Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor.
Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, and became a successful solo artist in the early to mid-1940s, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers." His professional career stalled by the 1950s, but it was reborn in 1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity.
He signed with Capitol Records and released several critically lauded albums (In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice ‘n Easy). Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records where he found success with albums such as Ring-a-Ding Ding!, Sinatra at the Sands, and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. He toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack, and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, including John F. Kennedy. In 1965, at the age of 50, he 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".
As sales of his music dwindled, Sinatra retired for the first time in 1971. Two years later, however, he came out of retirement and in 1973 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, using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, until a short time before his death in 1998.
Sinatra forged a successful career as a film actor, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity, a nomination for Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm, and critical acclaim for his performance in The Manchurian Candidate. He also starred in such musicals as High Society, Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls and On the Town. Sinatra was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Frank Sinatra remains one of the most influential and celebrated singers of modern times.
- Several quests in Fallout: New Vegas are named after his songs.
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Behind the scenes
- Songs of Frank Sinatra are referenced multiple times in Fallout: New Vegas: Come Fly With Me (quest), My Kind of Town (quest) and Ring-a-Ding-Ding! (quest).
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