Bobby Darin

Singer, Actor, Songwriter
Brash, self-confident musical performer who in a few brief years from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s rose from teen singing idol to smooth, polished nightclub headliner to Oscar-nominated actor (as a shell-shocked GI ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1936 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (58)

Small Time 2014 (Movie)

("Beyond The Sea") (Song Performer)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

("Once In A Lifetime") (Song Performer)

The Dictator 2012 (Movie)

("Splish Splash") (Song)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

("Two of a Kind") (Song)

Two for the Money 2005 (Movie)

("I'm Sitting on Top of the World") (Song Performer)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("As Long As I'm Singing") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("As Long As I'm Singing") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Simple Song of Freedom") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Change") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("18 Yellow Roses") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Dream Lover") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Splish Splash") (Song)

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

("You'll Never Know") (Song Performer)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

("Beyond The Sea") (Song Performer)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

("The Good Life") (Song Performer)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

("The Other Half Of Me") (Song Performer)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

("Mack the Knife") (Song Performer)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("More/Ti Guardero nel Cuore") (Song Performer)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

("Don't Rain On My Parade" "Call Me Irresponsible" "Where Love Has Gone") (Song Performer)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

song/song performer("As Long As I'm Singing") (Song)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song Performer)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

Air Bud 1997 (Movie)

("Splish Splash") (Song)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

Hide and Seek 1997 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

("More") (Song Performer)

Traveller 1997 (Movie)

("Dream Lover") (Song)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning To See The Light") (Song Performer)

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

("I Didn't know What Time it Was") (Song Performer)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

("Dream Lover") (Song Performer)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

("Dream Lover") (Song)

The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

("Little Pretty One" "Rockin' Robin") (Song Performer)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

Aloha Summer 1988 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea" "Splish Splash" "Dream Lover") (Song Performer)

Aloha Summer 1988 (Movie)

("Splish Splash" "Dream Lover") (Song)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

("Mack the Knife") (Song Performer)

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

("Beyond the Sea") (Song Performer)

Diner 1982 (Movie)

("Dream Lover") (Song Performer)

Diner 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

Roman Zair 1982 (Movie)

("Dream Lover" "Multiplication" "Splish Splash") (Song Performer)

Roman Zair 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

("Splish Splash") (Song Performer)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Gunfight in Abilene 1967 (Movie)

("Amy") (Song)

Gunfight in Abilene 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

That Funny Feeling 1964 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

That Funny Feeling 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Lively Set 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Lively Set 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Come September 1961 (Movie)

songs("Multipication" "Come Spetember") (Song)

If a Man Answers 1961 (Movie)

title song and("Chantal Theme") (Song)

Tall Story 1960 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)
Actor (15)

The Bobby Darin Amusement Company 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Mother's Day... Love, George 1972 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

And Debbie Makes Six 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Gunfight in Abilene 1967 (Movie)

Cal Wayne (Actor)

Rodgers and Hart Today 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

That Funny Feeling 1964 (Movie)

TOm Milford (Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Corporal Jim Tompkins (Actor)

Pressure Point 1962 (Movie)

Patient (Actor)

State Fair 1962 (Movie)

Jerry Dundee (Actor)

Come September 1961 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Hell Is For Heroes 1961 (Movie)

Corby (Actor)

If a Man Answers 1961 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

"Ghost" Wakefield (Actor)

An Evening With Jimmy Durante 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Brash, self-confident musical performer who in a few brief years from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s rose from teen singing idol to smooth, polished nightclub headliner to Oscar-nominated actor (as a shell-shocked GI in 1964's "Captain Newman, M. D."). Sickly from early childhood, with recurring bouts of rheumatic fever which weakened his heart, Darin developed a swaggering, finger-snapping assertive style as a performer. With a keen understanding of the music industry, he wrote popular songs for the teen market while developing a wider, more adult audience by branching out with pop renditions of more sophisticated fare such as Kurt Weill's "Mack the Knife" winning him nightclub popularity, numerous TV appearances (earning up to $40,000 a show) and two film contracts. Darin appeared in fifteen films over a thirteen-year span, mostly light romantic comedies with a few forays into more dramatic fare (John Cassavetes' "Too Late Blues" 1961 and "Pressure Point" 1962) and wrote songs and often the scores for most of the films in which he appeared. His wildly diverse career was cut short by a fatal heart ailment that originally seemed poised to fell him as a young boy, possibly the reason he packed so much into his brief life. Darin's story was eventualy told on film, and stylishly, by one if his most ardent admirers, actor Kevin Spacey, who co-wrote, directed and starred in "Beyond the Sea" in 2004.

Relationships

Jo-Ann Campbell

Companion
became engaged briefly in 1960

Vanina Cassotto

Mother
for years Darin thought she was his sister

Dodd Cassotto

Son
born on December 16, 1961 mother, Sandra Dee

Saverio Cassotto

Grandfather
died in prison from narcotics withdrawal seven months before son was born

Vivian Cassotto

Grandmother
married twice previously remarried after Cassotto's death died of stroke in 1959 for years Darin thought she was his mother

Sandra Dee

Wife
married on December 1, 1960 divorced in March 1967 met while co-starring in "Come September" (1961)

Connie Francis

Companion

Andrea Yaeger

Wife
married on June 26, 1973, separated a few months later divorced together from 1970

EDUCATION

Bronx High School of Science

Bronx , New York 1952
graduated

Hunter College

New York , New York
quit after one semester

Milestones

1973

Final screen role, "Happy Mother's Day...Love George"

1972

Hosted own TV variety show, "Dean Martin Presents The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (summer replacement show)

1972

Signed with Motown Records

1970

Underwent open-heart surgery with the implant of two plastic valves

1968

After Robert Kennedy's assassination, Darin sold his music publishing company and possessions, bought a trailer and moved to Big Sur

1967

Booed from stage of Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in concert of political diatribes against Richard Nixon, freedom songs and anti-Vietnam songs

1966

Returned to Atco

1963

Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Captain Newman, M.D."

1962

Left Atco to record for Capitol

1961

Film acting debut, "Come September" (also wrote title tune and song "Multiplication")

1960

First feature film appearance as himself in "Pepe"

1959

Signed two seven-year contracts with Universal and Paramount

1958

Co-wrote and recorded first hit, "Splish Splash" (sold 100,000 copies in three weeks; rose to Number 1 over a 13-week period)

1958

TV acting debut on "Way of the West" (an installment of the TV anthology series, "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars")

1957

Signed by Atco Records (subsidiary of Atlantic Recording Company) (date approximate)

Held a variety of odd jobs: swept up scrap in metal factory, cleaned guns for the US Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Suffered recurring attacks of rheumatic fever from the age of eight until age 13

Recorded "Early in the Morning" for Brunswick Records under singing group name of 'The Rinky Dinks'; Brunswick forced to withdraw record after "Splish Splash" became hit (and re-recorded song with Buddy Holly)

Dropped by Decca (due to intercession of Connie Francis' father)

Signed by Decca to a one-year recording contract

TV debut, plugging his first recorded songs on CBS' "Stage Show"

Changed name to Bobby Darin (reputedly from the phone book; another version says from the sign of a Chinese restaurant, 'Mandarin' with the first three letters burned out)

Worked summers at Catskill resorts as singing waiter, drummer in local band and later filled in as singer, emcee and did impressions

Wrote radio commercials which he sometimes sang with former Bronx High School of Science classmate, Don Kirschner (later a music publisher and promoter); also wrote songs together

Bonus Trivia

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"Few performers have been as blatantly ambitious, driven, and egotistical as Bobby Darin, who earned the nickname of show business' 'Angry Young Man.' But then few performers have been as talented as this aggressive New Yorker." --From "The Hollywood Songsters" (1991)

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Darin was nominated for Grammys in 1959 and 1962, and for an Oscar in 1963 for "Captain Newman, M.D."

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Posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.

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