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Frankie Avalon Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Sep 18, 1939
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001
  • Birth Name: Francis Thomas Avallone

One of the more talented members of the "Philadelphia school" of rock-n-rollers, Frankie Avalon was the reigning teen singing idol from 1958 through 1960. Devotees of American Bandstand will hold affectionate memories of such Avalon top-tenners as "Gingerbread" and "Venus." Avalon made a gradual transition from singer to actor beginning in 1957. He successfully essayed supporting roles in such films as [[Feature~V94092~Guns of the Timberland~gunsofthetimberlands]] (1960) and [[Feature~V1351~The Alamo~thealamo]] (1960) before starring in a string of inexpensive but moneymaking "Beach Party" flicks for American-International. As his film stardom eclipsed in the early 1970s, Avalon returned to singing, briefly starring in the 1976 nostalgia-oriented TV variety series [[Feature~V89673~Easy Does It~doesitpay]]. In 1987, Frankie Avalon was reteamed with his "Beach Party" leading lady Annette Funicello in the retro film musical [[Feature~V3669~Back to the Beach~backtothebeach]] (1987), which he also co-produced. Over the next few years he could be seen in cameo performances portraying himself in a diverse string of projects including Troop Beverly Hills, the kid-friendly ABC sitcom Full House, and Martin Scorsese's violent Vegas gangster film Casino. In 1995 he reteamed with many of his old co-horts, including Annette and Dick Clark, for the feel-good made-for-TV showbiz film A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi