Paul Anka

Paul Anka

Jul. 30th, 1941
Born in
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5' 6"

Paul Anka's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Dick Clark Show TV Show
The Dick Clark Show
This Is Tom Jones (UK) TV Show
This Is Tom Jones (UK)
Hullabaloo TV Show
Dan Raven TV Show
Dan Raven
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (UK) TV Show
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (UK)
Personality TV Show
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell TV Show
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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.

  • Pictured on one of four 52ó Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring Canadian Recording Artists, issued 29 June 2007. The other stamps pictured 'Gordon Lightfoot' (qv), 'Joni Mitchell' (qv), and 'Anne Murray (I)' (qv).
  • Anka played Sammy Glick for one week in the Broadway musical, "What Makes Sammy Run?" beginning on July 13, 1964.
  • He released a version of the song "Kabhi Kabhie" from the film _Kabhi Kabhie - Love Is Life (1976)_ (qv) starring Indian actor 'Amitabh Bachchan' (qv).
  • Not only did he appear in _The Longest Day (1962)_ (qv), he also composed the main theme for the film.
  • He wrote "Lonely Boy" for his mother, who died of a liver disease.
  • He discovered 'Michael BublÚ' (qv), 'Corey Hart (I)' (qv) and 'David Clayton-Thomas' (qv).
  • 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.
  • Has dual Canadian/American citizenship. Became a U.S. citizen on September 6, 1990.

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