Frank Sinatra


12 Dec 1915


Hoboken, New Jersey, USA


Francis Albert 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".

Actor ( 207 credits )

Sebring (2018) Himself (archive footage)
Dear Eleanor (2016) Himself (archive footage)
Hey Moe, Hey Dad! (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
Tu cara me suena - Argentina (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
The Music According to Antonio Carlos Jobim (2012) Himself (archive footage)
Elvis Found Alive (2012) Himself (archive footage)
1002 Momentos de la tele (2012)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Frankie Machine (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2014)
Stars of the Silver Screen (2011) (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
King Kennedy (2011) Himself (archive footage)
No me la puc treure del cap (2010)  Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Pop Galerie Reloaded (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Video Killed the Radio Star (2009)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Facing Ali (2009) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Wrecking Crew! (2008) Himself (archive footage)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills (2007) Himself (archive footage)
Banda sonora (2007)  Himself (5 episodes, 2007-2009)
The Bronx Is Burning (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Underworld Histories (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
On n'est pas couché (2006)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years (2005) Himself (Autopia rider) (archive footage) (uncredited)
20 to 1 (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Loops! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Broadway: The American Musical (2004)  Nathan Detroit (in 'Guys and Dolls') (1 episode, 2004)
Las tragedias de los famosos (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (2003) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) Himself (archive footage)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) Himself (archive footage)
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
War Stories with Oliver North (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Lady with the Torch (1999) Himself (archive footage)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Rat Pack (1999)  Himself (archive footage)
L.A. Confidential (1997) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Torrella, una vida pel cinema (1997) Chip (archive footage)
Behind the Music (1997)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1998)
Why I Don't Go to the Movies (1997) Clarence Doolittle (archive footage)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997) Himself (with Deborah Kerr) (archive footage) (uncredit
The Real Las Vegas (1996)  Himself (archive footage)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1998)
Private Screenings (1995)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
Room 101 (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2007)
That's Entertainment! III (1994) Chip (archive footage) (uncredited)
American Justice (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-1999)
Daddy Dearest (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Fame in the Twentieth Century (1993)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
In Person (1993) Himself (voice)
Getaway (1992)  Danny Ocean (1 episode, 2005)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) Himself
Memories of 1970-1991 (1991)  Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes)
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991) Himself - Serenades Sarnoff (archive footage) (uncredit
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990) Himself
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Singing Sword (voice) (archive sound)
The American Experience (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Biography (1987)  Himself (8 episodes, 1995-2008)
The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
American Masters (1985)  Himself (8 episodes, 1990-2013)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 1988-2004)
Cannonball Run II (1984) Frank
Who's the Boss? (1984)  Frank Sinatra (1 episode, 1989)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1991)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
This Is Elvis (1981) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 1990-2007)
Brooklyn Bridge (1981) Danny Webson Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)
The First Deadly Sin (1980) Edward Delaney
Magnum, P.I. (1980)  Retired Police Sergeant Michael Doheny (1 episode, 198
ABC News Nightline (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars (1980)  Himself (3 episodes, 1982-1989)
20/20 (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Hollywood Greats (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Frank Rosenthal Show (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
The Story of Elvis Presley (1977) Himself (archive footage)
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) Clarence Doolittle / Himself (archive footage)
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Just One More Time (1974) Himself (uncredited)
René Simard au Japon (1974) Himself
That's Entertainment! (1974) Himself - Co-Host
The World at War (1973)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Great Performances (1971)  Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2003)
V.I.P.-Schaukel (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) Dingus Billy Magee
Make Room for Granddaddy (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Dinah's Place (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
I due Kennedy (1970) Himself (archive footage)
Lady in Cement (1968) Tony Rome
The Detective (1968) Joe Leland
The Name of the Game (1968)  Himself (2 episodes, 1970)
Tony Rome (1967) Tony Rome
The Naked Runner (1967) Sam Laker
Think Twentieth (1967) Himself
Mondo Hollywood (1967) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Assault on a Queen (1966) Mark Brittain
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Vince Talmadge
The Oscar (1966) Himself (uncredited)
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Hollywood My Home Town (1965) Himself (archive footage)
Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Dan Edwards
Von Ryan's Express (1965) Col. Joseph L. Ryan
None But the Brave (1965) Chief Pharmacist Mate
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Himself (4 episodes, 1965-1970)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) Robbo
Paris When It Sizzles (1964) Singer (singing voice) (uncredited)
The Hollywood Palace (1964)  Himself - Host-Singer (1 episode, 1965)
The Victors (1963) Himself - vocalist 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christ
4 for Texas (1963) Zack Thomas
A New Kind of Love (1963) Singer Behind Opening Credits
Come Blow Your Horn (1963) Alan Baker
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Cameo
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Major Bennett Marco
Advise & Consent (1962) Himself - on Recording at Gay Bar (voice) (archive soun
The Road to Hong Kong (1962) The 'Twig' on Plutomium (uncredited)
Sergeants 3 (1962) First Sgt. Mike Merry
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1970-1992)
Turn of the Tide (1962) Himself (archive footage)
Sinatra in Israel (1962) Himself
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) Harry
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961)  Himself--Guest Host (1 episode, 1963)
ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1974)
The DuPont Show of the Week (1961)  Himself (1 episode, 1961)
Pepe (1960) Himself
Ocean's 11 (1960) Danny Ocean
Can-Can (1960) François Durnais
Love in Monaco (1959) Himself
Glück und Liebe in Monaco (1959) Himself - Guest in Monaco Palace
Never So Few (1959) Capt. Tom Reynolds
Premier Khrushchev in the USA (1959) Himself
A Hole in the Head (1959) Tony Manetta
Startime (1959)  Himself (1 episode, 1959)
Sunday Showcase (1959)  Himself - Recipient (1 episode, 1959)
The Bing Crosby Show (1959)  Himself
Some Came Running (1958) Dave Hirsh
Kings Go Forth (1958) 1st Lt. Sam Loggins
A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Pal Joey (1957) Joey Evans
The Pride and the Passion (1957) Miguel
The Joker Is Wild (1957) Joe E. Lewis
The Thin Man (1957)  Neighbor (uncredited) (1 episode, 1958)
The Frank Sinatra Show (1957)  Himself - Host / ... (34 episodes, 1957-1960)
Club Oasis (1957)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1958)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) Barbary Coast Saloon Pianist
High Society (1956) Mike Connor
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) Man at Slot Machine (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Playtime in Hollywood (1956) Himself
Johnny Concho (1956) Johnny Concho / Johnny Collins
Playhouse 90 (1956)  Himself (1 episode, 1957)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1956)
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1956-1962)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) Frankie Machine
Guys and Dolls (1955) Nathan Detroit
The Tender Trap (1955) Charlie Y. Reader
Not as a Stranger (1955) Alfred Boone
MGM Parade (1955)  Charlie Y. Reader (2 episodes, 1955)
Suddenly (1954) John Baron
Young at Heart (1954) Barney Sloan
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Himself (1 episode, 1955)
Producers' Showcase (1954)  Stage Manager (1 episode, 1955)
Max Liebman Spectaculars (1954) (1 episode, 1954)
Red Skelton Revue (1954)  Himself - Guest Vocalist (1 episode, 1954)
From Here to Eternity (1953) Angelo Maggio
Person to Person (1953)  Himself (1 episode, 1956)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (1952) Himself
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
The Bob Hope Show (1952)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1957-1963)
Meet Danny Wilson (1951) Danny Wilson
Double Dynamite (1951) Johnny Dalton
This Is Music (1951)  Himself (1 episode, 1958)
The Costume Designer (1950) Himself (archive footage)
The Jack Benny Program (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1951)
The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)  Himself - Singer / ... (5 episodes, 1951-1954)
What's My Line? (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1966)
All Star Revue (1950)  Himself - Guest Vocalist (1 episode, 1952)
The Frank Sinatra Show (1950)  Himself - Host (62 episodes, 1950-1952)
The Faye Emerson Show (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1951)
The Ken Murray Show (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1950)
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1950)
Cavalcade of Bands (1950)  Himself (2 episodes, 1951)
On the Town (1949) Chip
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (1949) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) Dennis Ryan
Cavalcade of Stars (1949)  Himself - Cameo (1 episode, 1951)
The Kissing Bandit (1948) Ricardo
The Miracle of the Bells (1948) Father Paul
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 1955-1965)
The Milton Berle Show (1948)  Himself - Singer / ... (5 episodes, 1950-1955)
Lucky Strike Salesman's Movie 48-A (1948) Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 27, No. 3: Out of This World Series (1947) Himself
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) Danny Webson Miller
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) Frank Sinatra
World's Heavyweight Championship: Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn (1946) Himself - Audiience Member
MGM Christmas Trailer (1945) Himself
The House I Live In (1945) Himself
Anchors Aweigh (1945) Clarence Doolittle
The All-Star Bond Rally (1945) Himself
Step Lively (1944) Glenn Russell
The Road to Victory (1944) Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
The Shining Future (1944) Frank Sinatra
Upbeat in Music (1943) Himself - Band Singer
Show-Business at War (1943) Himself (uncredited)
Reveille with Beverly (1943) Frank Sinatra
Higher and Higher (1943) Frank
Ship Ahoy (1942) Singer in Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (uncredited)
Las Vegas Nights (1941) Singer in Tommy Dorsey's Band (uncredited)
Major Bowes Amateur Theater of the Air (1935) Himself

Producer ( 7 credits )

The First Deadly Sin (1980) executive producer
None But the Brave (1965) producer
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) producer
Sergeants 3 (1962) producer
X-15 (1961) producer (uncredited)
A Hole in the Head (1959) executive producer (uncredited)
Johnny Concho (1956) producer

Director ( 2 credits )

None But the Brave (1965)
The Frank Sinatra Show (1957) (1 episode, 1957)