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Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra, Jr.

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Jersey City, NJ, USA
Death: March 16, 2016 (72)
Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, United States (Cardiac Arrest)
Immediate Family:

Son of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra Barbato
Ex-husband of <private> Sinatra (McMurry)
Father of <private> Sinatra
Brother of Nancy Sandra Lambert and Christina "Tina" Sinatra

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About Frank Sinatra, Jr.,_Jr.

Franklin Wayne Sinatra (born January 10, 1944), professionally known as Frank Sinatra, Jr., was an American singer, songwriter and conductor.

Frank Jr. was the son of legendary musician and actor Frank Sinatra (born "Francis") and Nancy Barbato Sinatra, his first wife. He was the younger brother of singer and actress Nancy Sinatra, and the older brother of television producer Tina Sinatra.

In 1963, at the age of 19, Sinatra was kidnapped and released two days later after payment of a ransom.

Early life

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey into the household of one of the most popular singers in the world, Frank Jr. hardly saw his father, who was constantly on the road either performing or working in films. However, Frank Jr. recalls wanting to become a piano player and songwriter from his earliest days.


Sinatra was kidnapped, at the age of 19, on December 8, 1963 at Harrah's Lake Tahoe (room 417). The country's mood was tense, as this occurred just a couple weeks following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Sinatra was released two days later after his father paid the $240,000 (about $1,775,000 in 2011 dollars) ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Barry Keenan, Johnny Irwin, and Joe Amsler were soon captured, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to short prison terms for kidnapping. Famed attorney Gladys Root represented one of the three men. A rumor at the time was that Frank Sr. arranged this in an attempt to gain publicity for his son's fledgling singing career, but was proven to be false. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via payphone as they demanded, his father carried a roll of dimes throughout this ordeal, which became a life-long habit of his.

This American Life interviewed kidnapper Barry Keenan on Episode 205: "Plan B".


By his early teens he was performing at local clubs and venues. At age 19 he became the vocalist for Sam Donahue's band. He also spent considerable time with Duke Ellington, learning the music business.

Frank Jr. spent most of his early career on the road. By 1968 he had performed in 47 states and 30 countries, had guested on several television shows, had hosted a summer replacement show for The Dean Martin Show, had sung with his own band in Las Vegas casinos and had been the opening act for bigger names at other casinos. During that time he gained a reputation for rigorous rehearsals and high musical standards for his musicians.

Sinatra appeared in the Sammy Davis, Jr. television drama A Man Called Adam in 1966. The National Archives now houses a fifteen-minute song and monologue composed by Sinatra in 1976, Over the Land. It evokes the memory of the nation's flag and the nation's experiences with the flag since the War of 1812.

Starting in 1988, at his father's request, Frank Jr. placed his career on hold in order to act as his father's musical director and conductor. Poet/vocalist Rod McKuen said this:

As the senior Sinatra outlived one by one all of his conductors and nearly every arranger, and began to grow frail himself, his son knew he needed someone that he trusted near him. [Frank Jr.] was also savvy enough to know that performing was everything to his dad and the longer he kept that connection with his audience, the longer he would stay vital and alive.

In 1989, Sinatra did a cameo vocal on the acclaimed Was (Not Was) album, What Up, Dog?, singing "Wedding Vows in Vegas" with the band. He also appeared with Was (Not Was) doing that song on Late Night With David Letterman on NBC the same year.

During the 1995–1996 television season, Sinatra was offered the role of Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Despite being a fan of the show and finding the role interesting, he turned it down, declaring that he only wanted to play an alien. James Darren accepted the part after demurring at first because he found descriptions of the part too "on the nose", changing his mind when he read the script.

Sinatra guest-starred on an episode of Son of the Beach in the episode "You Only Come Once" playing the villain Stinkfinger, and he sang his own theme song for the character. He had a guest spot playing himself on The Sopranos, in a role where it was unclear if he was mocking or acknowledging all the stories about his father's involvement with the mob, and where he lets the character Paulie Walnuts refer to him as the "Chairboy of the Board" while another player erroneously calls him "Francis" instead of "Franklin" (Sinatra, Jr. had been named after FDR).

Sinatra appeared in a 2006 episode of Family Guy, "Brian Sings and Swings" (Season 4, Episode 19) where he was introduced as the "Member of The Board". He performs several tunes during the show, accompanied by Stewie and Brian. During the ending credits, he sings the Family Guy theme song. He also recorded a commentary for its DVD release. He returned in a 2008 episode, "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing", where he sang with Brian again, with Stewie returning as a sideline investor supporting the duo.

In 2006, Sinatra released an album entitled That Face! including the songs "You'll Never Know" and the self-penned song "Spice".

Sinatra made a brief cameo appearance in the series premiere episode of the 2010 CBS legal comedy-drama The Defenders, as well as the show's series finale.

Critical reception

Frank Jr. has said that his famous name has opened some doors, but "a famous father means that in order to prove yourself you have to work three times harder than the guy off the street."

Music critic Richard Ginell wrote of a 2003 concert by Sinatra:

Sinatra, Jr. might have had an easier time establishing himself had he gone into real estate. But his show made me awfully glad he decided music was his calling. There aren't too many singers around with Sinatra's depth of experience in big band music, or his knowledge of the classic American songbook. There are even fewer with such real feeling for the lyrics of a song, and such a knack for investing a song with style and personality.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr.'s Timeline

January 10, 1944
Jersey City, NJ, USA
March 16, 2016
Age 72
Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, United States