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Darin, Bobby

Born: 1936 AD
Died: 1973 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Musicians

1936 – Born on the 14th day of May in Bronx, New York, USA.


1956 – His agent negotiated a contract for him with Decca Records, where Bill Haley & His Comets had risen to fame.


1958 – His career took off this year when he wrote and recorded his unique song "Splish Splash"; it became an instant hit, selling more than a million copies.


1959 – Recorded "Dream Lover", a ballad that became a multi-million seller.


1960 – Co-starred with 18-year-old actress Sandra Dee. They fell in love and were married this year.


1961 – He had one son, Dodd Mitchell Darin.


1962 – Won the Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Male Newcomer", for his role in Pressure Point.


1963 – Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a shell-shocked soldier in Captain Newman, M.D.


1966 – He had another big hit record, but this time it was with folksinger Tim Hardin’s "If I Were a Carpenter" rather than the lighter material he had been recording earlier in the decade.


1967 – He and his wife divorced this year.


1969 – Started another record company, Direction Records, putting out folk and protest music.


1971 – He underwent his first heart surgery in an attempt to correct some of the heart damage he had lived with since childhood.


1972 – Starred in his own television variety show, on NBC, The Bobby Darin Amusement Company, which ran for two years.


1973 – Married Andrea Yeager in June of this year.


       – He died on 20th of December, following surgery to repair his heart valve. In accordance with his wishes, his body was donated to the UCLA Medical Center for research purposes.


1999 – He was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.