Tony Bennett

Singer, Musician, Actor
A towering figure in the history of popular singers, Tony Bennett's muscular, burnished voice underscored the romance, the longing and the joy in the Great American songbook, as well as his own hits, which included ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1926 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (147)

New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Zen of Bennett 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tony Bennett: Duets II 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

2011 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

America's Got Talent 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

American Idol 2007, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Play at Shea 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Actor

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Truth in Terms of Beauty 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1989 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1989 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV Unplugged 1989 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1989 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Casino 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Musicians 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

A Walk Through Central Park 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Lesley Garrett: Notes From the Heart 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1990, 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Judy Garland 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Christmas Dream 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Amy Grant... A Christmas to Remember 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Pixelon's i-Bash! 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

(Special Appearance) (Actor)

Halloween Jam VII 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Natalie Cole 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Frame After Frame: The Images of Herman Leonard 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Independence Day Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping America's Promise 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Inside 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phil Collins -- The Big Band 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 World Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis: The Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Men, Movies & Carol 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXIX 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 World Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Spring Break '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Remembers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Scout 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nitecap 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl Saturday Night 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1991) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tony Bennett 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (07/11/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Judy Garland: The Concert Years 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra -- The First 40 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra and Friends 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Hymie Kelly (Actor)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

On Parade 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arthur Murray Party For Bob Hope 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Bee Gees: In Our Own Time (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center (TV Show)

Performer

King (TV Show)

Actor

Les Paul: Chasing Sound (TV Show)

Actor

Star Search (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer

Tony Bennett in London (TV Show)

Actor

Tony Bennett in Waikiki (TV Show)

Actor
Music (39)

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 (Movie)

("The Best is Yet to Come") (Song Performer)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

("Winter Wonderland") (Song Performer)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

("Rags To Riches") (Song Performer)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

("If I Ruled the World") (Song Performer)

The Whole Ten Yards 2004 (Movie)

("Are You Having Any Fun") (Song Performer)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow") (Song Performer)

Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

("The Best Is Yet To Come") (Song Performer)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

("Stranger in Paradise") (Song Performer)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

("I Wanna Be Around") (Song Performer)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

("The Way You Look Tonight") (Song Performer)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

("I Will Live My Life for You") (Song Performer)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

("What a Difference a Day Made") (Song Performer)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

("With Plenty Of Money And You") (Song Performer)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

("Now It Can be Told" "Always" "Young at Heart") (Song Performer)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

("I've Got the World on A String") (Song Performer)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("When Joanna Loved Me") (Song Performer)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

("Love Scene") (Song Performer)

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

("The Second Time Around") (Song Performer)

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

("The Shadow of Your Smile") (Song Performer)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

("The Good Life" "Just in Time" "Put on a Happy Face") (Song Performer)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

("Maybe September") (Song Performer)

Arachnophobia 1990 (Movie)

("I Left My Heart in San Francisco") (Song Performer)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Rags to Riches" "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams") (Song Performer)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

("Stranger in Paradise") (Song Performer)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

("I Wanna Be Around") (Song Performer)

Loverboy 1989 (Movie)

("I Wanna Be Around") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song Performer)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

("Life in a Looking Glass") (Song Performer)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

("I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan") (Song Performer)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

("Blue Velvet") (Song Performer)

The Marriage-Go-Round 1960 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

Come Next Spring 1956 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (TV Show)

Song Performer
Writer (16)

Live by Request: John Mellencamp 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Creator

Live by Request: Blondie 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Creator

Live by Request: Daryl Hall and John Oates 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Creator

Loretta Lynn Live By Request 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Creator

Neil Diamond Live By Request 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Creator

k.d. lang Live By Request 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Creator

Don Henley Live -- Inside Job: Live by Request 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Creator

Reba McEntire Live By Request 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Creator

The Eurythmics Live By Request 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Creator

Trisha Yearwood Live By Request 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Creator

Willie Nelson Live By Request 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Creator

Earth, Wind & Fire: Live By Request 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Gloria Estefan Live By Request 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Kenny Rogers Live By Request 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Vince Gill Live By Request 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Biography

A towering figure in the history of popular singers, Tony Bennett's muscular, burnished voice underscored the romance, the longing and the joy in the Great American songbook, as well as his own hits, which included "Because of You" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco. " A pop crooner in his early years, Bennett's devotion to jazz and standards spurred him to move away from the mainstream and dig deeply into the works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and musical theater while collaborating with some of the great figures on the jazz scene, like the Count Basie Orchestra. His focus was not always in step with music buyers' tastes, and for years, he languished in obscurity, all the while honing his craft and his prodigious talent. With the help of his son Danny, he mounted a stunning comeback in the mid-1980s which saw him reaching younger audiences with the same music he had been performing since the 1950s. By staying out of the spotlight, he had become fresh and "alternative" all over again. Numerous Grammys and countless honors came his way, but the greatest gift Bennett received was the appreciation of his powerful and supple voice, which brought him the deserved status of living legend.

Relationships

Patricia Beech

Wife
Married Feb. 12, 1952 after meeting the previous year during a nightclub performance in Cleveland, OH

Ann Benedetto

Mother

John Benedetto

Father
Died when Tony was 10 years old

Danny Bennett

Son
Born c. 1954 mother, Patricia Beech credited with revitalizing his father's career in the 90s

Dae Bennett

Son
Born c. 1955 mother, Patricia Beech opened Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ

Joanna Bennett

Daughter
Born c. 1969 mother, Sandra Grant

Antonia Bennett

Daughter
Born c. 1974 mother, Sandra Grant

Susan Crow

Wife
Began long-term relationship in late 1980s Married June 21, 2007 in a private civil ceremony in New York

Sandra Grant

Wife
Became involved during filming of "The Oscar" (1966)

EDUCATION

High School of Art and Design

New York , New York
Formerly known as the School of Industrial Art

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York

Milestones

2011

Released Duets II, a follow-up album to "Duets: An American Classic that featured collaborations with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, and Aretha Franklin

2010

Joined various artists for "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti," a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake

2008

Performed with Billy Joel at the final concerts given at Shea Stadium

2008

Released the album A Swingin' Christmas with The Count Basie Big Band

2006

Headlined the Rob Marshall-directed television special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" on NBC

2006

Released the album Duets: An American Classic, featuring collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Celine Dion

2003

Made a cameo as himself in the comedy feature "Bruce Almighty"

2002

Headlined the PBS special concert "Tony Bennett's Wonderful World: Live From San Francisco"

1999

Had cameo appearance as himself in "Analyze This"

1998

Published The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett

1996

Starred in the first of A&E Network's popular "Live By Request" series

1994

Made an appearance on "MTV Unplugged"

1993

Played a series of benefit concerts organized by alternative rock radio stations around the country

1990

Released the studio album Astoria: Portrait of the Artist

1986

Re-signed with Columbia Records and returned to recording music with the album The Art of Excellence

1977

Closed his record company, Improv

1969

Ended his 20 year relationship with Columbia Records and formed his own label, Improv

1966

Made his film debut in the poorly received "The Oscar"

1962

Performed on the debut episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC)

1962

Released his most famous song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which earned him his first Grammy Award

1962

Staged a highly-promoted concert performance at Carnegie Hall with musicians Al Cohn, Kenny Burrell, and Candido

1956

Hosted the NBC Saturday night television variety program called "The Tony Bennett Show" as a summer replacement for "The Perry Como Show"

1955

Released first long-playing album, Cloud 7

1953

Recorded "Stranger in Paradise" for the Broadway musical "Kismet"

1951

Charted at No. 1 with the song "Because of You"

1950

Signed with Columbia Records and started working with record producer Mitch Miller

1949

Began touring with Bob Hope after being introduced by Pearl Bailey

Discovered by Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village

Began collaborating with his son Danny Bennett, who took over as his manager

Studied singing and acting at the American Theatre Wing

Collaborated with jazz pianist Bill Evans for the albums The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album (1975) and Together Again (1976)

Changed name to Tony Bennett as suggested by Bob Hope

Began making appearances on shows with a younger audience such as "Late Night with David Letterman" (CBS) and "The Simpsons" (Fox)

Served in the Army infantry during World War II

Took a ten year hiatus from recording

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to his storied musical career, Bennett was also an acclaimed painter. His work, which hung in museums and galleries around the world, was signed under his real name, Benedetto.

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When he moved to California in the late 1970s, Bennett began using cocaine and marijuana.

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Bennett suffered a near-fatal cocaine overdose in 1979.

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He also published three books of memoirs, including his autobiography The Good Life (1998).

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Bennett founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.

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Bennett was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.

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He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2002.

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On Dec. 4, 2005, Bennett was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.

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He founded Exploring the Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to creating, promoting, and supporting arts education.

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Bennett was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2006, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians.

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In 2007, Bennett received the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' Humanitarian Award.

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Bennett recorded the duet "Body and Soul" with troubled British singer Amy Winehouse just before her death on July 23, 2011. "I was going to sit her down," Bennett told Entertainment Weekly in Sept. 2011 about how he wanted to intervene with Winehouse's substance abuse problems. "I was going to tell her, 'It's going to kill you if you don't stop.'"

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