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Bobby Darin

Mostly Credited As: Bobby Darin
Sometimes Credited As: Robert Darin
Bob Darin

Birth Name: Walden Robert Cassotto
Date Of Birth: May 14, 1936 (Age 37)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York
Date Of Death: December 20, 1973
Cause Of Death: Heart failure/surgical comp. (Los Angeles, CA)
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Bobby Darin


As a child Walden Robert Cassotto contracted rheumatic fever which severely damaged his heart and he was not expected to live past his teens. His doting family encouraged Bobby's love of music and he began writing songs at an early age. He graduated from the prestigious The Bronx High School of Science and attended Hunter College briefly before deciding to pursue his music full time. He worked writing and, later, recording demo records designed to promote songs to other singers. In 1958 at age 22, Bobby Darin appeared on the major teen music program of the time Dick Clark's Bandstand singing Splish, Splash. The huge hit led to an even bigger success.

In 1959, Bobby Darin's recording of the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht composition Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera went to #1 on Billboard's Pop Singles and #6 on the Black Singles chart. Darin also won two Grammies in 1959: one for Best New Artist and another for Best Record for Mack the Knife. Mack the Knife was #1 for nine weeks, remained in the Top Ten for 52 weeks and was Bobby's fourth gold record. It remains the definitive version of the song.

Darin made his film debut in 1957 with an uncredited role in the Jerry Lewis vehicle The Sad Sack. In 1960 he appeared in Come September and wrote the title song for the film. He was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) in 1964 as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain Newman, M.D.. He made thirteen films and numerous television appearances in his career.

In 1971, he had heart surgery and went on to host a popular self-named variety show, The Bobby Darin Show. During this period, his health problems increased and he struggled to perform, but he never let his audience know. In 1973, he entered Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for second open-heart surgery. He died shortly after the surgery was completed. He was only 36 and had packed as much life as he could in that short period of time.

Darin was married twice. He had one son, Dodd Mitchell Cassotto (aka Dodd Darin), with his first wife, actress Sandra Dee.

In 1990, Bobby was deservedly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Movie Credits

Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973) - Eddie
The Happy Ending (1969) (as Robert Darin) - Franco
Stranger in the House (1967) - Barney Teale
Gunfight in Abilene (1967) - Cal Wayne
Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) - Cpl. Jim Tompkins
Pressure Point (1962) - Patient
If a Man Answers (1962) - Eugene Wright
Hell Is for Heroes (1962) - Pvt. Corby
State Fair (1962) - Jerry Dundee
Too Late Blues (1961) - John 'Ghost' Wakefield
Come September (1961) - Tony
Pepe (1960) - Himself
Heller in Pink Tights (1960) (uncredited) - Servant


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TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Bobby Darin Show (1973)As: Himself (Host)
The Music Shop (1959)As: Himself
The Big Beat (1957)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

The Bobby Darin Show (1973) 
  Bobby Darin in Concert: Bobby Darin / Peggy Lee 01x15: (Apr/27/1973) As Himself (Host), [Starring Roles]
  Andy Griffith / Connie Stevens / Eric Weissberg / Steve Mandel 01x11: (Mar/30/1973) As Himself (Host), [Starring Roles]
  David Steinberg / Helen Reddy 01x02: (Jan/26/1973) As Himself (Host), [Starring Roles]
  Burl Ives / Dyan Cannon / Flip Wilson / Mimi Hines 01x01: (Jan/19/1973) As Himself (Host), [Starring Roles]

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: Paul Anka 01x08: (Mar/16/1973) As Himself 

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 28 03x09: (Nov/10/1972) As Himself 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  Dead Weight 02x56: (Feb/09/1972) As Landau, [Special Guest Stars]

The Flip Wilson Show (1970) 
  Tim Conway, Bobby Darrin, Redd Foxx 02x17: (Jan/13/1972) As Himself 
  Muhammed Ali, Lily Tomlin, Bobby Darin 01x17: (Jan/21/1971) As Himself 
  Sid Caesar, Bobby Darin, B.B. King 01x13: (Dec/17/1970) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Bobby Darin, Charlie Pride, Ella Fitzgerald 01x10: (Nov/20/1970) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Cade's County (1971) 
  A Gun for Billy 01x10: (Nov/28/1971) As Billy Dobbs 

Ironside (1967) 
  The Gambling Game 05x04: (Oct/05/1971) As Charlie 

The Andy Williams Show (1969) (1969) 
  Barbara Bain / Bobby Darin / Martin Landau 02x01: (Sep/19/1970) As Himself 

This Is Tom Jones (1969) 
  Episode #2.2 02x02: (Oct/02/1969) As Himself 

The Barbara McNair Show (1969) 
  Bobby Darin / Carol Burnett / James Darren 01x03: (Sep/28/1969) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Bobby Darin, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart 04x21: (Feb/20/1969) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #19 02x05: (Oct/14/1968) As Himself 

ABC Stage 67 (1966) 
  Rodgers and Hart Today 01x21: (Mar/02/1967) As Himself 

Run for Your Life (1965) 
  Who's Watching the Fleshpot? 01x22: (Mar/07/1966) As Mark Shepherd 

The Red Skelton Show (1951) 
  Bobby Darin / Jackie and Gayle 15x07: (Sep/21/1965) As Himself 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed Hamlet? 02x28: (Apr/07/1965) As Roland Trivers 

The Andy Williams Show (1962) (1962) 
  Bobby Darin / Henry Mancini / Olive Osmond / Vic Damone 03x12: (Jan/11/1965) As Himself 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  The Hondells / Bobby Darin 08x07: (Oct/17/1964) As Himself 
  AB-877: Bobby Darin 04x72: (Dec/13/1960) As Himself 
  AB-97: Bobby Darin 01x97: (Dec/17/1957) As Himself 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The John Gillman Story 08x03: (Oct/04/1964) As John Gillman, [Special Guest Stars]

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  Bobby Darin Show 14x17: (Jan/28/1964) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 7, Episode 8 07x08: (Apr/14/1963) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Joan Sutherland, Joey Adams 15x35: (May/13/1962) As Himself 
  Bobby Darin, Señor Wences, Della Reese 13x23: (Feb/28/1960) As Himself 
  Bobby Darin, Edgar Bergen, Connie Francis 13x16: (Jan/03/1960) As Himself 
  Bobby Darin, Frankie Laine 12x51: (Sep/06/1959) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 19th Annual Golden Globe Awards 19x01: (Mar/05/1962) As Winner: New Star Of The Year - Actor 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 09x01: (Apr/17/1961) As Presenter, [Featuring]

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  Connie Francis 09x02: (Jan/09/1961) As Himself 
  Bobby Darin 07x08: (Dec/02/1959) As Himself 

Dan Raven (1960) 
  The High Cost of Fame 01x01: (Sep/23/1960) As Himself 

The Dick Clark Show (1958) 
  Final show (with highlights from past shows) 03x53: (Sep/10/1960) As Himself 
  Bobby Darin / The Crests / The Fendermen / The Skyliners / Paul Evans 03x40: (Jun/11/1960) As Himself 
  Dorsey Burnette / Bobby Darin / The Coasters / Freddy Cannon 03x28: (Mar/19/1960) As Himself 
  From Hollywood: Bobby Darin / Fabian / Dodie Stevens / Mitchell Torok 02x51: (Aug/22/1959) As Himself 

The Bob Crosby Show (1958) (1958) 
  Alan and De Wood / Bobby Darin / Gretchen Wyler / The Modernaires 01x11: (Aug/23/1958) As Himself 
Featured Songs

Happy Days Songs:
Tell-Tale Tart + "More (Than The Greatest Love)" (1964) 
A Potsie Is Born + "Mack the Knife" (played by the band) (1959) 
Fearless Malph + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Second Wind + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
My Favorite Orkan + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Marion's Misgivings + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
The Last of the Big Time Malphs + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Fonzie's Old Lady + "Splish Splash" (1957) (played twice by the band) 
Fonzie Loves Pinky (1) + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Fonzie the Superstar + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Jailhouse Rock + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Richie's Flip Side + "Splish Splash" (1958) 
Fonzie Joins the Band + "Splish Splash" (1958) (played by the band) 
Millennium Songs:
Monster + Goodbye Charlie 
Sense and Antisense + Gyp The Cat 
Beware of the Dog + As Long as I'm Singing 
The Dick Clark Show Songs:
Final show (with highlights from past shows) + Mack the Knife
+ Splish Splash 
Bobby Darin / The Crests / The Fendermen / The Skyliners / Paul Evans + Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
+ I'll Be There 
Dorsey Burnette / Bobby Darin / The Coasters / Freddy Cannon + Beyond the Sea 
From Hollywood: Bobby Darin / Fabian / Dodie Stevens / Mitchell Torok + Dream Lover
+ Mack the Knife 
Bobby Darin / Connie Francis / The Crests / Wilbert Harrison / The G-Notes + Dream Lover 
Dick Clark's Birthday Show + Queen of the Hop 
Bobby Darin / The Everly Brothers / The Olympics / The Elegants + Queen of the Hop 
From Miami: Jack Scott / Bobby Darin / Duane Eddy / George Hamilton IV / The DeJohn Sisters + Early In The Morning
+ Splish Splash 
Joan of Arcadia Songs:
Bringeth It On + Beyond the Sea 
Magic City Songs:
Feeding Frenzy + Beyond The Sea 
Everwood Songs:
Friendly Fire + Call Me Irresponsible 
Pilot + Mack the Knife 
The Midnight Special Songs:
Host: Paul Anka + Dream Lover
+ If I Were a Carpenter
+ Roll Over Beethoven
+ Splish Splash 
The Sopranos Songs:
Unidentified Black Males + If I Were A Carpenter 
University + I'll Remember April 
I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano + I'll Remember April 
Las Vegas Songs:
Luck Be a Lady + I'm Sitting on Top of the World 
Revenge Songs:
Execution + Softly, As I Leave You 
American Bandstand Songs:
AB-97: Bobby Darin + Splish Splash 
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Songs:
20,000 Koopas Under the Sea / Vampire Until Ready + Splish Splash 
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Trivia

In 1962, Bobby won the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Male.

Bobby's first hit single, "Splish, Splash" sold over one million copies in 1958.

Bobby initially didn't start his career as a singer, he was primarily a songwriter.

Bobby suffered a severe case of rheumatic fever as a child, as a result, it scarred his heart weakening it greatly.

Bobby 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 100 Most Shocking Moments of Rock

Bobby was of Italian-American heritage.

In 1962, Bobby was nominated for the Golden Laurel for Top Male New Personality, he made 5th place.

In 1964, Bobby was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for: Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

Bobby was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the film Beyond the Sea (2004).

Bobby attended the Bronx High School of Science.

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