Sonny Bono

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
He may not have elicited the same reception as his flamboyant and bedazzled partner, but that was just how Sonny Bono had planned it. Best known as the straight man to his wife, singer-actress Cher, on "The Sonny and ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1935 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

LSD A Go Go 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sonny Bono: Pop Songs & Politics 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

First Kid 1996 (Movie)

Congressman Sonny Bono (Actor)

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

We the People 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A 70's Celebration: The Beat Is Back 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1987 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parker Lewis 1987 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Dave 1987 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blossom 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Hollywood Talent Search 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Franklin Von Tussle (Actor)

Under the Boardwalk 1988 (Movie)

2n Ancient (Actor)

Dirty Laundry 1987 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Troll 1986 (Movie)

Peter Dickinson (Actor)

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Salucci (Actor)

Balboa 1981 (Movie)

Terry Carlo (Actor)

The Vals 1981 (Movie)

Spaced-out Guest (Actor)

Escape to Athena 1979 (Movie)

Rotelli (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny and Cher Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny Comedy Revue 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Handle a Woman 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Nine Months Are the Hardest 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Music City (TV Show)

Actor

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

Thanksgiving Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Top of the Hill (TV Show)

Actor
Music (23)

Independence Day Resurgence 2016 (Movie)

("Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)") (Song)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("The Beat Goes On") (Song)

Veronica Mars 2014 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("Bang Bang") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

("Bang Bang - My Baby Shot Me Down") (Song)

RV 2006 (Movie)

("Needles and Pins") (Song)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("A Cowboy's Work is Never Done") (Song)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

("The Beat Goes On") (Song)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

("Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)") (Song)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

("Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)") (Song Performer)

Just Visiting 2001 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song Performer)

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song)

Buster 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Buster 1988 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song Performer)

Chastity 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Good Times 1967 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (2)

And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Chastity 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Chastity 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

He may not have elicited the same reception as his flamboyant and bedazzled partner, but that was just how Sonny Bono had planned it. Best known as the straight man to his wife, singer-actress Cher, on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1971-74), Bono was a singer, songwriter and television star with a career that spanned decades in Hollywood, including learning music production under the tutelage of the infamous Phil Spector during his infamous "wall of sound" heyday. Later, after his marriage to Cher dissolved in the mid-1970s, he refocused his considerable energies less on entertainment and more on politics. Many were surprised that the same buffoon from "Sonny and Cher" made like Mr. Smith and went to Washington, where he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing California. The showbiz icon's life was cut short during a tragic skiing accident in 1998, yet he was forever remembered for his generosity of spirit, making a star out of a seemingly impossible case, and for giving the world the magical musical gem that was "I Got You Babe."

Relationships

Cher Actor

Wife
Met on a double date 1962 Married Oct. 27, 1964 Released first album Look At Us in 1965 Co-starred on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS) from 1971-74 Divorced June 26, 1975

Chaz Bono Actor

Son
Born March 4, 1969; mother, Cher; appeared with her parents on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS)

Santo Bono

Father
Italian immigrant

Mary Bono Actor

Wife
Married February 1986 until Bono's death Jan. 5, 1998; she was elected to late husband's congressional seat after his death

Jean Bono

Mother
Italian immigrant

Chastity Bono

Daughter
mother Cher born on March 4, 1969 survived him

Chianna Bono

Daughter
born in 1991 mother, Mary Whitaker survived him

Christine Bono

Daughter
mother, Donna Rankin survived him

Chesare Bono

Son
born on April 25, 1988 mother, Mary Whitaker survived him

Susie Coelho Actor

Wife

Mimi Machu

Companion
mother of Bono's son Sean

Sean Machu

Son
born c. 1964 mother, Mimi Machu

Donna Rankin Production Manager

Wife
Married 1954 while Bono was in his teens

EDUCATION

dropped out of an Ingelwood, California, high school in 1952

Milestones

1996

Re-elected to Congress

1994

Elected to Congress as representative from California (November); assumed office in January 1995

1992

Unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate from California

1990

Founded the Palm Springs Film Festival

1988

Elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA (April 12)

1988

Reunited with Cher for one performance and sang "I Got You Babe" on "Late Night with David Letterman" (February)

1985

Opened Bono's Restaurant in Palm Springs

1982

Opened Bono's Restaurant in West Hollywood

1974

Hosted own TV series, "The Sonny Comedy Review"

1970

Acted in first TV-movie, "The First Nine Months Are the Hardest"

1970

Hosted (with Cher) TV series, "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour"

1968

Formed nightclub act with Cher; discovered by CBS TV executive Fred Silverman

1967

Starred as himself with Cher in feature, "Good Times"

1965

Feature acting debut, "Wild on the Beach"

1965

Changed to "Sonny and Cher" for recording purposes

1964

First radio hit, "Koko Joe" performed by The Righteous Brothers

1964

Worked as an A&R man for Phillies Records, writing, singing, and playing with such artists as Darlene Love and the Ronettes; met the teenaged Cher for whom he got work as backup vocalist for the Ronettes and the Crystals

1964

Formed duo with new wife, Cher, "Caesar and Cleo"

1957

Landed songwriting/producing job with Sam Cooke, Little Richard and Larry Williams

Worked in promotion for an independent record distributor by 1962

Moved to Los Angeles with family at age 7

Worked as deliveryman for a meat company while peddling his songs to record companies

Hosted (with Cher) new TV series, "The Sonny and Cher Show"

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