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Tony Bennett



One of America's foremost song stylists, Tony Bennett has enjoyed a career that began in the late 1930s and finds him still entertaining audiences well into the 21st century. Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, on August 3, 1926, Bennett was a music fan from an early age. He began singing professionally when he was just 13 years old, working part-time as a singing waiter to help support his family after the death of his father.



In 1946, after serving in World War II, Bennett began studying singing at the American Theater Wing under the G.I. Bill and developed a strong vocal technique and a sense of phrasing that owed a debt of influence to a number of great jazz instrumentalists. In 1950, Bennett was signed to Columbia Records and scored the first in a series of hit records that would last into the mid-1960s.



In 1956, Bennett hosted a summer replacement television program, The Tony Bennett Show, and he was a frequent guest on the leading television variety shows of the day. Bennett made his acting debut in 1959 in a guest role on Danny Thomas' successful situation comedy Make Room for Daddy, and in 1963 he appeared in a five-episode story arc on the drama series 77 Sunset Strip. But his big-screen debut in the 1966 potboiler The Oscar convinced him that he wasn't cut out to be an actor, and it would be almost 30 years before he returned to the screen, playing a guest-starring role on the situation comedy Evening Shade.



As tastes in popular music changed in the 1960s, Bennett's career went into a slump that lasted until the end of the 1970s. But with his son Danny Bennett serving as his manager, he began making a remarkable comeback in the 1980s, recording a number of acclaimed theme albums, making frequent appearances on Late Night With David Letterman, voicing himself on a 1990 episode of The Simpsons, and making a 1994 appearance on MTV Unplugged that confirmed he'd once again broken through to the pop audience.



Bennett's music has been used in dozens of notable films and television shows, including The Last Picture Show, Goodfellas, JFK, Swingers, and My Best Friend's Wedding. He became the subject of a 2012 documentary, The Zen of Bennett, which chronicled the recording of his album Duets II.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
  • Actor
2015
95% Amy
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark
  • Actor
2014
67% The Zen Of Bennett
  • Actor
2012
95% Sing Your Song
  • Tony Bennett
2012
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Last Play at Shea
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Les Paul: Chasing Sound
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet A Table in Heaven
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Judy Garland - Judy Duets
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Count Basie & Friends: A Special Evening of Jazz
  • Actor
2005
48% Bruce Almighty
  • Himself
2003
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An Intimate Night
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Count Basie at Carnegie Hall
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Tony Bennett's Wonderful World: Live in San Francisco
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Tony Bennett - It Don't Mean A Thing
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Goodnight Moon
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An Intimate Night
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Our Favorite Things - Christmas in Vienna
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Memorial
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Tony Bennett's New York
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Tony Bennett - Live by Request: An All Star Tribute
  • Actor
1996
22% The Scout
  • Himself
1994
No Score Yet Men, Movies, and Carol
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Tony Bennett - A Family Christmas
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Tony Bennett Live - Watch What Happens
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Judy Garland: The Concert Years
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Count Basie at Carnegie Hall
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Tony Bennett - A Special Evening With Tony Bennett
  • Actor
1981
18% The Oscar
  • Hymie Kelly
1966
No Score Yet Tony Bennett Sings
  • Actor
No Score Yet Crooners of the Century
  • Actor
No Score Yet Jack Jones on the Move
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • Performer
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • Performer
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Performer
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Italian Americans
2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Performer
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • Performer
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • Performer
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Performer
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • Performer
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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