Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

82 (passed away May. 14th, 1998)
Dec. 12th, 1915
Born in
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
5' 7"

Frank Sinatra's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast TV Show
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast
American Masters TV Show
American Masters
Bob Hope's Birthday Memories TV Show
Bob Hope's Birthday Memories
The Frank Sinatra Show TV Show
The Frank Sinatra Show
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (UK) TV Show
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (UK)
The Pinky and Perky Show TV Show
The Pinky and Perky Show
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell TV Show
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell

Main Movie Roles

2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 - I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
2002 - The Kid Stays in the Picture
1997 - L.A. Confidential
1988 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1985 - That's Dancing!
1984 - Cannonball Run II
1970 - Dirty Dingus Magee
1968 - The Detective
1968 - Lady in Cement
1967 - Mondo Hollywood
1967 - Tony Rome
1966 - Cast a Giant Shadow
1966 - Assault on a Queen
1965 - None But the Brave
1965 - Von Ryan's Express
1964 - Paris - When It Sizzles
1964 - Robin and the 7 Hoods
1963 - 4 for Texas
1963 - The Victors
1963 - The List of Adrian Messenger
1963 - A New Kind of Love
1962 - Advise & Consent
1962 - The Manchurian Candidate
1962 - The Road to Hong Kong
1962 - Sergeants 3
1961 - The Devil at 4 O'Clock
1960 - Can-Can
1960 - Ocean's Eleven
1959 - Never So Few
1959 - A Hole in the Head
1956 - Around the World in Eighty Days
1956 - High Society
1955 - The Tender Trap
1955 - The Man with the Golden Arm
1954 - Young at Heart
1954 - Suddenly
1953 - From Here to Eternity
1949 - Take Me Out to the Ball Game
1949 - On the Town
1948 - The Miracle of the Bells
1946 - Till the Clouds Roll By
1945 - Anchors Aweigh
1944 - Step Lively
1943 - Higher and Higher
1942 - Ship Ahoy

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Retired Police Sergeant Michael Doheny
Stage Manager
[Complete List]


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 (I), 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.

  • Second cousin of composer/arranger/conductor 'Raymond Sinatra' (qv). Ray Sinatra's father was a cousin of his father.
  • Member (leader) of the "Rat Pack" - 'Dean Martin (I)' (qv), 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'Sammy Davis Jr.' (qv), 'Peter Lawford' (qv) and 'Joey Bishop (I)' (qv). All appeared in _Ocean's Eleven (1960)_ (qv) and _Sergeants 3 (1962)_ (qv).
  • Called "Something", written by 'George Harrison (I)' (qv) and performed by 'The Beatles' (qv), one of his favorite songs.
  • He was known for his mercurial personality, as all those who were close to him knew, he could be as sweet as a person could be one minute and equally as nasty and violent in the next moment. Some theorized that he was bipolar.
  • When Sinatra first met 'Mia Farrow' (qv) in 1964, he was 48 and she was 19, a fact that prompted 'Dean Martin (I)' (qv) to quip that he owned a bottle of Scotch older than Farrow.
  • Made no further public appearances after suffering a heart attack in January 1997.
  • Father of 'Nancy Sinatra (I)' (qv), 'Tina Sinatra' (qv), and 'Frank Sinatra Jr.' (qv).
  • Is one of only five actors/actresses to have both a #1 single and an Oscar for acting. The others are 'Cher (I)' (qv), 'Barbra Streisand' (qv), 'Jamie Foxx' (qv), and 'Bing Crosby' (qv).

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