Frank Sinatra

Biography

Growing up on the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey, made Frank 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, 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. 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 - becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. About that time his film career was also starting in earnest, striking box-office gold early on with a lead role in Anchors Aweigh (1945), a Best Picture nominee at the 1946 Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film against intolerance, The House I Live In (1946). His career on a high, Sinatra went from strength-to-strength on record, on stage and on 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. Record sales dwindled in the early 1950s and although Sinatra continued to act, now, appearing in more dramatic fare such as Meet Danny Wilson (1951), a vocal cord haemorrhage all but ended his career. He fought back, winning the coveted role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953). He won an Oscar for best supporting actor and followed this with a scintillating performance as a deranged assassin in Suddenly (1954) and arguably a career best performance and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor 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, he 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 1960s Sinatra became mildly prolific as a producer bringing such films as A Hole in the Head (1959), Sergeants 3 (1963) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) to the big screen. Lighter roles along side Rat Pack buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr were lucrative, especially the famed Ocean's 11 (1960), however, Sinatra alternated such projects with more stern offerings, namely The Manchurian Candidate, arguably Sinatra's finest picture, and his directorial debut, None But the Brave, 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), one again playing as assassin in his only film to be shot in the U.K. and in Germany. That same year he starred as private investigator 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 and a major box office success. After appearing in the comic western Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) Sinatra refrained from acting for a further seven years until producing the made-for-TV movie Contract on Cherry Street (1977). Based on the novel by William J. Rosenberg, this fable of vigilante 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 with a moving, 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. in 1987 as a retired detective seeking vengeance on the killers of his granddaughter in an episode entitled Laura.

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Ocean's 11

Danny Ocean

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The Manchurian Candidate

Major Bennett Marco

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Suddenly

John Baron

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The Man with the Golden Arm

Frankie Machine

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Guys and Dolls

Nathan Detroit

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Anchors Aweigh

Clarence Doolittle

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On the Town

Chip

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Robin and the Seven Hoods

Robbo

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Never So Few

Capt. Tom Reynolds

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4 for Texas

Zack Thomas

Starring In
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Elis & Tom, só tinha de ser com você

Self

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Charlton Heston: Von Moses zum Waffennarr

Self (archive footage)

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King of Cool

Self (archive footage)

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Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

Self (archive footage)

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Jay Sebring.... Cutting to the Truth

Self (archive footage)

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Charles Bronson, Hollywood's Lone Wolf

Self - Presenter (archive footage)

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Hollywood, das erträumte Leben der Lana Turner

Self (archive footage)

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Elvis Presley: The Searcher

Self (archive footage)

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Quincy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Ava Gardner, die Flamenco-Diva Hollywoods: Die spanischen Jahre der Gräfin mit den nackten Füßen

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Die vielen Leben des Sammy Davis Jr.

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Becoming Cary Grant

Self (archive footage)

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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest (The Movie)

Self (archive footage)

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Frank Sinatra. Die Stimme Amerikas

Self (Archivfilmmaterial)

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100 Jahre Frank Sinatra

Self (archive footage)

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Super Duper Alice Cooper

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Soul Boys of the Western World

Self (archive footage)

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The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment

Self (archive footage)

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Six by Sondheim

Himself (archive footage)

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The Wrecking Crew!

Himself (archive footage)

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The Brothers Warner

Self (archive footage)

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Elvis Presley: A Generous Heart

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Joy Division: Under Review

Himself (archive footage)

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Die Bette Davis Story

Himself (archive footage) (voice)

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Judy Garland Duets

Self (archive footage)

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Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis

Himself - Host-Performer

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The Rat Pack

Himself (archive footage)

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip

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Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story

Self (archive footage)

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Singing Sword (voice) (archive sound)

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The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

Himself - Performer, 'Get Me to the Church on Time'

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Edith Head: The Paramount Years

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Sinatra - The Classic Duets

Cast

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Celine Dion - All The Way...A Decade of Song & Video

Himself (archive footage)

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Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert

Himself (Archive)

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Frank Sinatra: In Japan

Himself

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Barbra Streisand: Timeless - Live in Concert

Himself (archive footage)

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

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L.A. Confidential

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The first 100 Years of Cinema

Himself (archive footage)

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That's Entertainment III

Performer in Clip from 'On the Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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La Classe Américaine

Franky (archive footage)

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Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

Self - Vocalist (archive footage)

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Himself (archive footage)

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Frank Sinatra - Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back

Himself

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Empire of the Air

Himself - Serenades Sarnoff (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration

Himself

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Singing Sword (voice) (archive sound)

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The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn

Self

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That's Dancing!

Himself - film clip (archive footage)

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Cannonball Run II

Frank

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Hollywood Out-Takes and rare Footage

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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This is Elvis

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Brooklyn Bridge

Himself (clip from "It Happened in Brooklyn") (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The First 40 Years

Self

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The First Deadly Sin

Edward Delaney

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That's Entertainment Part 2

Clips from 'Anchors Aweigh' & 'Till the Clouds Roll By' etc. (archive footage)

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That's Entertainment

Himself - Co-host/Narrator

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The Story of Elvis Presley

himself

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Sinatra in Concert at the Royal Festival Hall

Himself

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Dirty Dingus Magee

Dingus Billy Magee

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I Due Kennedy

Self (archive footage)

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The Detective

Det. Sgt. Joe Leland

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Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing

Himself

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Lady in Cement

Tony Rome

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Tony Rome

Tony Rome

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The Naked Runner

Sam Laker

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Cast a Giant Shadow

Vince Talmadge

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Assault On A Queen

Mark Brittain

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The Oscar

Frank Sinatra (uncredited)

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Frank Sinatra - A Man And His Music - Part 2

Himself

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Von Ryan's Express

Colonel Joseph L. Ryan

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None But the Brave

Chief Pharmacist Mate

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Frank Sinatra - A Man And His Music

Himself

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Marriage on the Rocks

Dan Edwards

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Robin and the Seven Hoods

Robbo

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Paris When It Sizzles

Singer (uncredited) (singing voice)

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4 for Texas

Zack Thomas

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The Victors

Himself - Vocalist (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The List of Adrian Messenger

Cameo (as gypsy)

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A New Kind of Love

Singer behind opening credits

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Come Blow Your Horn

Alan Baker

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The Manchurian Candidate

Major Bennett Marco

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Advise & Consent

Himself - on Recording at Gay Bar (voice) (archive sound)

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The Road to Hong Kong

The 'Twig' on plutomium (uncredited)

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Sergeants 3

First Sgt. Mike Merry

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Judy, Frank & Dean - Once in a Lifetime

Self

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The Devil at 4 O'Clock

Harry

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Ocean's 11

Danny Ocean

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Can-Can

François Durnais

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Pepe

Frank Sinatra

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A Hole in the Head

Tony Manetta

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Never So Few

Capt. Tom Reynolds

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Some Came Running

Dave Hirsh

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Kings Go Forth

1st Lt. Sam Loggins

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Pal Joey

Joey Evans

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The Pride and the Passion

Miguel

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The Joker Is Wild

Joe E. Lewis

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High Society

Mike Connor

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Around the World in 80 Days

Barbary Coast Saloon Pianist

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Meet Me in Las Vegas

Man at Slot Machine (uncredited)

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Guys and Dolls

Nathan Detroit

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Not as a Stranger

Alfred Boone

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The Tender Trap

Charlie Y. Reader

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The Man with the Golden Arm

Frankie Machine

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Young at Heart

Barney Sloan

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Suddenly

John Baron

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From Here to Eternity

Pvt. Angelo Maggio

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Doppeltes Dynamit

Johnny Dalton

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Zu allem entschlossen

Danny Wilson

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On the Town

Chip

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Dennis Ryan

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The Miracle Of The Bells

Father Paul

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The Kissing Bandit

Ricardo

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It Happened in Brooklyn

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Till the Clouds Roll By

Frank Sinatra

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Anchors Aweigh

Clarence Doolittle

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The Shining Future

Frank Sinatra

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Step Lively

Glenn Russell

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Higher and Higher

Frank

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Ship Ahoy

Frank Sinatra (uncredited)

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