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Frank Sinatra (whose nicknames include 'Old Blue Eyes' and 'the Chairman of the Board') was an American singer and actor who began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. During the 1940s he launched a solo career and became a teen idol. In the 1950s, he found new fame as an actor, especially after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity.
Frank founded Reprise Records and recorded a number of very successful albums, touring internationally. He was a founding member of the so-called Rat Pack (which included Dean Martin and Peter Lawford), and fraternized with celebrities and presidents, including President John F. Kennedy. Sinatra turned 50 in 1965, recorded the retrospective September of My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and scored hits with "Strangers in the Night" and "My Way".
Sinatra attempted to weather the changing tastes in popular music, but with sales of his music dwindling, and after appearing in several poorly received films, he retired in 1971. Coming out of retirement in 1973, he recorded several albums; scored a Top 40 hit with "(Theme From) New York, New York" in 1980; and toured both within the United States and internationally until a few years before his death in 1998.
Sinatra also forged a career as a dramatic actor, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity, and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm. He also starred in such musicals as High Society, Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls and On the Town. Frank Sinatra was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. He was also the recipient of 11 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Biographical material taken from Wikipedia.com.
Last Updated: 14-April-2016