Jul. 30th, 1941
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Paul Anka's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Canadian-born Paul Anka first achieved success in the 1950s as a teenage singing star (and, for the times, an unusual one in that he wrote many of his own songs). Although he appeared in several films, and was quite believable as a nervous, hyper young soldier in The Longest Day (1962) (for which he also composed the theme music), Anka's main interest was music, and he concentrated his efforts into composing (he wrote Frank Sinatra's classic "My Way") and nightclub appearances in Las Vegas.
- Was 'Mel Brooks' (qv) first choice for the role of Leo Bloom in "The Producers." Brooks started writing it as a Broadway play called "Springtime for Hitler," and envisioned Anka as the lead character.
- He started singing at age 12.
- Of Lebanese heritage.
- Formerly co-owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators.
- Anka played Sammy Glick for one week in the Broadway musical, "What Makes Sammy Run?" beginning on July 13, 1964.
- Had a song duet with 'Regine Velasquez' (qv) titled "It's Hard To Say Goodbye".
- Father of five daughters: Alexandra, Amanda, Alicia, Anthea and Amelia.
- Wrote the song "Puppy Love" about his romance with 'Annette Funicello' (qv).