Arnold Schwarzenegger has paid tribute to Dino De Laurentiis, crediting the late producer with giving him his "first big break in the movie business".
The Italian film legend, who worked on over 500 films throughout his long-running career, passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday (11Nov10) at the age of 91.
De Laurentiis handed Schwarzenegger his first major film role when he hired him to play the lead in 1982's Conan The Barbarian, and the actor-turned-politician admits he always looked on the producer as a father figure.
He says, "The world lost a great entrepreneur, genius and salesman today with the passing of Dino De Laurentiis. Dino always treated me like a son and gave me my first big break in the movie business with Conan The Barbarian, which launched my career.
"Dino always said you need three things in life: brains, heart and balls, and I hope I've exemplified that advice throughout my career.
"Maria (Schwarzenegger's wife) and I join millions of people around the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to Dino's friends and family as we remember a life lived to its fullest."