Basic Information About Bobby Darin
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Professions||Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter|
|Date of birth||1936-05-14|
|Place of birth||The Bronx|
|Date of death||1973-12-20 (aged 37)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Spouse||26 June - Andrea Joy Yeager ( 1973 - 24 October 1973) (divorced)|
Sandra Dee - (1 December 1960 - 7 March 1967) (divorced) (1 child)
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Bobby Darin win?
Bobby Darin's Movie/Shows Salary
|Movie / Series||Salary|
|State Fair (1962)||$90,000|
Bobby Darin's Quotes
- Conceit is thinking you're great; egotism is knowing it.
- I want to be a legend by the time I'm 25.
- Now my attitude is very simple; I must do what artistically pleases me.
- I went out and had these special shoes made. It's nothing new, I don't know if you know, John Wayne is 6' 4" and wears 3-4 inch lifts in his shoes. I don't know who he wants to be bigger than, but he does and it an old, old custom, I certainly did not invent it. In my case, it was more necessary than it was for Duke Wayne. I had these shoes made and two to three inch lifts inside and the heel was another two and half inches or so and I walked around that way, wherever I could without falling over.
The Legacy of Bobby Darin: A Detailed Look into His Life and Achievements
Born in The Bronx, New York in May 1936, Bobby Darin was an American singer, songwriter, and actor who had an incredible career that spanned over more than a decade. He passed away in December 1973, leaving behind an outstanding legacy that includes numerous awards, chart-topping hits and critically acclaimed performances that have been recognized by many. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Darin was also an active member of American politics, using his fame to support political campaigns.
Net Worth Details
According to sources, at the time of his death, Bobby Darin had an estimated net worth of $5 million.
What is Bobby Darin known for?
Bobby Darin was a multi-talented individual who was known for his unique blend of Rock & Roll, Jazz, Folk Music and Swing. With his incredible vocal range, Darin rapidly gained popularity in the late 195s and early 196s, becoming one of the biggest musical superstars of his time. Besides being a musician, Darin spread his wings pursuing acting, starring in various films throughout his career spanning over a decade.
Early life and education
Bobby Darin was born as Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14th, 1936 in The Bronx borough of New York City. His mother, Nina Cassotto was reportedly underage when she gave birth to Bobby and since her father did not approve of the relationship with her lover, they presented the child to his grandparents as their own.
As a child, Darin suffered from frequent bouts of rheumatic fever which led to his weak state of health. Always aware of his physical limitations, Darin threw himself entirely into music. Being moved most by blues, jazz and early rock and roll music, Darin started performing in local bars in New York City in his late teenage years and was contracted by Decca Records in 1957.
With his signing to Atlantic Records in 1958, Darin released a string of hits that charged their power from the influence of genres such as R&B, Big Band, Pop, Rock n’ Roll. Under the guidance of legendary record producers like Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Darin started to gain recognition rapidly. Over the years of his work, Darin established himself as one of the most versatile acts in music. From his early works with upbeat tracks such as ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Splish Splash’, ‘Dream Lover’, and ‘Beyond the Sea’, Darin moved to more introspective music later on in his career like ‘Simple Song of Freedom’, displaying his skills as a singer/songwriter as well.
When it comes to Bobby Darin’s acting career, he took part in various film projects, pursuing an avenue beyond just making records. Although his films were not major hits or box office wonders they did provide a welcome distraction for his fans between records. He was noted for his roles in movies like Come September (1961), Pressure Point (1962), If a Man Answers (1962), and Dirty Dingus Magee (197). However, Darin also starred in TV productions like the “Only Game in Town,” an episode of “The Donna Reed Show,” and several more variety show appearances that left quite an impression on audiences.
Bobby Darin continued working unceasingly up to his final days, knowing that he had a limited amount of time left due to his failing health. He was forced to resort to various treatments and surgeries, but his struggle came to an end on December 20th, 1973, joining the ranks of many other great musicians of his time — like Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin — that passed away at a young age.
Bobby Darin won numerous career awards over his career. In addition to the Golden Globe Award that he won in 1962 for Most Promising Newcomer, Darin garnered a total of three more Golden Globe and an Academy Award nominations as well. Besides honors in acting Darin was not scored on matters of fame. His extraordinary list of hit records earned him 14 Top 40 singles and he has also been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards posthumously in 199.
As a strong supporter of the Democratic Party and their politicians such as Hubert H. Humphrey and George McGovern, Darin lended his voice to their campaigns by playing fund-raisers shows. He made his ambitions clear as well, once stating publicly that he wanted to seek political office after his performing career had come to an end.
It goes without saying that Bobby Darin was one of those rare occurrences where a person’s talents inspire achievement across different realms. Throughout his music and movies, Darin’s influence touched generations of people. Though he departed at an early age, he lived life to his fullest in the time he had. His works continue their impact even to this day on popular culture, inspiring music lovers and other creative operators for years on end.
Interesting Facts about Bobby Darin
- Had one son with Sandra Dee: Dodd Mitchell Cassotto (aka Dodd Darin).
- Rather than internment, his body was donated to the UCLA Medical Center.
- Did not find out until the age of 32 that the woman he thought to be his sister was in fact his mother and and the woman he thought was his deceased mother was in fact his grandmother. This was listed in VH1's The Greatest: 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll History (2001).
- When he was still a struggling songwriter at the now famous Brill Building, he met then up-and-coming singer Connie Francis. After a rocky beginning, the two develop an amicable relationship and were soon madly in love. He had wanted to marry Connie but her overprotective father would not let her date, let alone marry, anyone. When Darin suggested the two elope, he was chased from one of her shows by her gun-toting father. Darin and Connie only saw one another twice after that incident, once during a television appearance in which they sang together and once during the filming of This Is Your Life (1950) of which Connie was the subject, in which the announcer had congratulated Bobby on his recent marriage to actress Sandra Dee. Connie has stated several times that not marrying Bobby was one of the biggest mistakes she ever made in her life.
- His maternal grandfather was of Italian ancestry, and his maternal grandmother had Danish and English ancestry.
- He lost his hair in his early 20s and wore a toupee thereafter.
- Attended and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science (1953).
- Recorded with legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland.
- His #1 hit song, "Mack the Knife", had a strange connection with the number "59": it was the 59th #1 single of the rock era, it entered the Billboard charts at #59, and was the second biggest-selling record of 1959.
- He signed Wayne Newton to his record producing company (TM Music) and had him record "Danke Schoen", which was originally supposed to be recorded by Darin himself.
- He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1735 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on May 26, 1982.
- He was posthumously awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14, 2007 (what would have been his 71st birthday).
- In 1964, he was "The Heart Ambassador" for The Heart Fund charity.
- Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990) and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (1999).
- Seriously campaigned for the role of "Tony" in West Side Story (1961). Ironically, he would wind up winning his only Golden Globe Award in 1962 for "Most Promising Newcomer" in a virtual tie with with Richard Beymer, who got the role as "Tony", and Warren Beatty, who had also seriously campaigned for the same role.
- Early in his career, while performing "Rock Island Line" on The Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show (1954), he had the lyrics written on the palms of his hands, as he had to learn the song on short notice.
- He made his television debut on March 10, 1956, on The Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show (1954), performing "Rock Island Line". He had the lyrics written on the palms of his hands, as he had to learn the song on short notice.
- On April 24, 1958, just weeks prior to release of his breakthrough hit "Splish Splash" for Atco Records, he recorded "Early in the Morning" and "Now We're One", for Decca Records. At that time, he had a few days left on his contract with Atco and was expecting to be released, but as it turned out, he was retained. Following the release of "Splish Splash" on Atco, Decca--through its subsidiary Brunswick Records, released "Early in the Morning"/"Now We're One" as a single, under the name of "The Rinky Dinks", Darin's back-up girl group for his Decca sessions. After it was revealed that Darin's voice was on the Brunswick recordings and as he was under contract to Atco, his Brunswick recordings were withdrawn from the market and secured by Atco. Atco then, released "Early in the Morning"/ "Now We're One", by "Bobby Darin and The Rinky Dinks". In a subsequent move, Decca Records had Buddy Holly cover the both songs on a single for its subsidiary Coral Records, where Holly was already established with such hits as "Peggy Sue" and "Rave On". Decca was hoping to recover the loss from the earlier withdrawn single. Darin's version of "Early in the Morning" entered Billboard's Pop 100 first and peaked at #24; Holly's version reached #32.
- Half-brother of Gary Walden.
- In the 2016 Australian version of "Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical" stage show, Darin was portrayed by David Campbell; and on a rotating basis Kyle Banfield, Nocholas Cradock and Brendan Godwin portraying both the young Bobby Darin and Dodd Mitchell Cassotto.