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Also Known As: Walden Robert Cassotto Died: December 20, 1973
Born: May 14, 1936 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure resulting from implanted valves that malfunctioned after open-heart surgery
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, songwriter, master of ceremonies, drummer, janitor at metal factory, gun cleaner for Navy

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Brash, self-confident musical performer who in a few brief years from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s rose from teen singing idol to smooth, polished nightclub headliner to Oscar-nominated actor (as a shell-shocked GI in 1964's "Captain Newman, M.D."). Sickly from early childhood, with recurring bouts of rheumatic fever which weakened his heart, Darin developed a swaggering, finger-snapping assertive style as a performer. With a keen understanding of the music industry, he wrote popular songs for the teen market while developing a wider, more adult audience by branching out with pop renditions of more sophisticated fare such as Kurt Weill's "Mack the Knife" winning him nightclub popularity, numerous TV appearances (earning up to $40,000 a show) and two film contracts. Darin appeared in fifteen films over a thirteen-year span, mostly light romantic comedies with a few forays into more dramatic fare (John Cassavetes' "Too Late Blues" 1961 and "Pressure Point" 1962) and wrote songs and often the scores for most of the films in which he appeared. His wildly diverse career was cut short by a fatal heart ailment that originally seemed poised to fell him as a young boy, possibly the reason he packed so much...

Brash, self-confident musical performer who in a few brief years from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s rose from teen singing idol to smooth, polished nightclub headliner to Oscar-nominated actor (as a shell-shocked GI in 1964's "Captain Newman, M.D."). Sickly from early childhood, with recurring bouts of rheumatic fever which weakened his heart, Darin developed a swaggering, finger-snapping assertive style as a performer. With a keen understanding of the music industry, he wrote popular songs for the teen market while developing a wider, more adult audience by branching out with pop renditions of more sophisticated fare such as Kurt Weill's "Mack the Knife" winning him nightclub popularity, numerous TV appearances (earning up to $40,000 a show) and two film contracts. Darin appeared in fifteen films over a thirteen-year span, mostly light romantic comedies with a few forays into more dramatic fare (John Cassavetes' "Too Late Blues" 1961 and "Pressure Point" 1962) and wrote songs and often the scores for most of the films in which he appeared. His wildly diverse career was cut short by a fatal heart ailment that originally seemed poised to fell him as a young boy, possibly the reason he packed so much into his brief life. Darin's story was eventualy told on film, and stylishly, by one if his most ardent admirers, actor Kevin Spacey, who co-wrote, directed and starred in "Beyond the Sea" in 2004.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Cop-Out (1968) Barney Teale
3.
 Gunfight in Abilene (1967) Cal Wayne
4.
 That Funny Feeling (1965) Tom Milford
5.
 Captain Newman, M. D. (1963) Corp. Jim Tompkins
6.
 Hell Is for Heroes (1962) Private Corby
7.
 Pressure Point (1962) Patient
8.
 If a Man Answers (1962) Eugene Wright
9.
 State Fair (1962) Jerry Dundee
10.
 Too Late Blues (1962) John "Ghost" Wakefield
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Suffered recurring attacks of rheumatic fever from the age of eight until age 13
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Worked summers at Catskill resorts as singing waiter, drummer in local band and later filled in as singer, emcee and did impressions
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Held a variety of odd jobs: swept up scrap in metal factory, cleaned guns for the US Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Changed name to Bobby Darin (reputedly from the phone book; another version says from the sign of a Chinese restaurant, 'Mandarin' with the first three letters burned out)
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Wrote radio commercials which he sometimes sang with former Bronx High School of Science classmate, Don Kirschner (later a music publisher and promoter); also wrote songs together
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Signed by Decca to a one-year recording contract
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TV debut, plugging his first recorded songs on CBS' "Stage Show"
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Dropped by Decca (due to intercession of Connie Francis' father)
1957:
Signed by Atco Records (subsidiary of Atlantic Recording Company) (date approximate)
1958:
Co-wrote and recorded first hit, "Splish Splash" (sold 100,000 copies in three weeks; rose to Number 1 over a 13-week period)
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Recorded "Early in the Morning" for Brunswick Records under singing group name of 'The Rinky Dinks'; Brunswick forced to withdraw record after "Splish Splash" became hit (and re-recorded song with Buddy Holly)
1958:
TV acting debut on "Way of the West" (an installment of the TV anthology series, "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars")
1959:
Signed two seven-year contracts with Universal and Paramount
1960:
First feature film appearance as himself in "Pepe"
1961:
Film acting debut, "Come September" (also wrote title tune and song "Multiplication")
1962:
Left Atco to record for Capitol
1963:
Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Captain Newman, M.D."
1966:
Returned to Atco
1967:
Booed from stage of Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in concert of political diatribes against Richard Nixon, freedom songs and anti-Vietnam songs
1968:
After Robert Kennedy's assassination, Darin sold his music publishing company and possessions, bought a trailer and moved to Big Sur
1971:
Underwent open-heart surgery with the implant of two plastic valves
1972:
Signed with Motown Records
1972:
Hosted own TV variety show, "Dean Martin Presents The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (summer replacement show)
1973:
Final screen role, "Happy Mother's Day...Love George"
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Education

Hunter College: New York , New York -
Bronx High School of Science: Bronx , New York - 1952

Notes

"Few performers have been as blatantly ambitious, driven, and egotistical as Bobby Darin, who earned the nickname of show business' 'Angry Young Man.' But then few performers have been as talented as this aggressive New Yorker." --From "The Hollywood Songsters" (1991)

Darin was nominated for Grammys in 1959 and 1962, and for an Oscar in 1963 for "Captain Newman, M.D."

Posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.

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companion:
Connie Francis. Singer.
companion:
Jo-Ann Campbell. Singer. Became engaged briefly in 1960.
wife:
Sandra Dee. Actor. Married on December 1, 1960; divorced in March 1967; met while co-starring in "Come September" (1961).
wife:
Andrea Yaeger. Legal secretary. Married on June 26, 1973, separated a few months later; divorced; together from 1970.
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grandfather:
Saverio Anthony Cassotto. Gambler. Died in prison from narcotics withdrawal seven months before son was born.
grandmother:
Vivian Fern Cassotto. Vaudevillian. Married twice previously; remarried after Cassotto's death; died of stroke in 1959; for years Darin thought she was his mother.
mother:
Vanina Cassotto. For years Darin thought she was his sister.
son:
Dodd Mitchell Cassotto. Publisher, author. Born on December 16, 1961; mother, Sandra Dee.
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