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Frankie Avalon was born Francis Thomas Avallone on September 18, 1940. By the time he was 12, Avalon began making appearances on U.S. television for his trumpet prowess, and, seven years later, he had risen to become a teen idol for young female teenagers in the 1950s. His most famous song was Venus, recorded on the Chancellor label.

Later in the 1960s, Avalon became known for his roles in the beach film genre. Later, he became the U.S. national television spokesperson for Sonic Drive-In.

In 1986, the famous British pop girl group Bananarama released a hit song name Venus, however, it was not a cover of Avalon's hit -- rather, it was written by Robby VanLeeuwen and performed first by Shocking Blue. Still, that was the year also that Avalon and Annette Funicello returned to the movies, with the aptly titled Back to the Beach.

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Frankie Avalon Facts

Birth NameFrancis Thomas Avallone
BirthdaySeptember 18, 1939 (75)
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Frankie Avalon compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Frankie & Annette MGM Movie Legends Collection
Beach Party
The Alamo
Muscle Beach Party
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine / Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs
Beach Blanket Bingo
Sergeant Dead Head
Beach Blanket Bingo / How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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