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Also Known As: Vito Farinola Died:
Born: June 12, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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No less a figure than Frank Sinatra once proclaimed singer Vic Damone as possessing the "best pipes in the business," which he parlayed into a popular recording career in the late 1940s and 1950s with such hits as "You're Breaking My Heart," "Again" and "My Heart Cries for You," among many other lush romantic ballads. Damone also enjoyed a secondary career as an actor, largely as lovestruck youth in such Hollywood musicals as "Deep in My Heart" (1954) and "Kismet" (1955). Like many pop crooners, Damone was unmoored by the rise of rock-n-roll in the early 1960s, though he segued successfully into the casino circuit in the 1970s, where he remained active and in fine voice until his retirement following a stroke in 2001. Though never a cultural institution like Sinatra or Nat "King" Cole, Vic Damone's rich baritone provided him with a slew of hits in the 1950s and a career on stage that compared with and even outlasted many of his contemporaries.

No less a figure than Frank Sinatra once proclaimed singer Vic Damone as possessing the "best pipes in the business," which he parlayed into a popular recording career in the late 1940s and 1950s with such hits as "You're Breaking My Heart," "Again" and "My Heart Cries for You," among many other lush romantic ballads. Damone also enjoyed a secondary career as an actor, largely as lovestruck youth in such Hollywood musicals as "Deep in My Heart" (1954) and "Kismet" (1955). Like many pop crooners, Damone was unmoored by the rise of rock-n-roll in the early 1960s, though he segued successfully into the casino circuit in the 1970s, where he remained active and in fine voice until his retirement following a stroke in 2001. Though never a cultural institution like Sinatra or Nat "King" Cole, Vic Damone's rich baritone provided him with a slew of hits in the 1950s and a career on stage that compared with and even outlasted many of his contemporaries.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spree (1967)
2.
 Hell to Eternity (1960) Corp. Pete Lewis
3.
4.
 Kismet (1955) Caliph
5.
 Hit the Deck (1955) Rico Ferrari
6.
 Athena (1954) Johnny Nyle
7.
 Deep in My Heart (1954) [performer in] "Maytime"
8.
 Rich, Young and Pretty (1951) Andre Milan
9.
 The Strip (1951)
10.
 Perry Como: The Singing Barber (2000) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1945:
Tied for first place on the Arthur Godfrey "Talent Scouts Show"
1996:
Received high school diploma from Lafayette High School, Brooklyn, NY, from which he dropped out for a show business career

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wife:
Pier Angeli. Actor. Married 1954-58.
wife:
Judy Rawlins.
wife:
Rebecca Ann Jones.
wife:
Diahann Carroll. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Rena Rowan. Married in April 1998 in Philadelphia.
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father:
Rocky Damone.
mother:
Mamie Farinola. Died at age 93 in 1997.
daughter:
Daniella Woodward.

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