. Gordon, who is posing as a Shakespearean actor, learns that a man called Enzo has a girl friend, Topaze. She is a dancer with the troupe, probably working under an assumed name, and is on her way to meet Enzo in Denver. Dierdre, a dancer, attempts to pass some information to West but a jealous Kohner interrupts them and engages the agent in a fight with him and El Bardhoom, a huge weight lifter. Later, Artemus hears a strange voice coming from one of the wagons and West thinks it's the voice of Markham's masked killer. When West goes to meet Dierdre at midnight, he discovers that she too has been slain by an unseen assailant.

The Night of the Running Death was not an accident-free episode. Stuntman Red West recalled a stunt that did not go as smoothly as planned. In the scene where West gets information from a drifter, the former helps the latter "improve" his memory by throwing his body into the piano. West said, "It was a mistake, because the piano was a break-away prop that didn't break away. The only thing that was break-away was my head. I was knocked unconscious and split my head open. No one knew, and the scene continued, until Ross looked down and started to panic. He yelled, "Cut! Cut! Red is hurt....stop shooting!"

Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom; Written by Edward J. Lasko; Jeff Smith: Dante D'Paulo; Pete: Dub Taylor; Kohner: Jason Evers; Markham: Don Rizzan; Enzo: T.C. Jones; El Bardhoom: Jerry Laveroni; Gerta: Karen Arthur; Alice: Laurie Burton; Diedre: Maggie Thrett; Joan: Britt Nilsson

Unscripted (2005)
AN HBO program directed by his nephew George Clooney. Dante plays an aging dancer.


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