Barry Manilow

Singer, Songwriter, Musician
An immensely talented singer-musician, Barry Manilow trained at Juilliard before creating several endlessly lucrative jingles for such companies as State Farm and Band-Aid. After accompanying Bette Midler during her ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

A Capitol Fourth 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Cranberry Christmas 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ellen's Really Big Show 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Clay Aiken Christmas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

ABC's Christmas in Aspen 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Musicians 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Manilow Country 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Somers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Manilow Live By Request 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas at Home With the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 Miss USA Pageant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Manilow: The Best of Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Manilow: SRO on Broadway 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne and Friends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '88 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

New York City Marathon 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '87 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '86 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

National Off-The-Wall People's Poll 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Manilow -- One Voice 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Barry Manilow Special 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Barry Manilow Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barry Manilow Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Copacabana (TV Show)

Actor

Manilow Live! (TV Show)

Actor
Music (39)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Somewhere In The Night") (Song Performer)

Despicable Me 2010 (Movie)

("Copacabana") (Song)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2009 (Movie)

("Weekend In New England") (Song Performer)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 (Movie)

("Can't Smile Without You") (Song Performer)

Rachel Getting Married 2008 (Movie)

("Could It Be Magic") (Song)

The Heartbreak Kid 2007 (Movie)

("Ready To Take A Chance Again") (Song Performer)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

("Can't Smile Without You") (Song Performer)

Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song Performer

See Spot Run 2001 (Movie)

("Can't Smile Without You") (Song Performer)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

("Copacabana") (Song)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

("Ready to Take a Chance Again") (Song Performer)

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

("Mandy" "Ready To Take A Chance Again") (Song Performer)

Disturbing Behavior 1998 (Movie)

("Can't Smile Without You") (Song Performer)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

("Mandy") (Song Performer)

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

("Daybreak") (Song Performer)

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Pebble and the Penguin 1995 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

The Pebble and the Penguin 1995 (Movie)

(Composer)

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

(Composer)

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

songs original underscore (Song)

Serial Mom 1994 (Movie)

("Daybreak") (Song Performer)

Serial Mom 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

The Vanishing 1993 (Movie)

("Copacabana") (Song)

American Bandstand 1956 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Heat 1987 (Movie)

("I'm Your Man") (Music)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("In the Mood") (Theme Lyrics)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

("Copacabana (At the Copa)") (Song)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

("Copacabana (At the Copa)") (Song Performer)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

The Music of Your Life 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Theme Song

The Drunkard 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Music

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

("We Still Have Time") (Song Performer)

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

The Line 1979 (Movie)

("I Am Your Child") (Song Performer)

The Line 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

("Copacabana (at the Copa)") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

An immensely talented singer-musician, Barry Manilow trained at Juilliard before creating several endlessly lucrative jingles for such companies as State Farm and Band-Aid. After accompanying Bette Midler during her famous bathhouse sets, he produced her first two albums, and also began longtime professional friendships with Clive Davis and Dick Clark, gifting the latter with "It's Just another New Year's Eve" and a new version of "Bandstand Boogie." Manilow embarked on his own successful solo career with his 1973 debut album, which included the future Donna Summer single "Could it Be Magic," and he would go on to notch the hit ballads "Mandy," "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Ready To Take a Chance Again" and his most iconic smash, the upbeat, infectious "Copacabana." Frequently mocked for his middle-of-the-road persona and soft-focus music as well as his ambiguous sexuality, Manilow displayed a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor, and embarked on multiple successful international tours. He contributed a song to "Oliver & Company" (1988), co-wrote the scores for the animated films "Thumbelina" (1994) and "The Pebble and the Penguin" (1995), and co-wrote several live-action musicals. An Emmy winner, Manilow topped the Billboard album charts for the first time with 2006's The Greatest Songs of the Fifties and booked long-running stints in Las Vegas and on "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). Self-aware of his campy but inescapable appeal, Barry Manilow achieved international fame as a much-loved superstar.

Relationships

Harold Kelliher

Father

William Murphy

Step-Father

Linda Allen

Companion
had on-again, off-again relationship from the late 1960s

Susan Manilow

Wife
met in high school divorced

Edna Manilow

Mother
died in 1994

Joseph Manilow

Grandfather
helped to raise him

Esther Manilow

Grandmother
helped to raise him

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
took classes

City College of New York

New York , New York
dropped out in second year to enroll at New York College of Music

attended Hebrew school

New York College of Music

New York , New York

Eastern District High School

Brooklyn , New York 1961

Milestones

2008

Earned a Grammy nomination for his album In The Swing Of Christmas

2005

Signed a deal to perform his "Music and Passion" show at the Las Vegas Hilton through 2008

2004

Released both a live album, 2 Nights Live! and a soundtrack album of his musicals Scores

2004

Appeared as a guest judge for the fox reality show "American Idol"

2002

Portrayed himself in the comedy "Unconditional Love," in which Manilow's hit "Can't Smile Without You" plays a key role in the plot

2000

Left Arista Records for Concord Records, a jazz-oriented label in California

1997

Premiered "Harmony", a musical about the Comedian Harmonists at the La Jolla Playhouse

1995

Collaborated on the song score for the animated film "The Pebble and the Penguin"

1994

Wrote the score for the stage production "Copacabana - The Musical"

1994

Co-wrote the songs for the animated "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina"

1989

Starred on Broadway in "Barry Manilow at the Gershwin"

1987

Headlined the CBS special "Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street"

1987

Returned to Arista Records; released "Swing Street"

1985

First recording on RCA, "Manilow"

1985

Made TV acting debut in "Copacabana" (CBS), based on his hit song

1984

Released jazz vocal album "2:00 AM at the Paradise Cafe"

1981

Made cable debut with Showtime program "The Barry Manilow Special"

1981

His "In the Round" world tour set box-office records in the United Kingdom and elsewhere

1980

Fourth ABC variety program, "One Voice"

1979

Starred in "The Third Barry Manilow Special" (ABC)

1978

Healined "The Second Barry Manilow Special" (ABC)

1978

Recorded "Ready to Take a Chance Again" from the film "Foul Play"

1977

Starred in first network TV variety program "The Barry Manilow Special" (ABC)

1974

Headlined solo tour following release of "Mandy", his first hit single

Wrote the score for the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Drunkard"

Changed name to Barry Manilow at age 13

Toured with Midler as her musical director; opened second half of her show by singing three numbers

Made recording debut as vocalist for the group Featherbed, produced by Tony Orlando

With Lucas, formed an act; opened for Joan Rivers at Downstairs at the Upstairs

After high school, obtained job in the mailroom at CBS; met future collaborator Marty Panzer

Served as co-producer and arranger on Midler's first two albums

As a child made first recording at the Times Square Record-Your-Own-Voice; included it on [title of album-- One Voice?]

Began playing piano for cabaret performers, including Jeanne Lucas

Played piano for Bette Midler at the Continental Baths in NYC

Served as music director for the locally produced TV show "Callback!"

Signed by Bell Records (later Arista) to make solo debut

At age 12, penned song "Ain't Got a Nickel, Ain't Got a Dime"

Toured Japan and Australia in "Around the World in 80 Dates"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1990, Rolling Stone proclaimed him "the showman of our generation".

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

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