BOBBY DARIN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Bobby Darin was born on May 14th, 1936 in The Bronx, New York with the birth name Walden Robert Cassotto. Due to a health condition at birth, his parents were extra protective of him. He had a love and appreciation for music from a very young age. His parents did everything they could to help support his goals as being a musician. He would write songs and take his demos to different music producers.
In 1958, he had the opportunity to perform the song, "Splish, Splash" on Dick Clark's, "New American Bandstand" which turned out to be a huge hit and over one million copies were sold. Bobby followed this success by winning two Grammies, one for Mack the Knife, and was now ready to try and put his focus on working as an actor in the film industry.
His film debut was in, "Come September" (1961) and his success followed with more film roles and also working at a number of nightclubs performing his music. When he was cast in the film, "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963) he was nominated for Best Supporting actor, but sadly did not win the honor.
His career was at an all time high starring in more films such as, "Hell is for Heroes" (1962), but then his health began to fail him and he had to be admitted for heart surgery. He was able to make a recovery and continued to pursue his career with more night club work as well as working on the show, "The Bobby Darin Show" (1973). Bobby also started his own recording company in 1969 called Direction Records.
As his life progressed he continued to deal with his health issues pertaining to his heart and would work whenever he felt physically ok to do so. In January, 1971 he suffered a minor heart attack and had to undergo open heart surgery. However he continued to battle this heart condition that had developed from childhood and on December 20th, 1973, Darin passed away in Los Angeles, California at Cedar-Sinai Hospital following open heart surgery. He donated his body to the UCLA Medical Facility for them to conduct research.
He married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Sandra Dee who was also a performer and they were married from 1961 through 1967 having one child together, a son, Dodd Mitchell. Their marriage did not survive due mostly to their careers taking them in so many different directions. He then married for a second time to Andrea Joy Yeager from June 26th, 1973 but that marriage only lasted until October 24th, 1973.
In 1990, Darrin was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1999 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Darrin also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording.
1973 The Bobby Darin Show
1972 Rod Serling's Night Gallery
1971 Cade's County
1969 The Happy Ending
1968 The Danny Thomas Hour
1967 Gunfight in Abilene
1966 Run for Your Life
1965 The Red Skelton Hour
1965 That Funny Feeling
1965 Burke's Law
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1964 Wagon Train
1963 Captain Newman, M.D.
1962 If a Man Answers
1962 Hell Is for Heroes
1962 State Fair
1961 Too Late Blues
1961 Come September