Frankie Avalon

Singer, Actor, Musician
A pop crooner and teen idol during the late 1950s, singer Frankie Avalon transformed into a movie star via a string of surf-and-sand musicals in the 1960s like "Beach Party" (1963) and "Muscle Beach Party" (1964) ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

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

Performer

American Idol 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bobby Rydell: Wild About Bobby 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Connie Francis: Sweetheart of Song 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of the Everly Brothers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Bandstand's Teen Idols 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stoned Age 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Actor

Full House 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Freedom Festival '89 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

The Big Kahuna (Actor)

Spring Break Reunion 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drug Knot 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mother-Daughter Pageant 1987 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

America Picks the No. 1 Songs 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fabian's Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1986 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Golden Boys of Bandstand 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Teen Angel (Actor)

Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Saga of Sonora 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Take 1973 (Movie)

Danny James (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Fireball 500 1966 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

Frankie & Potato Bug (Actor)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine 1964 (Movie)

Craig Gamble (Actor)

I'll Take Sweden 1964 (Movie)

Kenny Klinger (Actor)

Sergeant Deadhead 1964 (Movie)

Sgt OK Deadhead/Sgt Donovan (Actor)

Ski Party 1964 (Movie)

Todd Armstrong/Jane (Actor)

Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Muscle Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Castilian 1963 (Movie)

Jerifan (Actor)

Operation Bikini 1962 (Movie)

Seaman Joe Malzone (Actor)

Panic in Year Zero 1961 (Movie)

Rick Baldwin (Actor)

Sail a Crooked Ship 1961 (Movie)

Rodney (Actor)

Saiyu-ki 1961 (Movie)

of Alakazam (Voice)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

Chip Romano (Actor)

Guns of the Timberland 1960 (Movie)

Bert Harvey (Actor)

The Alamo 1960 (Movie)

Smitty (Actor)
Music (13)

10 Cloverfield Lane 2016 (Movie)

("Venus") (Song Performer)

Jersey Boys 2014 (Movie)

("If You Don't Think I'm Leaving") (Song Performer)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

"Swingin' On A Rainbow" (Song Performer)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

("Silent Night") (Song Performer)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song Performer)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

("Venus") (Song Performer)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

("California Sun") (Song Performer)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

("Beach Blanket Bingo") (Song Performer)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

("Why") (Song Performer)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

("Beauty School Dropout") (Song Performer)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

("Why?") (Song Performer)

Hound Dog Man 1958 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Producer (1)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Biography

A pop crooner and teen idol during the late 1950s, singer Frankie Avalon transformed into a movie star via a string of surf-and-sand musicals in the 1960s like "Beach Party" (1963) and "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Slight of stature and build but handsome and charismatic in an eminently safe and approachable way, Avalon wooed teenage girls with light romantic tunes like "Venus" and "Why," both of which shot to the top of the charts. When rock and roll took over the music business in the 1960s, he shifted fulltime to films, where he teamed with Annette Funicello for the silly but watchable beach party films. In ensuing decades, he was a familiar face on television and the occasional film, most notably 1978's "Grease" as the Teen Angel, and always happy to revisit the nostalgia of his career for new audiences. If his body of work was lightweight, it was also well loved, which ensured Avalon's place in pop culture history.

Relationships

Kay Avalon

Wife
sister of Gretchen Wayne married in 1962

EDUCATION

South Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2001

Made guest appearance as the bride's godfather in the Chicago stage production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" (summer)

1995

Played himself in "A Dream is Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story" (CBS)

1995

Appeared as himself in "Casino"

1987

Served as co-executive producer (with Annette Funicello) of "Back to the Beach" (also actor)

1976

Starred in summer series "Easy Does It..." (CBS)

1963

First teamed with Annette Funicello in "Beach Party"

1960

Had dramatic roles in "Guns of the Timberland" and "The Alamo"

1957

Made first appearance on "American Bandstand"

1957

Signed a recording contract with Chancellor Records

1957

Made film acting debut in "Jamboree"

Was a trumpet prodigy at age nine

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