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Tony Bennett

Mostly Credited As: Tony Bennett
Sometimes Credited As: Joe Bari

Birth Name: Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Date Of Birth: August 03, 1926 (Age 88)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Astoria, New York
Height: 5' 7 ½" (1.71 m)

Tony Bennett


Legend Tony Bennett gave his first performance at the age of 10 at the opening of the Triborough Bridge. After dropping out of the New York High School of Industrial Arts at 16, Bennett was drafted into the Army during World War II and served on the front lines until April 1945. When the war ended, Bennett joined a military band and under the GI Bill studied at American Theater Wing. In 1949, Bennett was invited to tour with Bob Hope and was signed to Columbia Records in 1959, the same year he released his first big hit, "Because of You". The 1950s brought success for Bennett, scoring #1 hit after hit with "Blue Velvet," "Rags to Riches," and "Stranger in Paradise". In 1956, Bennett broke on to the television scene and hosted his own show, The Tony Bennett Show.

In 1962, Bennett performed a landmark concert at Carnegie Hall where he played 44 songs over the course of the concert. During this year, Bennett also released "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which has become his trademark song.

1964 brought Bennett a change of fortune. With The Beatles sweeping the country by storm, Bennett was unable to put out chart-topping singles. During this time, Bennett also divorced from his first wife, Patricia Beech, and starred in his first big-screen role in The Oscar. The film flopped and was bashed by critics. In 1972, Bennett left Columbia Records for MGM Records, but the change of company still didn't help Bennett achieve another hit single.

Bennett's luck changed during the late 1970s and 1980s. Under his own record label, Bennett released to highly-praised albums, later remarried, and landed a show in Las Vegas. Bennett also released two additional gold albums in 1992 and 1993.

At the age of 80, Bennett has sold a total of over 50 million records during his extensive career, is a member of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, was awarded a lifetime achievement award from ASCAP, and a Kennedy Center Honor.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Tony Bennett's Duets (2012)As: Himself
The Tony Bennett Show (1956)As: Host
Episode Cast Credits 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 5, Show 3 05x03: (Sep/03/2014) As Himself 

Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (May/23/2014) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  March 24, 2014 04x142: (Mar/24/2014) As Himself 
  December 14, 2011 02x73: (Dec/14/2011) As Himself 

Talks Music (2013) 
  Tony Bennett Talks Music 01x02: (Nov/18/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

30 Rock (2006) 
  Mazel Tov, Dummies! 07x07: (Nov/29/2012) As Tony Bennett 

The View (1997) 
  Season 16, Episode 36 16x36: (Oct/23/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Halloween, Tony Bennett, John Edward, Ben Vereen 11x42: (Oct/31/2007) As Himself 
  Season 8, Episode 80 08x80: (Dec/20/2004) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Season 2, Episode 50 02x50: (Nov/06/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  June 27, 2012 13x179: (Jun/27/2012) As Himself 
  October 5, 2011 12x278: (Oct/05/2011) As Himself 
  June 30, 2010 11x181: (Jun/30/2010) As Himself 

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 54x01: (Feb/12/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Viggo Mortensen, Dennis Regan, Tony Bennett 19x74: (Jan/13/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Fran Drescher, Eva Herzigova, Tony Bennett 04x94: (Feb/05/1997) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Show #0498 03x59: (Nov/30/1995) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Show #0402 02x183: (Jun/21/1995) As Himself 
  Show #0293 02x74: (Dec/23/1994) As Himself (cameo) 
  Show #0289 02x70: (Dec/19/1994) As Himself 
  Eddie Murphy, Tony Bennett, Wayne Cotter 01x165: (May/20/1994) As Himself 
  John Larroquette, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Butler, & Ben E. King, Jennifer Jason Leigh 01x122: (Mar/02/1994) As Himself (Cameo) 
  Dennis Miller, Tony Bennett, Sandra Bullock 01x36: (Oct/18/1993) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 9, Episode 22 09x22: (Oct/04/2011) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Tony Bennett 16x124: (Sep/29/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Hugh Jackman, Maya Rudolph, Tony Bennett 19x158: (Sep/23/2011) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Ellen DeGeneres, Fred Willard, Tony Bennett 15x33: (Nov/08/2006) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  July 4, 2011 05x239: (Jul/04/2011) As Himself 

American Idol (2002) 
  Season 10 Finale 10x39: (May/25/2011) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Season 6 Finale 06x40: (May/23/2007) As Himself 
  One Voted Off Live 06x27: (Apr/04/2007) As Himself 
  Top 9 Finalists Perform 06x26: (Apr/03/2007) As Himself (Guest Coach) 

Larry King Live (1985) 
  Final Episode 25x??: (Dec/16/2010) As Himself (Satellite Feed) 
  November 24, 2004 20x85: (Nov/24/2004) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  June 29, 2010 22x205: (Jun/29/2010) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Zach Braff, Bear Grylls, Tony Bennett 01x122: (Dec/11/2009) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

In Performance at the White House (2010) 
  Stevie Wonder 01x01: (Feb/26/2009) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Bill Hader, Jessica Szohr, Tony Bennett 16x51: (Dec/11/2008) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Patricia Heaton, Jason Ritter, Tony Bennett 14x60: (Dec/18/2006) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Tucker Carlson, Tony Bennett 13x58: (Dec/22/2005) As Himself 
  Bill Murray, Tony Bennett 12x58: (Dec/23/2004) As Himself 
  Kelly Ripa, Tony Bennett 11x48: (Dec/16/2003) As Himself 
  Martin Scorsese, Paget Brewster, Tony Bennett & k. d. Lang 10x47: (Dec/13/2002) As Himself 
  Al Roker, Kelly Lynch, Tony Bennett 05x50: (Dec/18/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Entourage (2004) 
  Unlike a Virgin 05x02: (Sep/14/2008) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Jennifer Garner, Jarod Miller, Tony Bennett 26x19: (Sep/27/2007) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

American Masters (1986) 
  Tony Bennett: the Music Never Ends 20x06: (Sep/12/2007) As Himself 
  Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For 13x03: (Dec/08/1999) Voiced  Narrator 
  Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing 08x01: (Dec/08/1993) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Nelly Furtado 04x105: (Feb/12/2007) As Himself 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Will Smith, Jada Smith, Tony Bennett 08x77: (Dec/19/2006) As Himself 

Billboard Music Awards (1990) 
  17th Billboard Music Awards 17x01: (Dec/04/2006) As Himself (Billboard Century Award) 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Tony Bennett, Ellen Degeneres, Blythe Danner 56x57: (Nov/21/2006) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, S. Epatha Merkerson 56x15: (Sep/22/2006) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera 32x05: (Nov/11/2006) As Himself (Musical Guest), [Uncredited]

The X Factor (2004) 
  Series 3 - Live Finals 3 (Result) 03x16: (Oct/28/2006) As Himself 
  Series 3 - Live Finals 3 03x15: (Oct/28/2006) As Himself 

Top 20 Countdown (1994) 
  Season 4, Episode 37 04x37: (Sep/16/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Canadian Idol (2003) 
  Top Three Results 04x30: (Sep/05/2006) As Himself 
  The Top Three 04x29: (Sep/04/2006) As Himself 

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978) 
  28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 28x01: (Dec/27/2005) As Himself (Honoree) 

The Tony Danza Show (2004) (2004) 
  Jamia Simone Nash, Tony Bennett, Tyler Florence, Michael McDonald 01x71: (Dec/24/2004) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Rosie O'Donnell, Chris Russo 01x45: (Nov/12/2004) As Himself 

The Apprentice (US) (2004) 
  Decision Time (2) 02x15: (Dec/16/2004) As Himself 

Strictly Come Dancing (2004) 
  Semi-Final Results 02x14: (Dec/04/2004) As Himself (Musical Guest), [Featuring]

The Casino (2004) 
  Episode 10 01x10: (Aug/16/2004) As Himself 

Rove Live (2000) 
  4-34 04x34: (Sep/30/2003) As Himself 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Bart vs. Lisa vs. 3rd Grade 14x03: (Nov/17/2002) Voiced  Himself 
  Dancin' Homer 02x05: (Nov/08/1990) Voiced  Himself 

Parkinson (1998) (1998) 
  Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges, James Nesbitt 07x07: (Apr/20/2002) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Cosby (1996) 
  The First Gentleman 02x24: (May/18/1998) As Himself 

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994) 
  Joshua 04x25: (Jan/01/1998) Voiced  Himself 

Muppets Tonight (1996) 
  The Best of Muppets Tonight 02x09: (Dec/21/1997) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett 01x06: (Apr/12/1996) As Himself 

Suddenly Susan (1996) 
  A Kiss Before Dying ... on Stage 02x08: (Nov/17/1997) As Himself 

Mundo VIP (1996) 
  Show nº5 01x05: (May/16/1996) As Himself 

Cybill (1995) 
  Zing! 02x02: (Sep/24/1995) As Himself 

Super Bowl (1967) 
  Super Bowl XXIX 29x01: (Jan/29/1995) As Himself (Halftime Show), [Musical Guests]

MTV Unplugged (1989) 
  Tony Bennett 05x02: (Jun/01/1994) As Himself 

Evening Shade (1990) 
  I Left My Ring in Evening Shade 04x26: (May/23/1994) As Tony Lombardi 

Bruce's Guest Night (1992) 
  Series 2, Show 3 02x03: (May/10/1993) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 59th Annual Academy Awards 35x01: (Mar/30/1987) As Himself ("Life in a Looking Glass"), [Musical Guests]

Doris Day's Best Friends (1985) 
  Tony Bennet 01x24: (Dec/27/1985) As Himself 

Breakfast Time (UK) (1983) 
  Episode 19 01x19: (Feb/10/1983) As Himself 

SCTV Network 90 (1981) 
  Great White North/Julius Caesar/Today is Moscow/Russian Wrap/Uposcrabblenyk/What Fits into Russia/PS 01x09: (Oct/16/1981) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Tony Bennett, The Muppets 24x17: (Jan/10/1971) As Himself 
  The Carpenters, George Burns, B.B. King 24x05: (Oct/18/1970) As Himself 
  Barbra Streisand, Rodney Dangerfield 23x01: (Sep/28/1969) As Himself 
  Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 22x26: (Apr/06/1969) As Himself 
  The Cast of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 22x02: (Oct/06/1968) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Mike Douglas 21x37: (May/26/1968) As Himself 
  Gladys Knight and the Pips, Tony Bennett 21x25: (Feb/25/1968) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Allen and Rossi 21x09: (Nov/05/1967) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Nancy Sinatra 20x31: (Apr/16/1967) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Jackie Vernon 18x39: (Jun/27/1965) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Pat Buttram 18x25: (Mar/21/1965) As Himself 
  Victor Borge, Tony Bennett 18x09: (Nov/22/1964) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Lesley Gore 17x03: (Oct/13/1963) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Anthony Quinn 16x09: (Nov/25/1962) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Della Reese 11x12: (Dec/15/1957) As Himself 
  Rosalind Russell, Gloria DeHaven, Eddie Albert, Tony Bennett 08x50: (Aug/21/1955) As Himself 
  Jackie Gleason & Art Carney / Tony Bennett / Senor Wences 05x30: (Mar/30/1952) As Himself 

The Doris Day Show (1968) 
  Tony Bennett is Eating Here 03x11: (Nov/23/1970) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Tony Bennett / Zero Mostel / Gloria Loring 06x09: (Nov/12/1970) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett, Sid Caesar 05x07: (Oct/30/1969) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett / Elke Sommer / David Frye 04x07: (Oct/31/1968) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett / Florence Henderson / Dino, Desi & Billy / Bob Newhart 03x28: (Mar/21/1968) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett / Nanette Fabray / Barbara McNair / Guy Marks 01x11: (Dec/02/1965) As Himself 

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) 
  Tony Bennett, Lynn Kellogg, Gaylord & Holiday 02x11: (Dec/03/1969) As Himself 

Playboy After Dark (1968) 
  Tony Bennett; Mitch Miller; Joe Williams; George Kirby; Moe Koffman 02x05: (Nov/20/1969) As Himself 
  Carla Thomas; Don Adams; Bill Dana; The Checkmates; Amazing Kreskin 02x03: (Nov/05/1969) As Himself 
  Tony Bennett; Steppenwolf; George Plimpton 01x04: (Aug/09/1968) As Himself 

This Is Tom Jones (1969) 
  Episode #2.3 02x03: (Oct/09/1969) As Himself 

The Barbara McNair Show (1969) 
  Jacqueline Susann / Tony Bennett 01x01: (Sep/14/1969) As Himself 

Shindig (1964) 
  Dobie Gray / Drifters / Beau Brummels / Tony Bennett 01x28: (Mar/10/1965) As Himself 

The Red Skelton Show (1951) 
  Tony Bennett / Virginia Grey / Jules Munshin 13x32: (Apr/28/1964) As Himself 

The Twentieth Century (1957) 
  The Songs of Harold Arien 07x14: (Feb/09/1964) As Himself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Ernest Borgnine 01x04: (Jan/25/1964) As Himself 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  5 (5) 06x05: (Oct/18/1963) As Maximillian 
  5 (4) 06x04: (Oct/11/1963) As Maximillian 
  5 (3) 06x03: (Oct/04/1963) As Maximillian 
  5 (2) 06x02: (Sep/27/1963) As Maximillian 
  5 (1) 06x01: (Sep/20/1963) As Maximillian 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  AB-1392: Tony Bennett 06x67: (Dec/04/1962) As Himself 
  AB-1132: Tony Bennett 05x67: (Dec/05/1961) As Himself 
  AB-24: Tony Bennett / The Five Satins 01x24: (Sep/05/1957) As Himself 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 5, Episode 18 05x18: (Jan/29/1961) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 35 03x35: (May/31/1959) As Himself 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Season 5, Episode 19 05x19: (Feb/15/1960) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 14 05x14: (Jan/11/1960) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 6 05x06: (Nov/09/1959) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 4 05x04: (Oct/19/1959) As Himself 
  Season 4, Episode 14 04x14: (Dec/14/1958) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 39 03x39: (Jun/29/1958) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 8 03x08: (Nov/10/1957) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 14 02x14: (Dec/30/1956) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 5 02x05: (Oct/14/1956) As Himself 
  Season 1, Episode 6 01x06: (Aug/05/1956) As Himself 

Make Room for Daddy (1953) 
  Tony Bennett Gets Danny's Help 06x15: (Jan/12/1959) As Cousin Stephen 

The Dick Clark Show (1958) 
  Tony Bennett / Lee Andrews and The Hearts / Jody Reynolds 01x17: (Jun/07/1958) As Himself 

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) 
  George Abbott 05x33: (Jul/10/1955) As Himself 

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 4, Episode 5 04x05: (Oct/16/1951) As Himself 
Featured Songs

Cold Case Songs:
Red Glare + "Rags to Riches" 
Beavis and Butt-Head Songs:
A Very Special Christmas With Beavis and Butt-head + "White Christmas" 
Wife Swap (US) Songs:
Collins/Matlock + Are You Having Any Fun? 
American Bandstand Songs:
AB-24: Tony Bennett / The Five Satins + Ca, C'est L'amour
+ In the Middle of an Island 
The Simpsons Songs:
Dancin' Homer + Capitol City 
The Sopranos Songs:
Full Leather Jacket + Dancin' in the Dark 
American Idol Songs:
Season 6 Finale + For Once in My Life 
Ed Songs:
Something Old, Something New + I Wanna Be Around 
Gilmore Girls Songs:
Written in the Stars + The Best Is Yet To Come 
Forgiveness and Stuff + Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 
Daria Songs:
I Don't + Stepping Out With My Baby 
Torchwood Songs:
Out of Time + The Good Life 
Friends Songs:
The One With Unagi + The Way You Look Tonight 
Six Feet Under Songs:
The Trip + With Plenty of Money and You 
The Dick Clark Show Songs:
Tony Bennett / Lee Andrews and The Hearts / Jody Reynolds + Young and Warm and Wonderful 
Super Bowl Songs:
Super Bowl XXIX  
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Trivia

Tony was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tony has been married twice: once to Patricia Beech from 1952-1971 and once to Sandy Grant from 1972 to 1980. He shares two children with each of his ex-wives.

Tony Bennett Quotes
Tony: I only met Bing Crosby once. He called me the best singer he'd ever heard.

Tony: I have traveled around the world to Asia and Europe. They show you what they have contributed to the world. The British show you theater, the Italians show you music and art, the French show you cooking and painting, and the Germans show you science. The only thing that the United States, which is still a young country, has contributed culturally to the world is jazz - elongated improvisation. It's tragic. Fifty years from now people will be bowing to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just like impressionist painters like Monet, who were starving in their day. The Americans don't even know what they have come up with.

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