Ol' Blue Eyes -
None other than the popular Italian-American singer,
actor Francis "Frank" Albert Sinatra often called by his showbiz
nickname "Ol' Blues Eyes." Discovered on a 1937 radio broadcast of
MAJOR BOWES ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR, Frank Sinatra jumped from radio
to the new medium of television in the early 1950s with a musical
variety show THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW/CBS/1950-52. Winning an Oscar®
for From Here To Eternity (1953) gave Sinatra a new career as an
Frank sang "Love & Marriage" (a major hit record for him) during
a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" on an
episode of the NBC anthology PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE in 1955. Years
later, this song was the theme song for the sitcom MARRIED...WITH
Ol' Blue Eyes returned to television for a
short-lived variety drama THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW/ABC/1957-58. His
daughter Nancy Sinatra made her professional debut on this program
on November 1, 1957.
During the 1950s and 1960s Frank Sinatra guest
starred on a number variety series including CLUB OASIS, THE COLGATE
COMEDY HOUR, HOLLYWOOD PALACE, and MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS.
a regular on NBC's DEAN MARTIN PRESENTS in 1968 and in 1973 he
appeared on a NBC Special entitled "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back."
a few rare television appearances including the NBC TV-movie
Contract on Cherry Street (1977) about a New York police officer
involved in an assassination conspiracy; the (2/25/87) episode of
the CBS detective drama MAGNUM, P.I. as Michael Doheny, a tough,
retired New York Cop investigating an unsolved murder; a cameo
appearance on a 1989 episode of WHO'S THE BOSS on the ABC Network;
and on ABC's Sinatra: 80 Years My Way on December 14, 1995.
Eyes has also been called "King of the Rat Pack", "Chairman of the
Board", "Frankie-Boy", "The Pope", "The Leader","The Swooner", "The Voice",
and "The Dago".
After 50 films and 200 albums Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998
at the age of 82. See also - "The
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