Frank Sinatra filmography

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Sinatra, in c. 1943

Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.[1] Over the course of his acting career he created a body of work that one biographer described as being "as varied, impressive and rewarding as that of any other Hollywood star".[2]

Sinatra began his career as a singer, initially in his native Hoboken, New Jersey, but increasing success led to a contract to perform on stage and radio across the United States. One of his earliest film roles was in the 1935 short film Major Bowes' Amateur Theatre of the Air, a spin off from the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show.[3][4] He appeared in a full-length film in an uncredited cameo singing performance in Las Vegas Nights, singing "I'll Never Smile Again" with Tommy Dorsey's The Pied Pipers.[5] His work with Dorsey's band also led to appearances in the full-length films Las Vegas Nights (1941) and Ship Ahoy (1942). As Sinatra's singing career grew, he appeared in larger roles in feature films, several of which were musicals, including three alongside Gene Kelly: Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949).[1] As his acting career developed further, Sinatra also produced several of the film's in which he appeared, and directed one—None but the Brave—which he also produced and in which he starred.[6]

Sinatra's film and singing careers had declined by 1952, when he was out-of-contract with both his record company and film studio. In 1953 he re-kindled his film career by targeting serious roles: he auditioned for—and won—a role in From Here to Eternity for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.[1][7][8] Other serious roles followed, including a portrayal of an ex-convict and drug addict in The Man with the Golden Arm, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the British Academy Film Award for the Best Actor in a Leading Role.[9][10]

Sinatra received numerous awards for his film work. He won the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Pal Joey (1957),[8] and was nominated in the same category for Come Blow Your Horn (1963).[8] Three of the films in which Sinatra appears, The House I Live In (1945), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and From Here to Eternity (1953)—have been added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. The House I Live In—a film that opposes anti-Semitism and racism—was awarded a special Golden Globe and Academy Award.[11] In 1970, at the 43rd Academy Awards, Sinatra was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award;[12] the following year he was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.[8]

As actor[edit]

Sinatra in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Sinatra as Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953)
Sinatra and Grace Kelly on the set of High Society (1956)
Sinatra in 1957
Sinatra in 4 for Texas (1963)
Sinatra as the title character in Tony Rome (1967)
Title[13][14] Year Role Notes Ref.
Las Vegas Nights 1941 Singer - Tommy Dorsey's Band Uncredited [15][16]
Ship Ahoy 1942 Singer - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Uncredited [17][18]
Reveille with Beverly 1943 Himself [19][20]
Higher and Higher 1943 Himself [21][22]
Step Lively 1944 Glenn Russell [23][24]
Anchors Aweigh 1945 Clarence Doolittle [25][26]
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 Himself Cameo [27][28]
It Happened in Brooklyn 1947 Danny Webson Miller [29][30]
The Miracle of the Bells 1948 Father Paul [31][32]
The Kissing Bandit 1949 Ricardo [33][34]
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 1949 Dennis Ryan [35][36]
On the Town 1949 Chip [37][38]
Meet Danny Wilson 1951 Danny Wilson [39][40]
Double Dynamite 1951 Johnny Dalton [41][42]
From Here to Eternity 1953 Pvt. Angelo Maggio Winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
[43][7][8]
Suddenly 1954 John Baron [44][45]
Young at Heart 1954 Barney Sloan [46][47]
Not as a Stranger 1955 Alfred Boone Nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role [48][49]
Guys and Dolls 1955 Nathan Detroit [50][51]
The Tender Trap 1955 Charlie Y. Reader [52][53]
The Man with the Golden Arm 1955 Frankie Machine Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
[54][9][10]
Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 Man at Slot Machine Uncredited [55][56][3]
High Society 1956 Mike Connor [57][58]
Johnny Concho 1956 Johnny Concho [59][60]
Around the World in 80 Days 1956 Saloon Pianist Cameo [61][3]
The Pride and the Passion 1957 Miguel [62][63]
The Joker Is Wild 1957 Joe E. Lewis [64][65]
Pal Joey 1957 Joey Evans Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy [66][8]
Kings Go Forth 1958 1st Lt. Sam Loggins [67][68]
Some Came Running 1958 Dave Hirsh [69][70]
A Hole in the Head 1959 Tony Manetta [71][72]
Never So Few 1959 Capt. Tom Reynolds [73][74]
Can-Can 1960 François Durnais [75][76]
Ocean's 11 1960 Danny Ocean [77][78]
Pepe 1960 Himself Cameo [79][80]
The Devil at 4 O'Clock 1961 Harry [81][82]
Sergeants 3 1962 First-Sergeant Mike Merry [83][84]
The Road to Hong Kong 1962 Astronaut Uncredited, Cameo [85][3]
The Manchurian Candidate 1962 Bennett Marco [86][87]
The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 Gypsy Cameo [88][89]
Come Blow Your Horn 1963 Alan Baker Nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy [90][8][91]
4 for Texas 1963 Zack Thomas [92][93]
Paris When It Sizzles 1964 Singer Voice, Uncredited
Robin and the 7 Hoods 1964 Robbo [94][95]
None but the Brave 1965 Chief Pharmacist Mate [96][97]
Von Ryan's Express 1965 Colonel Joseph L. Ryan [98][99]
Marriage on the Rocks 1965 Dan Edwards [100][101]
Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 Vince Talmadge Cameo [102][103]
Assault on a Queen 1966 Mark Brittain [104][105]
The Oscar 1966 Himself Cameo [106][107]
The Naked Runner 1967 Sam Laker [108][109]
Tony Rome 1967 Tony Rome [110][111]
The Detective 1968 Det. Sgt. Joe Leland [112][113]
Lady in Cement 1968 Tony Rome [114][115]
Dirty Dingus Magee 1970 Dingus Billy Magee [116][117]
That's Entertainment! 1974 [118][119]
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 [120][121]
The First Deadly Sin 1980 Sgt. Edward Delaney [122][123]
Cannonball Run II 1984 Himself Cameo [124][125]
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 Singing Sword Cameo; voice only [126]

As producer[edit]

Sinatra in the recording studio in 1947
Year[14] Title Notes Ref.
1956 Johnny Concho [59]
1959 A Hole in the Head Executive producer [71]
1962 Sergeants 3 [83]
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods [94]
1965 None but the Brave [96]
1966 Assault on a Queen Executive producer [104]
1980 The First Deadly Sin Executive producer [122]

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
1965 None but the Brave Also produced and starred [96]

Shorts[edit]

Sinatra in November 1950
Title[14] Year Role Notes Ref.
Major Bowes' Amateur Theatre of the Air 1935 Himself Performed in blackface [127]
Road to Victory 1944 Himself Running time, 10 minutes [127]
Show Business at War 1944 Running time, 17 minutes [128]
The House I Live In 1945 Himself Running time, 10 minutes [129]
The All-Star Bond Rally 1945 Himself Running time, 19 minutes [127]
Lucky Strike Salesman's Movie 48-A 1948 Himself Running time, 10 minutes [127]
Hollywood Night Life 1952 Running time, 9 minutes [130]
Invitation to Monte Carlo 1959 Himself Running time, 46 minutes [131]
Sinatra in Israel 1962 Narrator Running time, 22.5 minutes [132]
Will Rogers Hospital Trailer 1965 Narrator / Himself Running time, 2.5 minutes [132]

Notes and references[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mustazza, Leonard. "Sinatra, Frank". American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved August 16, 2016.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ O'Brien 1998, p. 4.
  3. ^ a b c d O'Brien 1998, p. 204.
  4. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, pp. 26–27.
  5. ^ Feather, Leonard (November 24, 1973). Jazzmen Have Always Favored FS. Billboard. p. 44. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  6. ^ O'Brien 1998, p. 10.
  7. ^ a b "The 26th Academy Awards: 1954". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Frank Sinatra". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "The 28th Academy Awards: 1956". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Film: Foreign Actor in 1957". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Raymond 2015, p. 48.
  12. ^ "The 43rd Academy Awards: 1971". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Frank Sinatra". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c "Frank Sinatra". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Las Vegas Nights". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  16. ^ Knight 2010, p. 13.
  17. ^ "Ship Ahoy". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  18. ^ Knight 2010, p. 20.
  19. ^ "Reveille with Beverly". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  20. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 33.
  21. ^ "Higher and Higher". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  22. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 35.
  23. ^ "Step Lively". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  24. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 39.
  25. ^ "Anchors Aweigh". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  26. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 43.
  27. ^ "Till the Clouds Roll By". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  28. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 49.
  29. ^ "It Happened in Brooklyn". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  30. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 52.
  31. ^ "The Miracle of the Bells". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  32. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 55.
  33. ^ "The Kissing Bandit". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  34. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 58.
  35. ^ "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  36. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 61.
  37. ^ "On the Town". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  38. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 64.
  39. ^ "Meet Danny Wilson". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  40. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 72.
  41. ^ "Double Dynamite". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  42. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 69.
  43. ^ "From Here to Eternity". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  44. ^ "Suddenly". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  45. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 81.
  46. ^ "Young at Heart". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  47. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 85.
  48. ^ "Not As a Stranger". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  49. ^ "Film: Foreign Actor in 1956". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  50. ^ "Guys and Dolls". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  51. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 98.
  52. ^ "The Tender Trap". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  53. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 91.
  54. ^ "The Man with the Golden Arm". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  55. ^ "Meet Me in Las Vegas". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  56. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 26.
  57. ^ "High Society". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  58. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 114.
  59. ^ a b "Johnny Concho". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  60. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 111.
  61. ^ "Around the World in Eighty Days". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  62. ^ "The Pride and the Passion". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  63. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 126.
  64. ^ "The Joker Is Wild". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  65. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 129.
  66. ^ "Pal Joey". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  67. ^ "Kings Go Forth". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  68. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 142.
  69. ^ "Some Came Running". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  70. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 146.
  71. ^ a b "A Hole in the Head". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  72. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 151.
  73. ^ "Never So Few". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  74. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 155.
  75. ^ "Can-Can". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  76. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 161.
  77. ^ "Ocean's Eleven". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  78. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 164.
  79. ^ "Pepe". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  80. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 169.
  81. ^ "The Devil at 4 O'Clock". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  82. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 172.
  83. ^ a b "Sergeants 3". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  84. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 177.
  85. ^ "The Road to Hong Kong". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  86. ^ "The Manchurian Candidate". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  87. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 185.
  88. ^ "The List of Adrian Messenger". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  89. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 193.
  90. ^ "Come Blow Your Horn". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  91. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 189.
  92. ^ "4 for Texas". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  93. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 196.
  94. ^ a b "Robin and the 7 Hoods". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  95. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 199.
  96. ^ a b c "None but the Brave". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  97. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 202.
  98. ^ "Von Ryan's Express". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  99. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 206.
  100. ^ "Marriage on the Rocks". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  101. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 210.
  102. ^ "Cast a Giant Shadow". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  103. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 214.
  104. ^ a b "Assault on a Queen". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  105. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 220.
  106. ^ "The Oscar". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  107. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 217.
  108. ^ "The Naked Runner". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  109. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 225.
  110. ^ "Tony Rome". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  111. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 229.
  112. ^ "The Detective". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  113. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 233.
  114. ^ "Lady in Cement". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  115. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 236.
  116. ^ "Dirty Dingus Magee". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  117. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 239.
  118. ^ "That's Entertainment". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  119. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 241.
  120. ^ "That's Entertainment, Part 2". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  121. ^ O'Brien 1998, p. 210.
  122. ^ a b "The First Deadly Sin". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  123. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 245.
  124. ^ "Cannonball Run II". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  125. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 248.
  126. ^ "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  127. ^ a b c d Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 249.
  128. ^ Quinlan 2000, p. 477.
  129. ^ Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 47.
  130. ^ Green 2014, p. 194.
  131. ^ O'Brien 1998, p. 209.
  132. ^ a b Ringgold & McCarty 1973, p. 250.

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