Actor Michael Dante at Melvyn’s

Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Actor Michael Dante was the featured speaker at Melvyn’s Restaurant and Lounge in Palm Springs. It was dinner with Michael Dante for a Q&A and book signing. Dante’s new book, From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way, is an autobiography of his life and work in Hollywood and the film industry.
Michael spoke to a sold out event in the Garden Room at Melvyn’s. Dante spoke to the guests about his early life and how he got into films. Cowboy actor Ken Maynard was his idol, and he once had the job of taking care of Maynard’s horse. Another idol was Joe DiMaggio, who later became a good friend.

Dante has worked with some of the greatest actors in the business. He starred in Winterhawk that has become a legendary film. Dante has worked on Stage, in TV shows and movies. He was cast as a one-armed soldier in Arizona Raiders with Audie Murphy. He was once a professional Minor-league Baseball player and can tell great stories about his baseball career.

Dante was given the golden star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 1994. He has appeared in several films with another local actor Fred, The Hammer, Williamson. Dante has been the recipient of the Silver Spur and The Golden Boot Awards.