Ralph B. Serpe

Film producer and distributor Ralph B. Serpe, 81, died Oct. 24 in Tarzana of cancer.

A longtime associate of Dino De Laurentiis, Serpe started his film career in the late 1940s when he served as VP of the Scalera Film Studios in Rome.

He subsequently helped create the Italian Film Export Corp. to rep Italian films in the U.S.

In 1953, Serpe joined the Ponti-De Laurentiis Corp. (later the Dino De Laurentiis Corp.) where he negotiated production and distribution agreements for “La Strada,””Ulysses,””Nights of Cabiria,””War and Peace,””Barabbas” and “The Bible.”

Serpe formed the production/distribution company Euro Intl. in 1967 and Ralph Serpe Enterprises in 1972, and worked as a producer on De Laurentiis productions “Across 110th Street,””Mandingo,””Drum” and “The Brinks Job.”

Survived by his wife Jane, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Old North Church.

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