Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Claim to Fame
Son of Frank
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Music Department
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Full Name at Birth
Francis Wayne Sinatra Jr.
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Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra
Michael Sinatra (Son)
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Cause of Death
Massive Heart Attack
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Francis Wayne Sinatra (January 10, 1944—March 16, 2016), professionally known as Frank Sinatra, Jr., was an American singer, songwriter and conductor.
Frank Jr. is the son of singer and actor Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra. He is the younger brother of singer and actress Nancy Sinatra, and the older brother of television producer Tina Sinatra.
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. His father wanted to name him after Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was President at the time of his birth.
Sinatra was kidnapped, at the age of 19, on December 8, 1963 at Harrah's Lake Tahoe (room 417). Sinatra was released two days later after his father paid the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Barry Keenan, Johnny Irwin, and Joe Amsler were soon captured, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms for kidnapping, of which they served only small portions (mastermind Keenan was later adjudged to have been legally insane at the time of the crime and hence not legally responsible for his actions). 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 – a rumor believed to have inspired the plot for the Hawaii Five-O episode "Tiger by the Tail" – but this was proven to be false. The kidnappers demanded that all communication be conducted by payphone. During these conversations, Frank Sr. became concerned he would not have enough change. This prompted Frank Sr. to carry a roll of dimes (10 cent coins) with him at all times for the rest of his life; he was even buried with 10 dimes in his pocket.
At the time of the kidnapping, Frank Sr. and the Rat Pack were filming Robin and the 7 Hoods. The stress of the kidnapping, in addition to the assassination of Sinatra's close friend John F. Kennedy just a few days previous, caused him to seriously consider shutting down production completely, though the film was ultimately completed.
This American Life interviewed kidnapper Barry Keenan on Episode 205 "Plan B".
Sinatra, Jr. married Cynthia McMurry on October 18, 1998, and divorced on January 7, 2000. He has had one son from a previous relationship, Michael Sinatra (born March 1, 1987) who has lived in Japan as a teacher, and currently lives in the Los Angeles Area. Sinatra has denied speculation about the existence of another son named Frank Sinatra III. Sinatra passed away on March 16, 2016 while on tour in Florida after a cardiac arrest.
Place of Death
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Deceased||Frank Sinatra Jr. passed away on 16th Mar 2016 aged 72.|||
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