Jul. 30th, 1941
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Paul Anka's Main TV 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.
- Had a song duet with 'Regine Velasquez' (qv) titled "It's Hard To Say Goodbye".
- Formerly co-owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.
- Of Lebanese heritage.
- Lorelai Gilmore's dog on _"Gilmore Girls" (2000)_ (qv) is named after him.
- He started singing at age 12.
- Played himself on an episode of _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv).