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Frank Sinatra

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment (1973)
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Birthplace:   Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Whether he was called "The Voice," "Ol' Blue Eyes," or "The Chairman of the Board," Frank Sinatra's nicknames all conveyed the adulation and respect reserved for a man who was commonly thought of as the best American popular singer of the 20th century. Sinatra's voice, whether manifested in song or spoken word, caressed the ears of many a listener for more than five decades. Sinatra's legacy -- countless songs and more than 70 films -- continue to ensure him the kind of popularity that has reached beyond the grave to elevate him past the status of mere icon to that of cultural institution.Born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915, Sinatra grew up poor in Hoboken, NJ. After working for a newspaper, he organized the Hoboken Four, a singing group. He got his first break when he won first prize on radio's "Major Bowes Amateur Hour," and went on to perform in nightclubs and on radio. Sinatra then landed the job of vocalist with the Harry James band, and later switched to Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. It was during his tenure with Dorsey's group that Sinatra made his first two films in uncredited roles as a singer in the bands in Las Vegas Nights (1941) and Ship Ahoy (1942). In 1942, Sinatra's attempt to become a solo artist met with great success, especially in the hearts, minds, and ears of many American women and girls, who flocked to his performances with a fervor that would be replicated two decades later with the arrival of the Beatles. Soon, Sinatra was the "dream-date" idol of millions of American girls and, for several years, was enormously popular on-stage in addition to other venues, including radio, records, and nightclubs. To complement his popularity as a singer, Sinatra began acting, playing in a number of light musical films throughout the '40s. His first real acting role came in Higher and Higher (1943); other notable movies from this period in his career included Take Me out to the Ballgame (1949), co-starring Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, and On the Town, also made in 1949 and co-starring Kelly, who co-directed the picture with Stanley Donen. Sinatra suffered a career setback in 1952 when his vocal cords hemorrhaged and he was dropped by MCA, the monolithic talent agency. Having established a shaky screen career, he fought back and landed the role of Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953) after begging Columbia for the part and then agreeing to take it for a mere 8,000 dollars. His performance won him the 1954 Best Supporting Actor Oscar and a Golden Globe, and, in the process, resuscitated his faltering career. Sinatra appeared in several more movies in the '50s, receiving a 1956 Best Actor Oscar nomination and a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his portrayal of a drug addict in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). In addition, he took home a Golden Globe for his performance in Pal Joey (1957). Soon Sinatra was back on top as a performer, earning the nickname "The Chairman of the Board." Sinatra continued to do frequent film work, making a screen appearance with his Rat Pack colleagues Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop in Ocean's Eleven (1960). Most notably, Sinatra gave a subtle, troubled portrayal of the haunted Captain Bennett Marco in John Frankenheimer's Cold War classic The Manchurian Candidate. His last role was as an aging detective in The First Deadly Sin (1980). Sinatra also appeared on various television shows during the '80s and went on to have hit records as late as the early '90s. His four wives included actresses Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, and he fathered actor/singers Frank Sinatra Jr. and Nancy Sinatra, as well as another daughter, Tina. Sinatra died of a heart attack on May 14, 1998, in Los Angeles. He is buried in Palm Springs, CA.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Chicago Cubs: The Heart and Soul of Chicago
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Take Me Out to the Ballgame
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet A Música Segundo Tom Jobim (The Music According to Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  • Actor
2011
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Big Time Swing
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Great Crooners
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1960s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Sleepytime Down South: Slow and Easy Tracks from the Golden Era of Jazz
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Rat Pack - Most Famous Hits
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Most Famous Hits - Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Boys are Back in Town: Classic Tracks From the Gentlemen of Jazz
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Judy Garland - Judy Duets
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra, Reflections
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Singing With Friends
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Great Entertainers
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: The Man and the Myth
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Great American Songbook
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Karaoke - Frank Sinatra & Friends
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Sinatra: The Classic Duets
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Sinatra: Singing at His Best
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Ocean's 11 Story
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Rat Pack
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Rat Pack's Las Vegas
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet A Bing Crosby Christmas
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Sinatra: They Were Good Years
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Celine Dion - All the Way: A Decade of Song & Video
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Memorial
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Rat Pack
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: The Hollywood Years
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: The Man and The Legend
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: On Television
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Movies
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet World's Greatest Movie Challenge
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Nat "King" Cole: Unforgettable
  • Actor
1989
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Singing Sword
1988
No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra - Portrait of an Album
  • Actor
1985
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music - With the Count Basie Orchestra
  • Actor
1981
63% The First Deadly Sin
  • Executive Producer
  • Edward Delaney
1980
No Score Yet That's Entertainment, Part 2
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Orson Welles
  • Host
1975
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra - The Main Event
  • Actor
1974
100% That's Entertainment
  • Narrator
1973
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Ol' Blue Eyes is Back
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra in Concert at Royal Festival Hall
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Dirty Dingus Magee
  • Dingus Billy Magee
1970
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Sinatra
  • Director
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet The Detective
  • Det. Sgt. Joe Leland
1968
50% Lady in Cement
  • Tony Rome
1968
No Score Yet The Naked Runner
  • Sam Laker
1967
60% Tony Rome
  • Tony Rome
1967
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Vince Talmadge
1966
18% The Oscar
  • Himself
1966
No Score Yet Assault on a Queen
  • Executive Producer
  • Mark Brittain
1966
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music Part II - With Special Guest Nancy Sinatra
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks
  • Dan Edwards
1965
89% Von Ryan's Express
  • Col. Joseph L. Ryan
1965
No Score Yet None But the Brave
  • Chief Pharmacist's Mate Maloney
  • Director
  • Producer
1965
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods
  • Producer
  • Robbo
1964
57% Paris When It Sizzles
  • [singing]
1964
11% Four for Texas
  • Zack Thomas
1963
69% The List of Adrian Messenger
  • Gypsy Stableman
1963
83% Come Blow Your Horn
  • Alan Baker
1963
98% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Bennett Marco
1962
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong
  • Guest Star
1962
No Score Yet Sergeants 3
  • 1st Sgt. Mike Merry
  • Producer
1962
No Score Yet X-15
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet The Devil at 4 O'clock
  • Harry
1961
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Himself
1960
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Danny Ocean
1960
No Score Yet Never So Few
  • Capt. Tom Reynolds
1960
No Score Yet Can-Can
  • Francois Durnais
1960
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra - The Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis
  • Actor
1960
67% A Hole in the Head
  • Producer
  • Tony Manetta
1959
80% Some Came Running
  • Dave Hirsh
1959
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Show with Ella Fitzgerald
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Kings Go Forth
  • 1st Lt. Sam Loggins
1958
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Show
  • Actor
1958
75% Pal Joey
  • Joey Evans
1957
14% The Pride and the Passion
  • Miguel
1957
No Score Yet The Joker Is Wild
  • Joe E. Lewis
1957
No Score Yet Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank
  • Actor
  • Director
1957
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Saloon Pianist
1956
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas
  • Man at Slot Machine - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
1956
81% High Society
  • Mike Connor
1956
86% The Man With the Golden Arm
  • Frankie Machine
1955
0% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger)
  • Alfred Boone
1955
90% Guys and Dolls
  • Nathan Detroit
1955
67% The Tender Trap
  • Charlie Y. Reader
1955
86% Young at Heart
  • Barney Sloan
1954
100% Suddenly
  • John Baron
1954
92% From Here to Eternity
  • Pvt. Angelo Maggio
1953
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Meet Danny Wilson
  • Danny Wilson
1952
No Score Yet Jukebox Saturday Night
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money)
  • Johnny Dalton
1951
96% On the Town
  • Chip
1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • Dennis Ryan
1949
No Score Yet The Kissing Bandit
  • Ricardo
1948
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells
  • Father Paul
1948
No Score Yet It Happened in Brooklyn
  • Danny Webson Miller
1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By
  • Finale
1947
No Score Yet The House I Live In
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet A Thousand and One Nights
  • [Uncredited]
1945
62% Anchors Aweigh
  • Clarence Doolittle
1945
No Score Yet The All-Star Bond Rally
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Step Lively
  • Glen Russell
1944
No Score Yet Higher and Higher
  • Frank Sinatra
1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly
  • Himself
1943
No Score Yet Ship Ahoy
  • Singer in Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (uncredited)
1942

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • 2003
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2003

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