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Real Name: Francis Albert Sinatra
Birth Place: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Birth Date: December 12, 1915
Occupation: Soundtrack, Actor, Producer

Frank Sinatra Biography

Growing up on the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey, made Frank Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A. system), he eventually got work as a band singer, first with The Hoboken Four then with Harry James, then Tommy Dorsey. With the help of George Evans (Sinatra's genius press agent), his image was shaped into that of a street thug and punk who was saved by his first wife, Nancy. In 1942 he started his solo career, instantly finding fame as the king of the bobbysoxers - the young women and girls who were his fans - becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. About that time his film career was also starting in earnest, striking box-office gold early on with a lead role in Anchors Aweigh (1945), a Best Picture nominee at the 1946 Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film against intolerance, The House I Live In (1946). His career on a high, Sinatra went from strength-to-strength on record, on stage and on screen, peaking in 1949, once again with Gene Kelly, in the MGM musical On the Town (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949). A controversial public affair with screen siren Ava Gardner broke up his marriage to Nancy Barbato. Record sales dwindled in the early 1950s and although Sinatra continued to act, now, appearing in more dramatic fare such as Meet Danny Wilson (1951), a vocal cord haemorrhage all but ended his career. He fought back, winning the coveted role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953). He won an Oscar for best supporting actor and followed this with a scintillating performance as a deranged assassin in Suddenly (1954) and arguably a career best performance and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in the powerful drama The Man With the Golden Arm (1955). Known as "One-Take Charlie" for his approach to acting that strove for spontaneity and energy, rather than perfection, he was an instinctive actor who was best at playing parts that mirrored his own personality. He continued to give strong and memorable performances in such films as Guys and Dolls (1955), The Joker is Wild (1957) and Some Came Running (1958). In the 1960s Sinatra became mildly prolific as a producer bringing such films as A Hole in the Head (1959), Sergeants 3 (1963) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) to the big screen. Lighter roles along side Rat Pack buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr were lucrative, especially the famed Ocean's 11 (1960), however, Sinatra alternated such projects with more stern offerings, namely The Manchurian Candidate, arguably Sinatra's finest picture, and his directorial debut, None But the Brave, which was the first Japanese/American co-production. That same year Von Ryan's Express (1965) was a box office sensation. In 1967 Sinatra returned to familiar territory in Sidney J. Furie's The Naked Runner (1967), one again playing as assassin in his only film to be shot in the U.K. and in Germany. That same year he starred as private investigator Tony Rome (1967), a role he reprised in the sequel, Lady in Cement (1968). He also starred with Lee Remick in The Detective (1968) a film daring for its time and a major box office success. After appearing in the comic western Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) Sinatra refrained from acting for a further seven years until producing the made-for-TV movie Contract on Cherry Street (1977). Based on the novel by William J. Rosenberg, this fable of vigilante cops turning vigilante against the mob boasted a stellar cast and was a ratings success. Sinatra returned to the big screen in The First Deadly Sin (1980) once again playing a New York detective with a moving, understated performance that was a fitting coda to his career as a leading man. He made one more appearance on the big screen with a cameo in Cannonball Run II (1984) and a final acting performance in Magnum P.I. in 1987 as a retired detective seeking vengeance on the killers of his granddaughter in an episode entitled Laura.

Frank Sinatra Movies / TV-Shows

The Oscars (2017)
Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President (2017)
Dear Eleanor (2016)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)
Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)
Six by Sondheim (2013)
Elvis Found Alive (2012)
Facing Ali (2009)
The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (2008)
Thrilla in Manila (2008)
Pioneers of Television (2008)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)
The Bronx Is Burning (2007)
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)
Joy Division: Under Review (2006)
Elvis Presley: From the Beginning to the End (2004)
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (2003)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)
Sinatra: The Classic Duets (2002)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (2000)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997)
Century of Cinema A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Room 101 (1994)
American Justice: Target - Mafia (1993)
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event (1989)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Biography (1987)
American Masters (1985)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Who's the Boss? (1984)
This Is Elvis (1981)
Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music (1981)
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
ABC News Nightline (1980)
The First Deadly Sin (1980)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra (1978)
20/20 (1978)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
The World at War (1973)
Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (1973)
Great Performances (1971)
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
The Detective (1968)
Lady in Cement (1968)
Tony Rome (1967)
Mondo Hollywood: Hollywood Laid Bare! (1967)
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Assault on a Queen (1966)
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
None But the Brave (1965)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
Top of the Pops (1964)
Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
4 for Texas (1963)
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
The Victors (1963)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Sergeants 3 (1962)
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Advise & Consent (1962)
X-15 (1961)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Pepe (1960)
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Never So Few (1959)
Kings Go Forth (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
Pal Joey (1957)
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
High Society (1956)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Not as a Stranger (1955)
The Tender Trap (1955)
Suddenly (1954)
Young at Heart (1954)
The Magical World of Disney (1954)
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Meet Danny Wilson (1952)
Double Dynamite (1951)
The Jack Benny Program (1950)
On the Town (1949)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
The Milton Berle Show (1948)
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
The House I Live In (1945)
Ship Ahoy (1942)

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