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Frank Sinatra ACTOR


Frank Sinatra was born on December 12th, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey with the birth name Francis Albert Sinatra.  He was the only child, born to Italian immigrants Natalie Della Garaventa and Antonino Martino Sinatra.  Before completing high school, Sinatra dropped out due to bad behavior with only 47 days left before graduating.  His father was the captain of the fire department and his mother ran an illegal abortion business out of their home.
Sinatra held a couple jobs such as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer Newspaper and as a riveter at a shipyard.  In the 1930's, he began singing as a teenage boy and soon found work in small bars as a saloon singer and worked his way up into joining a band and being their lead singer.  Frank started with the Hoboken Four and when the group appeared on Edward Bowes show, "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" they won 40,000 votes and got first place which earned them a six month contract to perform on stages and radio all through the United States.
When his contract ended in 1935 his mother helped him find work back home as a singing waiter.  During his spare time, he began recording his first song, "Our Love" which caught the attention of Harry James of the James Band who hired Sinatra to work with his group for a one year contract. They released two albums together, "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "All or Nothing At All".  Both albums did not sell so well during that time of his life, but they later resurfaced to sell millions at the height of Sinatra's career.

Soon Sinatra was offered to join one of the top bands, Dorsey Band in 1939 and this was such an amazing opportunity for him, that Harry James allowed him to break his contract.  Just in Sinatra's first year of working with Dorsey's band, more then forty songs were released many topping the charts.   

In 1942 Sinatra decided it was time to start his solo career recording his first solo's without the band.  He signed with Columbia Records in 1943 and he was becoming highly popular amongst the bobbysoxers which was the nickname for teenage girls during that time.  Along with Alec Wilder who was a composer and arranger and a band called the Bobby Tucker Singers, Sinatra recorded nine songs which seven made the top charts again.       
Sinatra soon had the opportunity to work in films and got off to a strong start with the lead role in, "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) co-starring with Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson, which earned a Best Picture nominee.  His next film was a short called, "The House I Live In" (1946) for which he earned a special Oscar for his role.  It was absolutely being shown to the public that there was no stopping him from reaching new heights in his career whether it was with his music or acting capabilities.
Frank proceeded to work on more films such as, "On the Town" (1949) also starring Betty Garrett, Gene Kelly and Ann Miller, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (1949) starring with Gene Kelly and Esther Williams and "Meet Danny Wilson" (1951) co-starring Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol and Raymond Burr.  Things were going well in his career but when media found out he had an affair on his current wife, Nancy Barbato with the film actress, Ava Gardner his record sales began to plummet.  This incident soon followed with one of his vocal cords hemorrhaging almost putting an end to his career.
Sinatra refused though to let anything stop him for pursuing the stardom he sought after and he received another film role in, "From Here to Eternity" (1953) starring Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Warden, which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and then earned a nomination for Best Actor for his role in the film, "The Man With The Golden Arm" (1955).  He proceeded with more successful film roles such as on, "Suddenly" (1954) also starring Sterling Hayden and James Gleason, "Guys and Dolls" (1955) co-starring Marlon Brando, Vivian Blaine and Jean Simmons, "The Joker is Wild" (1957) starring alongside Mitzi Gaynor, Eddie Albert, Jeanne Crain, Beverly Garland and Jackie Coogan, "Some Came Running" (1958) with Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Shirley MacLaine and Arthur Kennedy and of course who could forget "Ocean's 11" (1960) co-starring Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Angie Dickinson, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Richard Conte, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva and Cesar Romero.
Even though he was already an established singer and now film actor, he next took a chance at working as a film producer.  Sinatra produced such films as, "A Hole in the Head" (1959) co-starring with Edward G. Robinson, Joi Lansing, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter and Dub Taylor, "Sergeants 3" (1963) hooking up with old friends again such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Henry Silva and "Robin and the 7 Hoods" (1964) starring with a group of his friends Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Edward G. Robinson, Bing Crosby and Peter Falk.  If this was not enough to add to his resume he then took a chance at directing a film, "None but the Brave" (1965) starring alongside Clint Walker, Tommy Sands and Brad Dexter, which was also the first Japanese/American co-production film.    
Throughout his career as a singer, actor, producer and director he earned a number of nicknames.  First he was known as the king of the bobbysoxers followed by nicknames such as The Voice, Swoonatra, The Sultan of Swoon and La Voz.
During the mid 60's and 70's Sinatra would jump back and forth between acting on television, which he starred in his own show "The Frank Sinatra Show" and welcoming back from 2 years in the military hosted a special Elvis Presley Returns, then appearing on the big screen, recording more music, performing live on stage and still producing more films.  In 1965, the Grammy Award winning Album, "September of My Years" was released followed by the recording, "That's Life" which became one of the Top Ten Hits on the US Billboard's pop charts.  Then on television he appeared in the movie, with Ella Fitzgerald on, "A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim" (1967) and that same year was also back on the big screen in, "Tony Rome" and "The Detective' (1968).      

Sinatra then focused back on producing films and refrained from acting for about seven years.  He produced a number of television and big screen films such as, "Contract on Cherry Street" (1977), "The First Deadly Sin" (1980) joined by Faye Dunaway, James Whitmore and Brenda Vaccaro and "All-Star Inaugural Gala" (1981) with Debby Boone, Dean Martin, Rich Little, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Ethel Merman, Johnny Carson, Donny Osmond, James Stewart, Mel Tillis and Charley Pride.  He also acted in, "The First Deadly Sin" playing a New York detective.  His final two screen performances were in the film, "Cannonball Run II" (1984) and on the television series, "Magnum, P.I." (1987).
Even though he had retired from acting, Frank Sinatra had not retired from entertaining.  He returned to the stage performing live concerts all over the world to sold out audiences.  He even returned to Capital Studios to record his final albums, Duet and Duets II.
After his marriage ended with his first wife Nancy, he married Ava Gardner from 1951 through 1957.  His third marriage was to actress Mia Farrow from 1966 through 1968 and his fourth time to marry was to Barbara Marx from 1976 until he passed away on May 14th, 1998 in Los Angeles, California from heart and kidney disease as well as bladder cancer. 
He only had children with his first wife, two daughters, actress Nancy Sinatra and Tina and a son, Frank Sinatra Jr.  Along with his lengthy and amazing resume in the entertainment industry he was also a business man having part ownership of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  In addition,  he was a very talented painter and designed the cover art to some of his albums.  Sinatra was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named Entertainer of the Century in 2000.
Frank Sinatra also never had to interrupt his career to serve during World War II due to having a ruptured eardrum which he received at birth during forceps delivery.  However, as it is known, Mr. Sinatra did serve his country and the rest of the world with his amazing talents and his charitable ways.  He was even awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1971 Academy Awards for his many contributions to charity over the years.   

Frank Sinatra was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for Recording, one for Television and one for his contribution to the Movie Industry.

Frank Sinatra was interred at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.  On May 20th, 1998 his funeral service was held in Beverly Hills, California at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd.  Over 1000 fans gathered outside the church and gave Mr. Sinatra one final applause as his coffin left the Church.


1987 Magnum, P.I.
1980 The First Deadly Sin 
1977 Contract on Cherry Street 
1976 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
1970 Dirty Dingus Magee 
1968 Lady in Cement 
1968 The Detective 
1967 Tony Rome 
1967 The Naked Runner 
1966 Assault on a Queen 
1966 Cast a Giant Shadow 
1965 Marriage on the Rocks 
1965 Von Ryan's Express 
1965 None But the Brave 
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods 
1964 Paris When It Sizzles 
1963 4 for Texas 
1963 A New Kind of Love 
1963 Come Blow Your Horn
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
1962 The Manchurian Candidate 
1962 The Road to Hong Kong 
1962 Sergeants 3 
1961 The Devil at 4 O'Clock 
1960 Ocean's Eleven 
1960 Can Can 
1959 Never So Few 
1959 A Hole in the Head 
1958 Some Came Running 
1958 Kings Go Forth 
1957 The Frank Sinatra Show
1957 Pal Joey 
1957 The Joker Is Wild 
1957 The Pride and the Passion 
1956 Around the World in 80 Days
1956 Johnny Concho 
1956 High Society 
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas 
1955 The Man with the Golden Arm 
1955 The Tender Trap 
1955 Guys and Dolls 
1955 Producers' Showcase
1955 Not as a Stranger
1954 Young at Heart 
1954 Suddenly 
1954 Red Skelton Revue
1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour
1953 From Here to Eternity 
1951 Meet Danny Wilson 
1951 Double Dynamite 
1949 On the Town 
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game 
1948 The Kissing Bandit
1948 The Miracle of the Bells 
1947 It Happened in Brooklyn 
1946 The House I Live In
1945 Anchors Aweigh 
1944 Step Lively 
1943 Higher and Higher 
1943 Reveille with Beverly 
1942 Ship Ahoy
1941 Las Vegas Nights    

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