Frank Sinatra


Actor, Singer
Frank Sinatra

About

Also Known As
Daddy, Francis Albert Sinatra
Birth Place
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Born
December 12, 1915
Died
May 14, 1998
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

The first, and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Frank Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th-Century. Starting out as a crooner with bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey in the late-1930s, by 1942 "Sinatramania" had swept the country and his live performances were causing riots. Just as suddenly, a combination of damaged vocal...

Photos & Videos

Little Women - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Behind-the-Scenes Still
Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Group Publicity Stills
Never So Few - Frank Sinatra & Gina Lollobrigida Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Nancy Sinatra
Wife
Married on February 4, 1939; divorced on October 29, 1951.
Ava Gardner
Wife
Actor. Married on November 7, 1951; separated on October 27, 1953; divorced in 1957.
Lauren Bacall
Companion
Actor. Sinatra ended their relationship when news of their engagement was leaked to the press in 1958.
Lady Adelle Beatty
Companion
Together from 1958 until c. 1960.

Bibliography

"My Father's Daughter"
Tina Sinatra with Jeff Coplon, Simon & Schuster (2000)
"Why Sinatra Matters"
Pete Hamill, Little, Brown (1998)
"Sinatra--Behind the Legend"
J Randy Taraborelli, Birch Lane Press (1997)
"The Way You Wear Your Hat"
Bill Zehme, HarperCollins (1997)

Notes

In the annual theatre exhibitors' poll of the ten most popular boxoffice stars at the movies, Sinatra placed 10th in 1956, 5th in 1957, 10th in 1958, 7th in 1959, 8th in 1960 and 8th in 1962.

Presented by Austria with the Cross of Science and Arts (1984).

Biography

The first, and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Frank Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th-Century. Starting out as a crooner with bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey in the late-1930s, by 1942 "Sinatramania" had swept the country and his live performances were causing riots. Just as suddenly, a combination of damaged vocal cords, reputed ties to organized crime, and a torrid romance between the still married Sinatra and actress Ava Gardner conspired to end Sinatra's reign by 1950. In one of the most incredible career resurrections of all-time, he reinvented himself with an Oscar-winning performance in "From Here to Eternity" (1953), followed by a string of era-defining hit records with Capitol, such as Come Fly with Me! and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. Sinatra cultivated his larger-than-life persona with his celebrity buddies, the "Rat Pack," who were immortalized in the hip crime-comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) and rubbed shoulders with the likes of President John F. Kennedy. Always eager for new challenges, he founded his own record company and earned more rave reviews for roles in films like "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962). Although he retired briefly in the early '70s, Sinatra returned soon after to thrill longtime fans with more sold out concerts and chart-topping albums like 1993's Duets, right up until his 80th birthday. Over the course of his 60-year career, Sinatra elevated popular music to an art form while he attained the status of legend - the Chairman of the Board.

Born on Dec. 12, 1915 in Hoboken, NJ, Francis "Frank" Albert Sinatra was the only son of Italian immigrants Natalie "Dolly" and Anthony Martin Sinatra. His father worked as captain with the Hoboken Fire Department and boxed on the side, while his mother was a noted figure in the local Democratic Party, but also performed then-illegal abortions behind closed doors - a risky enterprise that landed her in jail on more than one occasion. Although he had never learned to read music, Sinatra taught himself to sing by ear and after seeing Bing Crosby perform, the young Sinatra announced his intention to become a professional singer to his skeptical parents in the early 1930s. Given permission by his mother - by all accounts an imposing figure and major force in her son's life - the teenager dropped out of high school and eventually joined a trio of young vocalists, called The Three Flashes, who were willing to take on another singer. Renamed the Hoboken Four, they went on to win first prize, in the form of six-month touring contract, on the popular "Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour" radio program. Sinatra's time with the group was short-lived, however, and before long he was back home and working as a singing waiter and MC at a local resort for $15 a week.

Not long after recording his first demo record, titled "Our Love," in early 1939, Sinatra signed on with bandleader Harry James. The young crooner recorded and toured extensively with James for six months until he was lured away by competing bandleader Tommy Dorsey, one of the biggest acts in the country at the time. Under Dorsey's leadership, Sinatra's public exposure increased exponentially, as did his own vocal ability. The relationship was also a strained one from the start, as his contract with Dorsey entitled the bandleader to a full third of Sinatra's lifetime earnings as an entertainer. Although Billboard magazine had voted him Best Male Vocalist of 1941, Sinatra increasingly chaffed under his serf-like deal with Dorsey and sought to escape the confines of their agreement. After buying out of his contract - a mystery-shrouded event that ignited rumors of payoffs, coercion and mob connections which would dog Sinatra for the rest of his days - the vocalist embarked on a solo career the likes of which the entertainment world had never seen before.

Sinatra exploded onto the scene as a solo artist with his historic opening at New York's famed Paramount Theater, where he performed to throngs of screaming "bobby soxers" - young female fans of swing music in general, and Sinatra, in particular. Newly signed to Columbia, the record company enjoyed brisk sales during the musician's strike of 1942-44 by re-releasing Sinatra's earlier recordings made with James' band. Stoked by the crooner's endless touring and radio performances, "Sinatramania" reached its zenith in 1944 with what would be called "The Columbus Day Riot" after 35,000 fans went berserk trying to gain entrance to Sinatra's sold out return to the Paramount. It took literally hundreds of police to subdue the frenzied crowd. Deemed unfit by the U.S. military, due to a perforated eardrum suffered during his traumatic birth, Sinatra did not serve during World War II. His nearly ubiquitous presence in the media during that time, in part, allowed Sinatra to become the obsession of millions of lonely young woman across the country, while generating resentment from many jealous servicemen overseas.

Sinatra's domination of the entertainment world continued on all fronts as the war neared its end. For Columbia, he released his first concept album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, which spent weeks at the No. 1 position on the Billboard charts. Having initially signed with RKO a few years prior, Sinatra increased his visibility - as well as his per film salary - with a growing list of movie appearances for MGM. A typical role for Sinatra during this period was that of a wide-eyed innocent, charmingly unaware of his appeal to the fairer sex. It was an onscreen persona he exploited to the fullest in a series of movies alongside hoofer Gene Kelly that began with the musical romantic-comedy "Anchors Aweigh" (1945). Also well-received was the feel-good post-WWII romance "It Happened in Brooklyn" (1947), co-starring English actor Peter Lawford, who would become a close friend of Sinatra's for years to come. Then, just as quickly as he had ascended to superstardom, the performer began an equally precipitous decline as the decade neared its end.

The downslide in Sinatra's popularity began in 1947 with widespread rumors of his association with mobsters like Lucky Luciano; exacerbated - if not completely fabricated - by the likes of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst who notoriously despised the singer's then-liberal political leanings. Both concert attendance and record sales had slipped, and a film that miscast him as a priest - "The Miracle of the Bells" (1948) - left skeptical audiences unconvinced. Although his second effort with Kelly, "On the Town" (1949), met with success, Sinatra's fall from grace continued into the next decade with feature flops like "Double Dynamite" (1951) and "Meet Danny Wilson" (1952). What audiences did not see was more behind the scenes turmoil in the form of hemorrhaged vocal chords suffered during an earlier live performance, which noticeably roughened his famously velveteen voice. Sinatra's marriage to his first wife, Nancy Barbato, was also in shambles, due in no small part to his torrid affair with film beauty Ava Gardner. Following his divorce from Barbato, Sinatra embarked on a notoriously stormy marriage to Gardner, one that effectively ended in separation two years later, followed by their eventual divorce. Having lacked a hit record for a number of years and relegated to recording such novelty songs as "Mama Will Bark" in 1951, the crooner was dropped by MCA and Columbia in 1952. To even the most casual observer, it seemed as if Sinatra's meteoric career had all but burned itself out.

That was not to say that Sinatra had been entirely abandoned by his fans. A loyal disc jockey, opining that the performer deserved a moniker befitting his stature, dubbed Sinatra "The Chairman of the Board" for the first time during this low period and, despite his ebb in popularity, the name stuck. Always a fighter himself, Sinatra's salvation came in the form of an irrepressible scrapper named Angelo Maggio. The big-budget adaptation of James Jones' best-selling novel "From Here To Eternity" (1953) was expected to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and nearly every star in Hollywood wanted a part in it. First suggested by Gardner, whose star was on the ascension, Sinatra saw the role of the doomed Private Maggio as his ticket to a much needed comeback. So hungry was he for the part that after the initially cast Eli Wallach dropped out of the role, Sinatra agreed to cut his usual fee to a mere $8,000 in order to seal the deal. It was a gamble that yielded spectacular results, as Sinatra's moving performance in the drama about the loves and lives of a group of soldiers in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor not only reinvigorated his career, but also won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra was back.

Sinatra attacked his second chance with gusto when he signed a one-year contract with Capitol Records, where he was soon partnered with conductor-arranger Nelson Riddle. In collaboration with Riddle, the performer literally reinvented himself as a vocalist, crafting the classic Sinatra sound by deftly employing dramatic string arrangements with a deeply personal, idiosyncratic vocal styling. Taking full advantage of the recent advancements in high fidelity and the long-playing record (LP), Sinatra, working with arrangers like Riddle and Billy May, churned out a string of era-defining albums, including Swing Easy!, In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers and Come Fly With Me. Sinatra embraced the leading songwriters of his day, interpreting Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, E.Y. Harburg and Lorenz Hart and irrevocably stamping their standards as his own in the process. The songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, however, stood out amidst these lions as crafting alternately jaunty and melodramatic songs that tapped into Sinatra's everyman appeal and capitalized on his unique phrasing ability.

Emboldened by his Oscar win, Sinatra built upon his screen success, going on to become one of the biggest movie stars of the era with several memorable roles. As the star of the crime-noir "Suddenly" (1954) he played a would-be assassin holding a small town family hostage as he awaits his victim: the President of the United States. Sinatra then stunned audiences and critics alike with his portrayal of a heroin addict in Otto Preminger's controversial "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955), for which he earned another Best Actor nomination. At this point, Sinatra was conquering on all fronts, winning a Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance as a charming womanizer in "Pal Joey" (1957) then picking up the first of his many Grammy Awards for the album Come Dance With Me! in 1959. However, despite his continued success at Capitol, an increasingly restless and dissatisfied Sinatra wanted a record label of his own and consequently founded Reprise in 1960, through which released the hugely popular LP Ring-A-Ding-Ding the following year.

The desert boomtown of Las Vegas had long been a profitable business opportunity as well as a personal playground for Sinatra, who, in the early-1950s, acquired a percentage of the Sands Hotel, where he enjoyed a lucrative exclusive engagement contract for a number of years. In 1960, Sinatra also became partial owner of the Cal Neva Lodge & Casino, until he was stripped of his gaming license for nearly two decades after mobster Sam Giancana was spotted on the premises. As usual, Sinatra's social life continued to grab nearly as many headlines as his performances. Originally referring to a group that gathered around Humphrey Bogart, Sinatra and his hip celebrity pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were dubbed the new "Rat Pack" by members of the press. Preferring to call themselves "The Summit" - a not-so-subtle reference to their status as Hollywood A-listers - the group frequently mixed business with pleasure, both partying and performing at the Sands and other glitzy locales on the Vegas Strip throughout the swinging '60s. The very definition of sophisticated cool during the era, the Vegas heist comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) was considered the definitive Rat Pack movie, although several others would follow.

Peter Lawford, then married to Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy's sister Patricia, introduced his friend Frank to JFK, who notoriously enjoyed carousing with Sinatra's star-studded cronies, sex symbol Marilyn Monroe among them. For his part, Sinatra was so impressed by the political rising star that he even dubbed his clique the "Jack Pack" for a short time. Sinatra stumped hard for Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign, visited Hyannis Port, traveled on the President's private plane, cruised with the President on his yacht the Honey Fitz and even escorted the newly-minted First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, to the inaugural ball which he had organized. Desperately wanting inside the circle of power at the White House, Sinatra went so far as to completely remodel his Palm Springs house - even constructing a helipad for the President's arrival - in anticipation of a planned stay by President Kennedy in 1963. The U.S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, however, nixed the plan, thinking it would look bad to have his brother cavorting with a man with alleged mob ties; it was left to brother-in-law Lawford to break the news to The Chairman of the Board. So offended was he by the snub, that Sinatra effectively ended his friendship with Lawford that day, cutting him out the Rat Pack circle, and by the end of the decade he began to shift away from his left-wing leanings and increasingly into the fold of the Republican party.

On the big screen, Sinatra continued to deliver solid performances in several notable films. One of the most memorable of his career was Sinatra's turn as the stalwart, perceptive Bennett Marco in the political psychodrama, "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), a film that eerily foreshadowed the assassination of JFK a year later. After clowning his way through "Robin and the Seven Hoods" (1964) with the Rat Pack, Sinatra hit box-office gold with the WWII action-adventure "Von Ryan's Express" (1965) and made his directorial debut with "None but the Brave" (1965), another wartime actioner. That same year, he won an Emmy for his televised special "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music" (NBC, 1965), then picked up a pair of Grammys two years later for his hugely popular album Strangers in the Night. In addition to his victories as an entertainer, Sinatra had become a winner in the business world as well. In addition to his earlier arrangement with the Sands - which had earned him $100,000 for each week he performed - and his holdings in Cal Neva, he had made shrewd investments in such areas as charter airlines, music publishing, radio, restaurants and real estate.

A successful marriage, however, remained an elusive goal for Sinatra, who was still in love with his ex-wife Gardner, the one woman he could never tame. He raised eyebrows and sent the tabloids into a printing frenzy with his 1966 marriage to waifish ingénue Mia Farrow, nearly 30 years his junior. The unlikely union ended soon after the actress angered Sinatra by choosing the lead role in director Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) over a supporting part in his police-drama "The Detective" (1968). Farrow was served with divorce papers while shooting the classic horror movie - which went on to become a cultural phenomenon, while "The Detective" performed respectably at the box office before ultimately fading into obscurity. By the end of the decade Sinatra began to wind down his career as a film star with B-movie efforts like the private eye thrillers "Tony Rome" (1967) and its sequel "Lady in Cement" (1968). His music endeavors still provided him with hits, such as the 1969 anthem "My Way." Written by Paul Anka specifically for Sinatra, it told the story of a man looking back on his eventful life with no regrets. It was a sentiment the 52-year-old entertainer could identify with. His fans felt the same and it soon became the song most identified with Sinatra throughout the remainder of his career.

The time and tastes were definitely changing and after starring in the Western comedy "Dirty Dingus Magee" (1970), Sinatra would not be seen in a feature film for a decade. Showing outward signs of fatigue for the first time, he dramatically announced his retirement at the end of a 1971 concert. In 1973, Sinatra returned and released another hit album appropriately titled Ol' Blue Eyes is Back. Without skipping a beat, he was selling out massive concerts at venues like Madison Square Garden and once again performing in Las Vegas. Eventually he resumed his film career - however briefly - with a highly-praised performance in the crime-thriller "The First Deadly Sin" (1980), opposite Faye Dunaway. Having embraced the Republican Party in the years after his falling out with JFK, Sinatra was an avid supporter of former film star Ronald Reagan during the 1980 Presidential election, stumping just as hard for the Gipper as he had for Kennedy. Outside of politics, though, Sinatra continued to do what he did best - break concert attendance and sales records, release popular albums like Trilogy: Past Present Future and L.A. is My Lady and score TV ratings gold with an appearance in a 1987 episode of the hit series "Magnum, P.I." (CBS, 1980-88).

Sinatra's youngest daughter, Tina Sinatra, later produced the biographical TV miniseries "Sinatra" (CBS, 1992). Starring Phillip Casnoff as the eponymous crooner, Gina Gershon as first wife Nancy, Marcia Gaye Hardin as Ava Gardner and Nina Siemaszko as Mia Farrow, it benefited from the full cooperation of the Sinatra clan. Although his voice had long since lost its lustrous sheen, he thrilled longtime fans and reached a new audience with the 1993 album Duets, which boasted collaborations with a diverse array of musical all-stars, including Barbara Streisand, Gloria Estefan and U2's Bono. A follow-up to the immensely successful album was quickly released the next year to nearly equal fanfare. Back in the public eye to a degree he had not enjoyed in years, Sinatra continued to tour around the world, although his failing health and fading memory were causes of concern for family members like his fourth and final wife, Barbara Marx. A dangerous fall on stage in 1994 preceded his final concert appearances at Japan's Fukuoka Dome in December of that year. After being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Bono at the 1994 Grammy ceremony, Sinatra sang publicly for the last time before a select crowd at a private function in February of 1995.

Mere days after his gala 80th birthday celebration, Sinatra was dealt a devastating emotional blow by the death of longtime friend and collaborator Dean Martin. His final years were spent in seclusion as both a mild heart attack and stroke further contributed to his rapidly declining health. On May 14, 1998, Sinatra reluctantly relinquished his hold on a life he had lived to the fullest when he suffered a heart attack at the age of 82. Encouraged by Barbara to keep fighting, Sinatra's reported final words revealed a man who saw even the Grim Reaper as an adversary to overcome - "I'm losing." The icon's death sent the country into a nationwide period of shock and mourning not seen since the passing of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. That following night, the lights on the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor, while luminaries as varied as President Bill Clinton and pop star Elton John expressed their profound respect and appreciation for the great entertainer. Following a private ceremony attended by the likes of Gregory Peck, Tony Bennett, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas and Sophia Loren, Sinatra was buried near his parents in a small cemetery in Cathedral City, CA, near his compound in Rancho Mirage.

Truly a towering figure in American culture, Sinatra would never completely leave the public consciousness. His iconic status ensured that the legend would live on through his music and films. In addition of books written about the man and his life, movie projects like "The Rat Pack" (HBO, 1998), which cast Ray Liotta as the Chairman, made a respectable bid to capture the style and swagger of the group's heyday. Director Ron Underwood's telepic "Stealing Sinatra" (Showtime, 2003) was an off-kilter look at the 1965 kidnapping of the entertainer's son Frank Sinatra, Jr. from the P.O.V. of the bumbling criminals (David Arquette and William H Macy). A more formal tribute came in 2008, when the U.S. Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in Sinatra's honor, depicting "Ol' Blue Eyes" in a signature image from the 1950s.

By Bryce Coleman

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

None but the Brave (1965)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Young At Heart (1995)
Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Himself
Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Himself
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Voice
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1986)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Himself
The First Deadly Sin (1980)
Contract on Cherry Street (1977)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
Narrator
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
Dingus Magee
Lady in Cement (1968)
Tony Rome
The Detective (1968)
Joe Leland
Tony Rome (1967)
Tony Rome
The Naked Runner (1967)
Sam Laker
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Vince
Assault on a Queen (1966)
Mark Brittain
The Oscar (1966)
Marriage on the Rocks (1965)
Dan Edwards
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Col. Joseph L. Ryan
None but the Brave (1965)
Chief Pharmacist's Mate Maloney
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
Themselves [voices]
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Robbo
4 for Texas (1963)
Zack Thomas
Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
Alan Baker
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Sergeants 3 (1962)
1st Sgt. Mike Merry
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Bennett Marco
Invitation to Monte Carlo (1961)
Themselves
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
Harry
Pepe (1961)
Can-Can (1960)
François Durnais
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Danny Ocean
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Tony Manetta
Some Came Running (1959)
Dave Hirsh
Never So Few (1959)
Capt. Tom C. Reynolds
Kings Go Forth (1958)
Lt. Sam Loggins
The Joker Is Wild (1957)
Joe E. Lewis
Pal Joey (1957)
Joey Evans
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
Miguel
Johnny Concho (1956)
Johnny Concho
High Society (1956)
Mike Connor
The Man with the Golden Arm (1956)
Frankie Machine
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Pianist at Barbary Coast saloon
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Not As a Stranger (1955)
Alfred [Boone]
The Tender Trap (1955)
Charles Y. Reader
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Nathan Detroit
Suddenly (1954)
John Baron
Young at Heart (1954)
Barney Sloan
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Angelo Maggio
Meet Danny Wilson (1952)
Danny Wilson
Double Dynamite (1951)
Johnny Dalton
On the Town (1949)
Chip
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Dennis Ryan
The Kissing Bandit (1949)
Ricardo
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
Father Paul
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Specialty performer in finale
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
Danny Webson Miller
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Clarence Doolittle
Step Lively (1944)
Glenn Russell
Reveille with Beverly (1943)
Higher and Higher (1943)
Frank Sinatra
Ship Ahoy (1942)
Himself
Las Vegas Nights--"The Last Frontier Town" (1941)
Singer

Producer (Feature Film)

The First Deadly Sin (1980)
Executive Producer
Assault on a Queen (1966)
Executive Producer
None but the Brave (1965)
Producer
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Producer
Sergeants 3 (1962)
Producer
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Executive Producer
Johnny Concho (1956)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Joker (2019)
Song Performer
Green Book (2018)
Song Performer
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Song Performer
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)
Song Performer
The Meddler (2016)
Song Performer
The Finest Hours (2016)
Song Performer
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Song Performer
Can a Song Save Your Life? (2014)
Song Performer
The Other Woman (2014)
Song Performer
RoboCop (2014)
Song Performer
Fading Gigolo (2014)
Song
Think Like a Man Too (2014)
Song Performer
We're the Millers (2013)
Song Performer
American Hustle (2013)
Song Performer
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Song Performer
This Is the End (2013)
Song Performer
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Song Performer
That's My Boy (2012)
Song Performer
New Year's Eve (2011)
Song Performer
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
Song Performer
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song Performer
Semi-Pro (2008)
Song Performer
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Song Performer
The Wedding Weekend (2006)
Song Performer
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Song Performer
CLICK (2006)
Song Performer
Bewitched (2005)
Song Performer
The Polar Express (2004)
Song Performer
Elf (2003)
Song Performer
Matchstick Men (2003)
Song Performer
Down With Love (2003)
Song Performer
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Song Performer
Space Cowboys (2000)
Song Performer
Return to Me (2000)
Song Performer
What Women Want (2000)
Song Performer
Liberty Heights (1999)
Song Performer
Ratcatcher (1999)
Song Performer ("Something Stupid")
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Song Performer
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Song Performer
Summer of Sam (1999)
Song Performer
City of Angels (1998)
Song Performer
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song Performer
Butcher Boy (1997)
Song Performer ("Where Are You")
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Song Performer
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Song Performer
Out of the Present (1996)
Song Performer ("Guess I'Ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning")
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Song Performer
Michael (1996)
Song Performer
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Song Performer
Young At Heart (1995)
Song Performer
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Song Performer
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Song Performer
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Song Performer
This Boy's Life (1993)
Song Performer
Innocent Blood (1992)
Song Performer
Used People (1992)
Song Performer
Jungle Fever (1991)
Song Performer
Air America (1990)
Song Performer
Arachnophobia (1990)
Song Performer
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Song Performer
License to Drive (1988)
Song Performer
Cocoon: the Return (1988)
Song Performer
Radio Days (1987)
Song Performer
Ishtar (1987)
Song Performer
Wall Street (1987)
Song Performer
Out of Order (1986)
Song Performer ("New York, New York")
Lost in America (1985)
Song Performer
Before Stonewall (1985)
Song Performer
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Song Performer ("Young At Heart")
The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)
Song Performer
Starman (1984)
Song Performer
Micki & Maude (1984)
Song Performer ("On The Sunny Side Of The Street" "Witchcraft")
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Song Performer
The King Of Comedy (1983)
Song Performer
Baby, It's You (1983)
Song
Baby, It's You (1983)
Song Performer
Diner (1982)
Song Performer
They All Laughed (1981)
Song Performer
This Is Elvis (1981)
Song Performer
A New Kind of Love (1963)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Other
Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Other

Director (Special)

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala (1985)
Director
Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957)
Director

Cast (Special)

Sinatra Sings (2011)
Himself
Frank, Dean and Sammy: An Evening With the Rat Pack (1998)
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995)
Sinatra Duets (1994)
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards (1994)
Performer
The Tunes of Tommy Dorsey: A Sentimental Journey (1994)
Welcome Home, America! - A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters (1991)
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams (1991)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon (1990)
The Presidential Inaugural Gala (1989)
The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills (1989)
Mike Tyson -- A Portrait of the People's Champion (1989)
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event (1989)
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast (1989)
The Unforgettable Nat "King" Cole (1989)
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration (1988)
Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary (1987)
Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening (1987)
Benny Goodman: Let's Dance -- A Musical Tribute (1986)
Liberty Weekend (1986)
The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala (1985)
An All-Star Party for "Dutch" Reagan (1985)
Salute to Lady Liberty (1984)
All-Star Party For Lucille Ball (1984)
Sinatra: Concert For the Americas (1982)
Sinatra: The Man and His Music (1981)
Dean Martin's Comedy Classics (1981)
Sinatra: The First 40 Years (1980)
Las Vegas: Palace of Stars (1979)
Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena (1978)
A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle (1978)
Sinatra and Friends (1977)
Celebration: The American Spirit (1976)
John Denver and Friend (1976)
Bob Hope Special: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television (1975)
The American Film Institute Salute to Orson Welles (1975)
Host
The Don Rickles Show (1975)
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event (1974)
The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney (1974)
Host
Frank Sinatra: Ol' Blue Eyes is Back (1973)
Himself
Sinatra (1969)
Frank Sinatra Jr. With Family and Friends (1969)
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967)
Himself
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, part 2 (1966)
Host
Frank Sinatra -- A Man and His Music (1965)
The Gershwin Years (1962)
Frank Sinatra (1959)
Host
Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957)
Himself
Fanfare (1954)
Guest

Producer (Special)

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala (1985)
Producer
Sinatra (1969)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2003)
Song (From "The House I Live In")
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001)
Song Performer
Twas the Night (2001)
Song Performer
Paul Anka: Night of a Lifetime (2000)
Song Performer ("My Way")
Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999)
Song Performer
Frank, Dean and Sammy: An Evening With the Rat Pack (1998)
Song Performer
Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years (1998)
Song Performer ("I'Ve Got You Under My Skin" "Come Fly With Me" "Get Me To The Church On Time" "Quiet Nights" "Change Partners" "I Concentrate On You" "The Girl From Ipanema" "That'S Life" "Luck Be A Lady" "The Lady Is A Trap" "Nancy" "For Once In My Life" "I Couldn'T Sleep A Wink Last Night" "You'Re Sensational" "All The Way" "The Tender Trap" "Didn'T We?" "Fly Me To The Moon" "Chicago" "Nice N' Easy" "Send In The Clowns" "I Get A Kick Out Of You" "One For My Baby" "My Way" "It Was A Very Good Year" "Strangers In The Night" "September Song" "The Best Is Yet To Come" "New York, New York")
Sinatra Duets (1994)
Song Performer
Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time (1991)
Song Performer ("It Was A Very Good Year" "Ol' Man River" "Stardust" "Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week" "People Will Say We'Re In Love" "The House I Live In " "If You Are But A Dream" "All The Way" "Come Rain Or Come Shine" "This Can'T Be Love" "Come Fly With Me" "Without A Song" "One For My Baby" "You Do Something To Me" "Chicago" "Fly Me To The Moon" "Moonlight In Vermont" "I'Ve Got The World On A String" "The Gal That Got Away")
Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
Song Performer
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event (1989)
Song Performer
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration (1988)
Song Performer
Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening (1987)
Song Performer
Kraft Salutes the Magic of David Copperfield... In China (1986)
Song Performer ("Come Fly With Me")
Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre (1984)
Song Performer
Brooklyn Bridge (1982)
Song Performer
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event (1974)
Song Performer
Frank Sinatra -- A Man and His Music (1965)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Special)

Nissan Presents a Celebration of America's Music (1996)
Film Clips
Robin Hood: The Myth, The Man, The Movie (1991)
Archival Footage

Cast (Short)

That's Entertainment! (Gala Premiere) (1974)
Himself
Just One More Time (1974)
Himself
The House I Live In (1945)
Himself
The Road to Victory (1944)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

The Costume Designer (1950)
Archival Footage

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Sinatra (1992)
Song Performer

Life Events

1915

Weighed close to 15 pounds at birth; appeared stillborn until his grandmother held him under a cold water faucet

1935

Attatched himself to the 'Three Flashes' trio; on September 8th, they appeared as the 'Hoboken Four' on radio's "Major Bowes' Amateur Hour", winning that night with 40,000 people calling in--the then-largest vote in the show's history; toured with the quartet for six months

1940

Hired away by Tommy Dorsey for $100 a week; recorded more than 80 songs with Dorsey's orchestra, including "Stardust", "This Love of Mine" and "I'll Never Smile Again"

1941

Screen debut in "Las Vegas Nights" (as singer with Tommy Dorsey Band)

1943

Feature acting debut, "Higher and Higher"

1943

First solo hit, a recording of the Cole Porter standard, "Night and Day"

1945

First of three films with Gene Kelly, "Anchors Aweigh"

1945

Won a Special Academy Award for "The House I Live In", a progressive short about racial tolerance

1949

Acted opposite Kelly in what is considered Sinatra's best film of the decade, "On the Town", co-directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen

1953

Signed to recording contract by Capitol Records (date approximate)

1953

Begged executives at Columbia Pictures to play the key supporting role of Maggio in an all-star production of "From Here to Eternity"; agreed to play the part for only $8000; won Best Supporting Actor Oscar

1955

Co-starred with Marlon Brando and Vivian Blaine in film version of "Guys and Dolls"

1955

Earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for Otto Preminger's "The Man With the Golden Arm"

1955

Played the Stage Manager in TV adaptation of "Our Town" (NBC), intorduced the song "Love and Marriage"

1956

Co-starred with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in "High Society", a musicalized version of "The Philadelphia Story" with songs by Cole Porter

1956

First producing credit, "Johnny Concho" (also starred in title role)

1957

Portrayed nightclub performer Joe E Lewis in the biopic "The Joker Is Wild"

1959

Released "Come Dance with Me" (Capital), remained on charts for 140 weeks

1960

Co-starred in what is considered the epitome of 'The Rat Pack' films "Oceans Eleven"

1961

Left Capitol to form own record label, Reprise

1962

Starred in John Frankenheimer's political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"

1963

Sold two-thirds of Reprise to Warner Bros. for more than $3 million capital gain

1965

Only directing credit, "None but the Brave" (also starred in and produced)

1966

Starred in the TV special, "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music", which received a Peabody Award; show also featured daughter Nancy

1967

Last Number 1 hit single, "Something Stupid", a duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra (his first gold single)

1970

Last feature acting role for a decade, "Dirty Dingus Magee"

1971

Announced his retirement from show business; was back working again within two years

1974

Was one of the hosts/narrators of the compilation film "That's Entertainment"

1977

TV dramatic acting debut in the NBC movie "COntract on Cherry Street"

1980

Returned to films as star of "The First Deadly Sin"

1983

Honored with a tribute at Kennedy Center

1990

Last screen appearance in the documentary "Listen Up", a biographical portrait of composer-producer Quincy Jones

1990

Performed on the TV special, "Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come" (CBS)

1992

Was the subject of the five-hour TV miniseries, "Sinatra" (CBS), produced by daughter Tina

1995

Empire State Building glowed blue in honor of Ole Blue Eyes' 80th birthday

1995

ABC aired the tribute special "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way"

1997

Suffered "an uncomplicated heart attack" (January 9)

Photo Collections

Little Women - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Behind-the-Scenes Still
In a behind-the-scenes photo, Elizabeth Taylor (in costume for Little Women - 1949) poses with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra (in costume for Take Me Out to the Ball Game - 1949). Both were filming at MGM at the same time.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Group Publicity Stills
Here are a number of group publicity stills from the MGM musical Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Never So Few - Frank Sinatra & Gina Lollobrigida Publicity Stills
Here is a series of stills of Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida, taken for Never So Few (1959). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Marriage on the Rocks - Movie Posters
Marriage on the Rocks - Movie Posters
4 for Texas - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster from 4 for Texas (1963), starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Manchurian Candidate - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962), starring Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, and Janet Leigh.
Pal Joey - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Pal Joey (1957), starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Kim Novak. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Guys and Dolls - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for MGM's Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, and Frank Sinatra.
Never So Few - Movie Posters
Here are a few original movie posters from MGM's Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra and Gina Lolabrigida. For the 1960s re-issue poster, supporting player Steve McQueen was elevated to co-star on the poster art.
Anchors Aweigh - Publicity Photos - Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly
Here is a group of publicity stills from Anchors Aweigh (1945), featuring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
A Hole in the Head - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Robin and the 7 Hoods - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release movie posters from Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), starring Frank Sinatra and members of the Rat Pack. Included is a rare British Quad poster.
Battleground - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Battleground (1949), directed by William Wellman and starring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore, George Murphy, and many others.
High Society - Publicity Stills
Here are several Publicity Stills from High Society (1956). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
High Society - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for High Society (1956), starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly.
High Society - Grace Kelly Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are several photos of Grace Kelly taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's High Society (1956), costarring Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and directed by Charles Walters.
Suddenly - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters from Suddenly (1954), starring Frank Sinatra.
The Tender Trap - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from MGM's The Tender Trap (1955), starring Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Somebody Up There Likes Me - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), starring Paul Newman and Pier Angeli, and directed by Robert Wise.
Ocean's Eleven - Movie Posters
Here are several original release movie posters from Ocean's Eleven (1960), starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson.
From Here to Eternity - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for From Here to Eternity (1953), starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, and Donna Reed.
The Man with the Golden Arm - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1956), starring Frank Sinatra. The main poster design is by Saul Bass.
It Happened in Brooklyn - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Peter Lawford.
The Kissing Bandit - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for MGM's The Kissing Bandit (1949), starring Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson.
The Kissing Bandit - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from MGM's Bedlam (1946), starring Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
On the Town - Group Publicity Stills
Here is a series of stills taken to publicize MGM's On the Town (1949) featuring the cast around a park bench. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Till the Clouds Roll By - Frank Sinatra Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Till the Clouds Roll By (1947), as Frank Sinatra films the finale, "Ol' Man River."
Anchors Aweigh - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Anchors Aweigh (1945). Look for stars Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Kathryn Grayson, director George Sidney, and even MGM cartoon stars Tom & Jerry!
Anchors Aweigh - Complete Shooting Script
Here is a copy of the complete shooting script (158 pages) for MGM's Anchors Aweigh (1945), written by Isobel Lennart. This a version dated 6/8/44 - the different colored pages indicate revisions made during the scripting process.
Kings Go Forth - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for Kings Go Forth (1958), starring Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood.
The Tender Trap - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Tender Trap (1955), starring Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, and Celeste Holm.
Some Came Running - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Some Came Running (1959), directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine.
Anchors Aweigh - reissue Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Anchors Aweigh (1945). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater. This pressbook was prepared for the 1955 reissue.
Some Came Running - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of Publicity Stills from Some Came Running (1958). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
None but the Brave - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for None but the Brave (1965), starring Frank Sinatra. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Never So Few - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen, and directed by John Sturges.
The Tender Trap - Publicity Stills
Here are several stills taken to help publicize MGM's The Tender Trap (1955), starring Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, and Celeste Holm. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
A Hole in the Head - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Never So Few - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for MGM's Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater. The original Herald insert is also included.
Frank Sinatra - MGM Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills of Frank Sinatra, taken at the beginning of his movie contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Sergeants 3 - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release American movie posters for Sergeants 3 (1964), the Rat Pack western starring Frank Sinatra and friends.
The Pride and the Passion - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Pride and the Passion (1957), starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Sophia Loren. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Young at Heart - Movie Poster
Here is the Window Card from Warner Bros' Young at Heart (1955), starring Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. Window Cards were 14x22 mini posters designed to be placed in store windows around town during a film's engagement. A blank space at the top of the poster featured theater and playdate infromation.
The Joker is Wild - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Joker is Wild (1957), starring Frank Sinatra. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Higher and Higher - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from RKO's Higher and Higher (1943), featuring Frank Sinatra. Sinatra filmed a supporting role for the film, but his fame was so great by the time the movie was released, the studio billed it as "The Sinatra Show."
Cast a Giant Shadow - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), featuring an all-star cast. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
None but the Brave - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for None but the Brave (1965), starring and directed by Frank Sinatra.
Dirty Dingus Mcgee - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Dirty Dingus Mcgee (1970), starring Frank Sinatra. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Kissing Bandit - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Kissing Bandit (1949), starring Frank Sinatra. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The House I Live In - Movie Poster
Here is the One Sheet movie poster for the RKO short subject The House I Live In (1945), starring Frank Sinatra. It was very unusual for a studio to create a full-color poster for a short subject, but this film about post-war religious tolerance was not a typical studio short.
Robin and the 7 Hoods - Novelization
Here is the Pocket Books tie-in novelization of Robin and the 7 Hoods, by Jack Pearl.
The Thin Man Goes Home - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Videos

Movie Clip

Double Dynamite (1951) - He Graduated Magna Cum Nothing! Frank Sinatra (as bank teller Johnny) and pal Emil (Groucho Marx) are talking through walls with his neighbor, fianceè and co-worker “Mibs” (Jane Russell), who thinks he’s been embezzling, hoping to intercept the fur he sent her, and annoyed that she’s dating a rival for revenge, in Double Dynamite, 1951.
Pepe (1960) - How Humiliatin'! Cantinflas (title character), seeking his beloved horse, has reached Las Vegas, where director George Sidney lays down another barrage of cameos, this time including Frank Sinatra, Cesar Romero, Jimmy Durante and just the start of Dean Martin's bit (Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. done earlier), in Pepe, 1960.
Assault On A Queen - She Walks Well Grizzled boatmen Mark (Frank Sinatra) and Linc (Errol John) receive huckster Rossiter (Tony Franciosa) and girlfriend Rosa (Virna Lisi), who had a deep-sea diver die while working for them, early in Assault On A Queen, 1966.
Double Dynamite (1951) - On $42.50 A Week Opening introduces Jane Russell as bank teller Mildred and Don McGuire as Bob, the annoying son of the big boss, then Frank Sinatra as fellow teller (and her fianceè) Johnny, getting nowhere seeking a raise from the manager (Harry Hayden), in RKO’s Double Dynamite, 1951, also starring Groucho Marx.
Double Dynamite (1951) - Live Dangerously! Engaged bank tellers Johnny and “Mibs” (Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell) at lunch, just before Christmas, after he’s failed to get the raise he thinks they need to get married, and the first scene for Groucho Marx, who shared top billing, as waiter Emil, in Double Dynamite, 1951.
Double Dynamite (1951) - I Don't Wear Shirts At Christmas-time in Los Angeles, broke bank teller Johnny (Frank Sinatra) has just rescued Nestor Paiva (whom we’ll learn is Hot Horse Harris, a big time bookie) from muggers, and he insists on compensation, Lou Nova as Santa, Joe Devlin the muscle, in Double Dynamite, 1951, also starring Jane Russell and Groucho Marx.
On the Town (1949) - New York, New York (Open) Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) launch their shore leave with Comden & Green's "New York, New York" in the first musical shot on location, directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, On the Town, 1949.
On the Town (1949) - My Place! Cabbie Hildy (Betty Garrett) has advice for tourist Chip (Frank Sinatra) delivered through the song "Come Up to My Place" by Leonard Bernstein, Beddy Comden and Adolph Green, in On the Town, 1949.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) - Jealousy! Kathryn Grayson as Susan, widowed de-facto mother of her nephew, who hasn’t sung a note thus far, is eager to thank her new on-leave Navy pals Joe and Clarence (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra), at an L-A Mexican club, the famous song by the Danish composer Jacob Gade, English lyric by Patience Strong, in Anchors Aweigh, 1945.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) - I Always Get Sung To Sleep! On shore-leave in L-A sailors Joe and Clarence (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra) have agreed to put their new pal Donald (Dean Stockwell) to bed, Frank supplying Brahms’ Lullaby, then hoping to apply Gene’s promised romantic advice to his guardian-aunt Susan (Kathryn Grayson), in MGM’s Anchors Aweigh, 1945.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) - I Begged Her Returning to sailors' lodgings after their first night on leave, Doolittle (Frank Sinatra) forgetting to brag, Brady (Gene Kelly) correcting, into their Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number, staged by Kelly and Jack Donohue, in Anchors Aweigh, 1945.
It Happened In Brooklyn (1947) - Johann Sebastian Bach De-mobbed Danny (Frank Sinatra) gets a lift from schoolteacher Anne (Kathryn Grayson), acting on orders from a street cop, then to her classroom for her first vocal, a lyric from the credited songwriters (presumably Sammy Cahn, maybe Jule Styne) to a famous Bach miniature composition, Invention No. 1, in It Happened In Brooklyn, 1947.

Trailer

Manchurian Candidate, The (1962) - (Original Trailer) A Korean War hero doesn't realize he's been programmed to kill in the original The Manchurian Candidate (1962) starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, from the novel by Richard Condon.
Pal Joey - (Original Trailer) Get a lesson in "Joey's Jargon" from Frank Sinatra himself, on the set of Pal Joey (1957).
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) -- (Original Trailer) Original trailer for the Frank Sinatra comic-Western Dirty Dingus Magee, 1970, featuring George Kennedy, Anne Jackson and Michele Carey, directed by Burt Kennedy.
Man With The Golden Arm, The - (Original Trailer) A junkie (Frank Sinatra) must face his true self to kick his drug addiction in Otto Preminger's groundbreaking movie, The Man With The Golden Arm (1955).
High Society - (Trailer) High Society, 1956 Original theatrical trailer for High Society, 1956, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm, featuring original songs by Cole Porter.
Pride and The Passion, The - (Original Trailer) A British naval officer (Cary Grant) helps Spanish peasants haul a large cannon cross-country to battle Napoleon in The Pride and The Passion (1957).
Guys And Dolls - (Original Trailer) Ed Sullivan hosts the trailer for the movie version of the Broadway musical Guys And Dolls (1955) starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
On the Town - (Original Trailer) Three sailors wreck havoc during a whirlwind 24-hour shore leave in New York City in On the Town (1949) starring Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra.
Anchors Aweigh - (Original Trailer) A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star in Anchors Aweigh (1945) starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson.
That's Entertainment! - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast, including Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire, introduce clips from MGM's greatest musicals in That's Entertainment! (1974).
Hole In The Head, A - (Original Trailer) Frank Sinatra is a single father whose swinging lifestyle could cost him custody of his son in Frank Capra's A Hole In The Head (1959).
Take Me Out to the Ball Game - (Original Trailer) A beautiful woman takes over a turn-of-the-century baseball team in this MGM color musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

Promo

Family

Martin Anthony Sinatra
Father
Firefighter, professional boxer. Italian; boxed under name Marty O'Brien; opened a tavern and later was appointed Hoboken fire captain; died of a heart attack in 1969.
Natalie Sinatra
Mother
Barmaid, nurse, chocolate dipper. Born in Genoa, Italy; worked as barmaid at husband's tavern (Marty O'Brien's Bar); was a Democratic ward boss who could guarantee the Party machine at least 500 votes at every election; died in 1977.
Nancy Sinatra
Daughter
Singer, actor. Born on June 8, 1940; has written two books about her father.
Frank Sinatra Jr
Son
Singer, actor. Born on January 10, 1943; conducted father's orchestra.
Christine Sinatra
Daughter
Producer. Born on June 20, 1948; produced CBS miniseries "Sinatra" based on father's life.

Companions

Nancy Sinatra
Wife
Married on February 4, 1939; divorced on October 29, 1951.
Ava Gardner
Wife
Actor. Married on November 7, 1951; separated on October 27, 1953; divorced in 1957.
Lauren Bacall
Companion
Actor. Sinatra ended their relationship when news of their engagement was leaked to the press in 1958.
Lady Adelle Beatty
Companion
Together from 1958 until c. 1960.
Juliet Prowse
Companion
Dancer, actor.
Dorothy Provine
Companion
Actor.
Mia Farrow
Wife
Actor. Married on July 17, 1966; divorced in 1968.
Barbara Ann Marx
Wife
Showgirl. Married in July 1976; born c. 1928; formerly married to Zeppo Marx.

Bibliography

"My Father's Daughter"
Tina Sinatra with Jeff Coplon, Simon & Schuster (2000)
"Why Sinatra Matters"
Pete Hamill, Little, Brown (1998)
"Sinatra--Behind the Legend"
J Randy Taraborelli, Birch Lane Press (1997)
"The Way You Wear Your Hat"
Bill Zehme, HarperCollins (1997)
"Sinatra: The Artist and the Man"
John Lahr, Random House (1997)
"All or Nothing At All" A Life of Frank Sinatra"
Donald Clarke, Fromm International (1997)
"Sinatra! The Song Is You: A Singer's Art"
Will Friedwald, Scribner (1995)
"The Frank Sinatra Reader"
Steven Petkov and Leonard Mustazza (editors), Oxford University Press (1995)
"Frank Sinatra: An American Legend"
Nancy Sinatra, Virgin/General Publishing Group (1995)
"Sinatra: The Pictorial Biography"
Lew Irwin, Courage Books/Running Press (1995)
"Sinatra: The Man and His Music--The Recording Artistry of Francis Albert Sinatra, 1939-92"
Ed O'Brien and Scott P Sayers (1992)
"His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra"
Kitty Kelley (1986)
"Frank Sinatra, My Father"
Nancy Sinatra
"Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party"
Shawn Levy, Doubleday

Notes

In the annual theatre exhibitors' poll of the ten most popular boxoffice stars at the movies, Sinatra placed 10th in 1956, 5th in 1957, 10th in 1958, 7th in 1959, 8th in 1960 and 8th in 1962.

Presented by Austria with the Cross of Science and Arts (1984).

Received an honorary doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1985. It was Sinatra's first official return to the city of his birth since presented with the key to Hoboken in 1947.

His fabled fall and dramatic resurgence allegedly served as the basis for the Johnny Fontane character in Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather" and its 1972 film adaptation.

"He created the art of intimate singing. He's taught us all how to sing psychologically. In the old days, singers used to belt songs so [fans] could hear you in the back row. Frank sings like he feels." --Tony Bennett in USA Today, December 10, 1990.

"It's not just the songs, but how he sings them. You believe the story when he sings. He sells a great lyric." --George Burns in USA Today, December 10, 1990

"No one can touch him." --Jim Morrison, lead singer of the legendary rock band The Doors.

"My first recollection of Frank's voice was coming out of a jukebox in a dark bar on a Sunday afternoon, when my mother and I went searching for my father, and I remember she said, 'Listen to that, that's Frank Sinatra. He's from Jersey.' It was a voice filled with bad attitude, life, beauty, excitement, a nasty sense of freedom, sex, and a sad knowledge of the ways of the world. Every song seemed to have as its postscript 'And if you don't like, here's a punch in the kisser.' But it was the deep blueness of Frank's voice that affected me the most, and, while his music became synonymous with black tie, good life, the best booze, women, sophistication, his blues voice was always the sound of hard luck and men late at night with the last ten dollars in their pockets trying to figure a way out. On behalf of all New Jersey, Frank, I want to say, 'Hail, brother, you sang out your soul.'" --Bruce Springsteen during a televised homage to Sinatra in honor his 80th birthday.

Presided over the Friars Club as the Abbot.

"He was the loneliest man I've ever known." --actor-producer Brad Dexter recalling Sinatra in GQ, November 1999.