Frank Sinatra - The
popular Italian-American singer, actor Francis
"Frank" Albert Sinatra often called by his
showbiz nickname "Ol' Blues Eyes."
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
Winning an Oscar® for From
Here To Eternity (1953) gave Sinatra a new
career as an actor.
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 CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97.
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.
Sinatra was 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."
He made 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
Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 after 50
films and 200 albums. He was 82. See also
"The Rat Pack"
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