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Also Known As: Francis Thomas Avalone Died:
Born: September 18, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: singer, actor, musician

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A pop crooner and teen idol during the late 1950s, singer Frankie Avalon transformed into a movie star via a string of surf-and-sand musicals in the 1960s like "Beach Party" (1963) and "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Slight of stature and build but handsome and charismatic in an eminently safe and approachable way, Avalon wooed teenage girls with light romantic tunes like "Venus" and "Why," both of which shot to the top of the charts. When rock and roll took over the music business in the 1960s, he shifted fulltime to films, where he teamed with Annette Funicello for the silly but watchable beach party films. In ensuing decades, he was a familiar face on television and the occasional film, most notably 1978's "Grease" as the Teen Angel, and always happy to revisit the nostalgia of his career for new audiences. If his body of work was lightweight, it was also well loved, which ensured Avalon's place in pop culture history.

A pop crooner and teen idol during the late 1950s, singer Frankie Avalon transformed into a movie star via a string of surf-and-sand musicals in the 1960s like "Beach Party" (1963) and "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Slight of stature and build but handsome and charismatic in an eminently safe and approachable way, Avalon wooed teenage girls with light romantic tunes like "Venus" and "Why," both of which shot to the top of the charts. When rock and roll took over the music business in the 1960s, he shifted fulltime to films, where he teamed with Annette Funicello for the silly but watchable beach party films. In ensuing decades, he was a familiar face on television and the occasional film, most notably 1978's "Grease" as the Teen Angel, and always happy to revisit the nostalgia of his career for new audiences. If his body of work was lightweight, it was also well loved, which ensured Avalon's place in pop culture history.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Casino (1995) Himself
3.
 Stoned Age, The (1994)
4.
 Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Himself
5.
 Back To The Beach (1987) The Big Kahuna
6.
 Grease (1978) Teen Angel
7.
 Take, The (1974) Danny James
8.
 Horror House (1970) Chris
9.
 Skidoo (1968) Angie
10.
 The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) Tommy Carter
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Was a trumpet prodigy at age nine
1957:
Signed a recording contract with Chancellor Records
1957:
Made film acting debut in "Jamboree"
1957:
Made first appearance on "American Bandstand"
1960:
Had dramatic roles in "Guns of the Timberland" and "The Alamo"
1963:
First teamed with Annette Funicello in "Beach Party"
1976:
Starred in summer series "Easy Does It..." (CBS)
1987:
Served as co-executive producer (with Annette Funicello) of "Back to the Beach" (also actor)
1995:
Played himself in "A Dream is Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story" (CBS)
1995:
Appeared as himself in "Casino"
2001:
Made guest appearance as the bride's godfather in the Chicago stage production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" (summer)
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Education

South Philadelphia High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"Venus" earned a Gold Record in 1957.

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wife:
Kay Avalon. Sister of Gretchen Wayne; married in 1962.

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