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.
- He started singing at age 12.
- Father of five daughters: Alexandra, Amanda, Alicia, Anthea and Amelia.
- He wrote "Lonely Boy" for his mother, who died of a liver disease.
- He is friends with 'Ryan Reynolds (I)' (qv) and meets him once in a while (according to Ryan).
- Played himself on an episode of _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv).
- His song "Times of Your Life", originally a commercial jingle for Kodak cameras, was a Billboard #1 pop hit in 1973.
- Married his second wife, 'Anna ┼berg' (qv), in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. They have one son, Ethan (b. 2004).
- Father of 'Amanda Anka' (qv).