5 Classic Frank Sinatra Movie Roles That Proves He Can Do More Than Just Music

With more than 150 million records sold worldwide, there is no doubt that Frank Sinatra is one of the greatest musicians to ever live. From Come Fly with Me to Only the Lonely, he released several records that not only established him as one of the best singers to ever hold the microphone, but also one of the most successful. But it wasn’t just music where his talent shone through. Frank Sinatra appeared in several movie roles throughout his career, delivering Oscar-worthy performances.

Although his primary occupation was singing, Frank appeared in more than 60 movies throughout his film career, winning more than 36 awards and 21 award nominations.

We took a look at five of them that showed Frank was just as capable of acting as he was at singing. Check it out.

Five Movie Roles That Prove Frank Sinatra Can Do More Than Music

1. Frankie Machine in The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

Frank Sinatra Movie Roles

If The Man with the Golden Arm were released today, it would still hold up as a gritty drama just as it was when it was released in 1955. The plot, which was of a man’s struggle to stay clean, is one of the most visceral expressions of addiction problems never seen until films like Requiem for a Dream.

Frank Sinatra played the role of Frankie Machine, the protagonist of the story, in what is arguably the most dramatic performance of his career. To research the complex part, he spent time at rehab clinics, where he had a first-hand experience of addicts in recovery.

The result was an Oscar-nominated performance that is spoken of among film enthusiasts, decades after it was released.

2. Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953)

From Here to Eternity

Before Frank Sinatra delivered a performance that earned him his one and only Oscar win as Best Supporting Actor, his career as a musician had stalled.

But in further proof of just how multi-talented he was, he found his groove back with his performance as Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity. He played a wisecracking army private who was the subject of persecution by a sadistic sergeant, played by Ernest Borgnine.

While he was not the primary focus of the movie, Frank Sinatra delivered a memorable performance in the role, enough to fetch him an Oscar statue.

READ   Top 10 Biggest Controversies In Disney

3. Major Bennett Marco in The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Frank Sinatra Movie Roles

The disparity between a story in a book and its adaptation onscreen is a battle that’s been going on for years, and one that books have been winning. However, when the adaptation gets it right, it does so spectacularly.

In 1962, that was The Manchurian Candidate, with Sinatra at the center, delivering a performance that many consider his best work onscreen ever. In the movie, Frank Sinatra plays Major Bennett Marco, a Korean War veteran who returned home with members of his unit after years of captivity.

He later comes to learn that the Chinese had brainwashed he and his unit members, and one of his unit members had been turned into a mindless killer.

As Bennett Marco, Sinatra delivered a nail-biting performance that would have you forget he is equally a master of love songs. Thanks to his work in the film, the film was added to the National Film Registry in 1994 by the Library of Congress.

4. Joey Evans in Pal Joey (1957)

Pal Joey

Frank Sinatra was undoubtedly an exceptional singer. When you combine his talent with singing with his above-average acting skills, you get his performance as Joey Evans in the musical, Pal Joey.

Frank played a San Francisco-based singer who bankrolls his dreams of owning and running a night club of his own by seducing a wealthy widow. What might have been a flimsy movie turned into one of the most commercially successful films of Frank Sinatra’s career, all thanks to his performance in the role.

His portrayal of Joe Evans earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy.

5. Danny Ocean in Ocean’s 11 (1960)

Frank Sinatra Movie Roles

Before George Clooney assembled Hollywood royalty and laid siege on Las Vegas in his 2001 version of Ocean’s 11, Frank Sinatra did it first.

He played the lead in the 1960 heist movie, starring other major movie stars like Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis, Jr. In the movie, Frank Sinatra plays the role of Danny Ocean, a professional gambler who assembled a team of his army buddies to rob five of Las Vegas’ casinos.

Although George Clooney’s version was more critically acclaimed and commercially successful, the original was proof of Frank Sinatra’s range as an actor and contributed to his admirable body of work.

Adeola Seun
Adeola Seun
Seun is a CCNA certified graduate of FUTA. He has been writing on various subjects that include finance, economics, celebrity net worth, lifestyle, biographies and politics for over 7 years, Other than writing, he enjoys movies, video games, and sports


What Is Bruce Willis Net Worth and Who Are His Family Members?

Bruce Willis is a well known Hollywood action movie star. With over 3 decades and counting in the industry, the Die Hard star has shown...

Bill O’Reilly Personal Life and Career, Net Worth, and Why He Divorced His Wife

Bill O'Reilly is an American political commentator, journalist, television host, syndicated columnist, and bestselling author. He is best known for his eponymous Fox News...

Details of Gwen Stefani’s Husband (Blake Shelton), Kids and How She Achieved Her Net Worth

Award-winning singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani who first gained popularity in the 1990s as the lead singer of "No Doubt" went on to have...

Lil Baby Net Worth 2020 – How Much Money the “Drip Too Hard” Rapper Makes

Ever since he broke into the music scene in 2017, rapper, Lil Baby has enjoyed a type of meteoric rise that most musicians can...

David Goggins Net Worth: Breaking Down the Finances of ‘Can’t Hurt Me’ Author

Looking for a bit of inspiration to help get your life in gear? Then look no further than retired navy seal and renowned endurance...

Trey Songz Net Worth: How Much Money the ‘Bottoms Up’ Singer Makes

R&B hitmaker, Trey Songz is a singer and rapper who began making music right from his formative years and has gone ahead to gain...

Joe Namath Net Worth and Earnings From All The Things He Does For A Living

It is not every day that you find a professional athlete who also boasts of the magnetism and charisma usually reserved for movie stars....

What Is Jamie Foxx Net Worth & Does He Have A Wife or Girlfriend?

Jamie Foxx is an American actor, comedian, singer, and songwriter. Foxx began pursuing a career in entertainment in the late 80s and slowly gained...

These Facts Will Tell You All About Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Career Achievements, Net Worth And Family

Best known for playing Elaine on the sitcom Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most fruitful runs in American comedy history. Most recently,...

Inside Look At Salman Khan’s Net Worth, Family and Recent Legal Troubles

With a net worth of $230 million and an entertainment career spanning over 30 years, Bollywood actor Salman Khan has worn many hats to...

Kim Richards Net Worth and Facts About Her Family and Relationships

Kim Richards is an actress and television personality best known as one of the housewives on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (RHOBH)....

Featured Today

What Is Wrong With Barron Trump, Is He Really Autistic? Where Is He Now?

Autism is prevalent and can affect people of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. The disorder, which limits a person's ability to relate and...

Little Known Facts About Kristen Welker’s Career, Parents and Husband

Those who can tell a thing or two about Kristen Welker will quickly point out that she is a media personality known for her...

Get To Know Santtu Seppälä (Sarah Rafferty’s Husband) With These 6 Facts

Santtu Seppälä is the husband of the famous stage and TV actress Sarah Rafferty who is also noted for being a former colleague and...

Paula Throckmorton – What To Know About Fareed Zakaria’s Wife

Paula Throckmorton is a jewelry designer and writer most famously known for being the wife of indian-American journalist Fareed Rafiq Zakaria, who hosts Fareed Zakaria...

Kim Anderson – Bio, Family and Facts About Stevie Nicks’ Ex-Husband

If you are well acquainted with the multiple award-winning songwriter and singer named Stevie Nicks, then you’d be happy to know more about her...

Related Stories