Bobby Darin

Highest Rated: 86% Too Late Blues (1961)
Lowest Rated: 14% State Fair (1962)
Birthday: May 14, 1936
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of an Italian-born cabinetmaker, Bobby Darin briefly attended Hunter College, then supported himself as a singing waiter and musician at a Catskills resort. After scratching out a fitfully profitable existence as a commercial-jingle composer, Darin became a professional singer in 1956. He sent a demo record to up-and-coming record executive Don Kirschner, which resulted in a contract. Three flop singles later, Darin half-jokingly recorded a nonsense number titled "Splish Splash"--which turned out to be his first bonafide hit. Not wishing to be typed as a rock-and-roller, Darin adapted the old Kurt Weill/Bertoldt Brecht ballad "Moritat" into the top-selling "Mack the Knife"; this enabled him to break away from the onus of "teenage idol" and broaden his appeal to adults. Darin was eventually picked up by Universal Pictures to star in a series of lightweight but popular musical films, often co-starring his first wife, Sandra Dee. After turning in powerful dramatic performances in Pressure Point (1962) and Captain Newman MD (1963), Darin graduated from pop personality to serious actor; in fact, he was Oscar-nominated for his work in Newman. By the end of the 1960s, however, Darin's star was on the downgrade, and he seemed to have trouble keeping apace of changing musical tastes. Bobby Darin was in the process of making a comeback when he died at the age of 37, following open-heart surgery.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rock Around the Hits Actor 2007
No Score Yet Bobby Darin: Seeing Is Believing Actor 2006
No Score Yet Judy Garland - Judy Duets Actor 2005
No Score Yet Bobby Darin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Party Tyme Karaoke - Oldies 1 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song Actor 1998
No Score Yet Bobby Darin - Mack is Back! Actor 1973
No Score Yet Run, Stranger, Run Eddie 1973
No Score Yet Bobby Darin: The Darin Invasion Actor 1970
33% The Happy Ending Franco 1969
No Score Yet Gunfight in Abilene Cal Wayne 1967
No Score Yet Cop-Out Barney Teale 1967
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling Tom Milford 1965
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D. Cpl. Jim Tompkins 1963
No Score Yet Pressure Point Patient 1962
No Score Yet If a Man Answers Eugene Wright 1962
83% Hell Is for Heroes Pvt. Corby 1962
14% State Fair Jerry Dundee 1962
86% Too Late Blues John 'Ghost' Wakefield 1961
80% Come September Tony 1961
No Score Yet Pepe Himself 1960
67% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Man 1960
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Servant 1960
No Score Yet Jukebox Saturday Night Actor 1952

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970

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