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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made 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 and 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 Barbato. 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--and becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. About that time his film career was also starting in earnest, and after appearances in a few small films, he struck box-office gold with a lead role in Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Gene Kelly, a Best Picture nominee at the 1946 Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film that spoke out against intolerance, The House I Live In (1945). His career on a high, Sinatra went from strength to strength on record, stage and 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 and did his career little good, and his record sales dwindled. He continued to act, although in lesser films such as Meet Danny Wilson (1951), and a vocal cord hemorrhage all but ended his career. He fought back, though, finally securing a role he desperately wanted--Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953). He won an Oscar for best supporting actor and followed this with a scintillating performance as a cold-blooded assassin hired to kill the US President in Suddenly (1954). Arguably a career-best performance--garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor--was his role as a pathetic heroin addict 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, Sinatra 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 late 1950s and 1960s Sinatra became somewhat prolific as a producer, turning out such films as A Hole in the Head (1959), Sergeants 3 (1962) and the very successful Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964). Lighter roles alongside "Rat Pack" buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were lucrative, especially the famed Ocean's 11 (1960). On the other hand, he alternated such projects with much more serious offerings, such as The Manchurian Candidate (1962), regarded by many critics as Sinatra's finest picture. He made his directorial debut with the World War II picture None But the Brave (1965), 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), once again playing as assassin in his only film to be shot in the U.K. and Germany. That same year he starred as a private investigator in 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 with its theme of murders involving rich and powerful homosexual men, and it was a major box-office success.After appearing in the poorly received comic western Dirty Dingus Magee (1970), Sinatra didn't act again for seven years, returning with a made-for-TV cops-and-mob-guys thriller Contract on Cherry Street (1977), which he also produced. Based on the novel by William Rosenberg, this fable of fed-up 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, in a moving and 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. (1980) in 1987 as a retired detective seeking vengeance on the killers of his granddaughter in an episode entitled "Laura".

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Dec 12, 1915 In Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The World at War 1973-09-14
Latest Project:
Series Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015-04-05

Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 15 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Person of Interest
Poster of Mad Men
Poster of Supernatural
Poster of Lost
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Self 2 episodes, 2015 2015-04-05
Schitt's Creek Unknown 2015-02-11
Magic City Unknown 2012
Vegas Unknown 2012-09-25
Take Me Out Unknown 2012-06-07
Person of Interest Unknown 2011-09-22
The Playboy Club Unknown 2011-09-19
Grimm Unknown 2011-10-28
Hawaii Five-0 Unknown 2010-09-20
Nurse Jackie Unknown 2009-06-08
Warehouse 13 Unknown 2009-07-07
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
Gavin & Stacey Unknown 2008-08-26
So You Think You Can Dance Canada Unknown 2008-09-11
Britain's Got Talent Unknown 2007-06-09
Mad Men Unknown 2007-07-19
The Bronx Is Burning Unknown 2007-07-01
The Unit Unknown 2006
Dancing on Ice Unknown 2006-01-08
Eureka Unknown 2006-07-18
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Supernatural Unknown 2005-09-13
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Unknown 2004-04-27
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Celebrity Big Brother Unknown 2001-03-09
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Gilmore Girls Unknown 2000-10-05
The Sopranos Unknown 1999-01-10
Roswell Unknown 1999-10-06
From the Earth to the Moon Unknown 1998-04-05
Vengeance Unlimited Unknown 1998-09-29
Behind the Music Unknown 1997-08-17
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Unknown 1996-09-27
Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
Beavis and Butt-Head Unknown 1993-03-08
Goodnight Sweetheart Unknown 1993-11-18
American Justice: Target - Mafia Unknown 1993-03-19
Northern Exposure Unknown 1990-07-12
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
Family Matters Unknown 1989-09-22
Doogie Howser, M.D. Unknown 1989-09-19
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
Married... with Children Unknown 1987-04-05
American Masters Himself 1986-06-22
Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03
Who's the Boss? Unknown 1984-09-20
Remington Steele Unknown 1982-10-01
ABC News Nightline Unknown 1980-03-24
Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
20/20 Unknown 1978-06-06
WKRP in Cincinnati Unknown 1978-09-18
The World at War Unknown 1973-09-14