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Nat 'King' Cole (1919–1965)


Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he ... See full bio »

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 2012-2014 Cuéntame (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Cincuenta y siete años y un día (2014) ... (performer: "Ansiedad")
- Sorpresas (2012) ... (performer: "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons")
 2014 Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark (Documentary) ("Love is a Many Splendored Thing") / (performer: "I'm Lost", "Little Joe from Chicago", "Magic Window", "My Kinda Love", "Nature Boy", "Smile", "Stardust", "Sweet Lorraine", "Unforgettable") / (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 2013 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 19 December 2013 (2013) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" - uncredited)
 2013 The Best Man Holiday (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
 2013 The Blacklist (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Stewmaker (2013) ... (performer: "Smile" - uncredited)
  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2013) (performer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Episode #21.134 (2013) ... (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.79 (2011) ... (performer: "Nature Boy")
 2013 42 (writer: "Straighten Up And Fly Right")
 2013 Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (Documentary) (performer: "It's Only A Paper Moon")
 2012 The Richest Songs in the World (Documentary) (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2012 Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Let There Be Love")
  Breaking Bad (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Gliding Over All (2012) ... (performer: "Pick Yourself Up") / (writer: "Pick Yourself Up")
 2012 Jack Irish: Bad Debts (TV Movie) (performer: "The Very Thought of You")
 2012 Lotta & die großen Erwartungen (TV Movie) (performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" - as Nat King Cole, uncredited)
 2008-2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #8.8 (2012) ... (performer: "Yo vendo unos ojos negros")
- Episode #8.2 (2012) ... (performer: "Ansiedad")
- Episode #5.4 (2009) ... (performer: "Unforgettable")
- Episode #4.1 (2008) ... (performer: "María Elena")
- Episode #2.7 (2008) ... (performer: "Aquellos ojos verdes")
 2011 Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2011 Eureka (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Do You See What I See (2011) ... (performer: "Deck The Halls" - uncredited)
 2011 My Week with Marilyn (performer: "You Stepped Out of a Dream", "Autumn Leaves")
 2011 Bienvenue à bord (performer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2011 New Girl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Wedding (2011) ... (performer: "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" - uncredited)
 2011 Formula 1: BBC Sport (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The British Grand Prix: Qualifying (2011) ... (performer: "Let There Be Love" - uncredited)
 2011 American Idol (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 8 Finalists Compete (2011) ... (performer: "Nature Boy")
 2010/I Valentine's Day (performer: "Te Quiero, Dijiste" - as Nat King Cole)
 2010 Desperate Housewives (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Glamorous Life (2010) ... (performer: " (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" - uncredited)
 2010 Leap Year (performer: "MORE AND MORE OF YOUR AMOR")
 2009 Prep & Landing (TV Short) (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
  Fringe (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Earthling (2009) ... (performer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - uncredited) / (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - uncredited)
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Dream", "Save the Bones for Henry Jones", "Autumn Leaves")
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Top 18 Perform (2009) ... (performer: "Almost Like Being in Love" - uncredited)
 2009 La chica de ayer (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2009) ... (performer: "The More I See You")
 2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2009 Loose Women (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #13.120 (2009) ... (performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home")
 2009 Watchmen (performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole)
 2009 Dancing on Ice (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #4.9 (2009) ... (performer: "Smile")
- Episode #4.10 (2009) ... (performer: "Smile")
 2009 Mediterranean Food (performer: "Ay, cosita linda")
 2008 Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Mountain King (2008) ... (performer: "Deck the Halls" - uncredited)
 2008 The Express (performer: "Send For Me")
 2008 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.3 (2008) ... (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - uncredited)
 2008 Doctors (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Hearts Will Go On (2008) ... (performer: "Unforgettable")
 2007 How About You... (performer: "Let There Be Love") / (writer: "Let There Be Love")
 2007 The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) ... (performer: "If You Can't Smile and Say Yes (Please Don't Cry and Say No)")
 2007 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Cannes Kids (2007) ... (performer: "L.O.V.E. (Je Ne Pepartrai Pas)" - uncredited)
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2007 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Blue Comet (2007) ... (performer: "Ramblin' Rose" - uncredited)
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Dance with the Dead (2006) ... (performer: "For All We Know")
 2006 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- World's Best Love Songs (2006) ... (performer: "Unforgettable")
 2006 Running with Scissors (performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" (1947), "Stardust" (1927) - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Steps (Short) (performer: "Ballerina")
 2006 Love and Other Disasters (performer: "L.O.V.E." - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Star Dust")
 2006 Take the Lead (performer: "Fascination")
 2005 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2005) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)")
 2005 Veronica Mars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- One Angry Veronica (2005) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2005 Little Manhattan (performer: "The Very Thought Of You")
 2005 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Everyone's Waiting (2005) ... (performer: "What'll I Do" - uncredited)
 2005 Wah-Wah (performer: "Stay As Sweet As You Are")
 2002-2004 EastEnders (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 20 December 2004 (2004) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
- Christmas Day 2002: Part 1 (2002) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2004 Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Rosenkrieg (2004) ... (performer: "Unforgettable")
 2004 School for Seduction (performer: "Cappucina/Permettete Signorina" - as Nat King Cole)
 2004/I Ray (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - as Nat King Cole)
 2004 Swing Girls (performer: "L. O. V. E.")
  The 4400 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2004) (writer - 1 episode, 2004)
- The New and Improved Carl Morrissey (2004) ... (performer: "Mona Lisa" - uncredited) / (writer: "Mona Lisa" - uncredited)
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" - as Nat King Cole)
 2003 Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (Documentary) (performer: "Avalon" (1920))
 2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 Catch Me If You Can (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 If I Were a Rich Man (performer: "Smile")
 2002 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Humilithon (2002) ... (performer: "Papa Loves Mambo")
 2002 He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (performer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2002 The Rookie (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2001 The Majestic (performer: "Orange Colored Sky", "I Remember You")
 2001 One Night with Robbie Williams (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 2001 Corky Romano (performer: "L O V E")
 2001 Boycott (TV Movie) (performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home')
 2000 In the Mood for Love (performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Te Quiero Dijiste", "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás")
 2000 Jack of All Trades (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Once You Go Jack... (2000) ... ("L-O-V-E")
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" - as Nat King Cole)
 1999 End of Days (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1998 Rounders (performer: "That's The Kind Of Girl I Dream Of")
 1998 Wrongfully Accused (performer: "When I Fall In Love" - as Nat King Cole)
 1998 The Parent Trap (performer: "L O V E")
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- We Have Cleared the Tower (1998) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
- 1968 (1998) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
 1998 Primary Colors (performer: "UNFORGETTABLE" - as Nat King Cole)
 1997 British Men Behaving Badly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Jingle B***s! (1997) ... (performer: "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot")
 1997 As Good as It Gets (performer: "FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS (I LOVE YOU)" - as Nat King Cole)
 1997 Stag (performer: "How Does It Feel")
 1997 That Old Feeling (performer: "Love")
 1997 Private Parts (performer: "Pretend" - as Nat King Cole)
 1996 101 Dalmatians (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 Jingle All the Way (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 Faithful (performer: "Let's Face The Music And Dance")
 1996 Unforgettable (performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole)
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (performer: "Almost Like Being In Love")
 1995 Friends (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The One with Phoebe's Dad (1995) ... (performer: "The Chirstmas Song" - uncredited)
 1995 Golden Anniversary (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Straighten Up and Fly Right") / (music: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1995 The American President (performer: "Deck the Halls" - uncredited)
 1995 Home for the Holidays (performer: "Candy", "The Very Thought of You")
 1995 Three Wishes (performer: "A Blossom Fell")
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie) (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1994 ER (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blizzard (1994) ... (performer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 1994 I Like It Like That (performer: "L-O-V-E" - as Nat King Cole)
 1994 With Honors (performer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)")
 1994 The Ref (arranger: "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Adeste Fidelis") / (performer: "The Christmas Song", "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Adeste Fidelis")
 1993 Kung kailangan mo ako (performer: "Unforgetable")
 1993 Grumpy Old Men (arranger: "O Holy Night", "Joy to the World") / (performer: "O Holy Night", "Joy to the World")
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (performer: "Stardust")
 1993 Torch Song (TV Movie) (performer: "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1993 The Red Squirrel (performer: "Let There Be Love")
 1993 This Boy's Life (performer: "Smile")
 1993 El amante bilingüe (performer: "Perfidia")
 1993 Groundhog Day (performer: "Almost Like Being in Love" - as Nat King Cole)
 1993 Untamed Heart (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1992 That Night (performer: "LET THERE BE LOVE")
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Split Personality (1992) ... (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1992 The Long Day Closes (performer: "Stardust")
 1992 Home Improvement (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor (1992) ... (performer: "When I Fall in Love" - uncredited)
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (performer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT") / (writer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT")
 1988-1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- The Ties That Bind (1990) ... (performer: "At Last" - uncredited)
- Cocoa and Sympathy (1990) ... (performer: "Unforgettable" - uncredited)
- Pottery Will Get You Nowhere (1989) ... (performer: "When I Fall In Love")
- Angel (1988) ... (performer: "For Sentimental Reasons")
 1990 The Freshman (performer: "MONA LISA")
 1990 Quick Change (performer: "L-O-V-E")
 1989 Lágrimas al desayuno (Short) ("El bodeguero")
 1989 The Last Winter (performer: "Smile")
 1989 Strapless (performer: "When I Fall In Love")
 1989 See You in the Morning (performer: "When I Fall in Love")
 1989 Scandal ("Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer")
 1987 Tin Men (performer: "Sweet Lorraine")
 1986 A Successful Man (performer: "El bodeguero")
 1986 Mona Lisa (performer: "MONA LISA", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1982 My Favorite Year (performer: "Stardust" (1927))
 1982 The World According to Garp (performer: "There Will Never Be Another You")
 1980 Raging Bull (performer: "Mona Lisa" (1949))
 1980 Cabo Blanco (performer: "The Very Thought Of You")
 1978 Fedora (performer: "Tenderly" - uncredited)
 1975 Smile (performer: "Smile" (1936))
 1973 Badlands (performer: "A BLOSSOM FELL")
 1973 Some Call It Loving ("The Very Thought of You")
 1965 Cat Ballou (performer: "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" - uncredited)
 1964 Felicia (performer: "Felicia")
 1964 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Nat King Cole, Guest (1964) ... (performer: "Day In, Day Out", "When I Fall In Love", "Sweet Sue" - uncredited)
 1963 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1963) ... (performer: "Get Me to the Church on Time", "The Christmas Song", "Jingle Bells", "Let There Be Peace on Earth" - uncredited)
 1963 In the Cool of the Day (performer: "In the Cool of the Day")
 1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 29 December 1961 (1961) ... (performer: "I Won't Twist", "Where Did Everyone Go?", "Feel So Low Down and Sad", "Every Time I Feel the Spirit", "The Story of Alice", "Ain't We Got Fun" - uncredited)
 1960 Schlager-Raketen (performer: "Mona Lisa")
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Academy Award Songs (1960) ... (performer: "Mona Lisa", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", "Lullaby of Broadway", "The Five Pennies" - uncredited)
  Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1959) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1959)
- Episode #12.4 (1959) ... (performer: "The Continental", "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries", "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "Cielito lindo", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Git Along, Little Dogies" - uncredited)
- Episode #11.19 (1959) ... (lyrics: "Madrid" - uncredited) / (performer: "Madrid", "Give Me Your Love", "Nature Boy", "Too Young", "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" - uncredited)
 1959 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Frankie Laine Sings for Gina (1959) ... (writer: "That Ain't Right")
 1958 St. Louis Blues (performer: "Morning Star", "Careless Love", "Saint Louis Blues")
 1957 Raintree County (performer: "Raintree County")
 1957 China Gate (performer: "China Gate")
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (performer - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.27 (1957) ... (performer: "Sweet Lorraine", "Lucky Day", "Stay as Sweet as You Are")
- Episode #1.22 (1957) ... (performer: "Stardust")
- Episode #1.21 (1957) ... (performer: "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me")
- Episode #1.17 (1957) ... (performer: "Should I?", "It All Depends on You", "Namely You", "This Is My Night to Dream", "Unforgettable")
- Episode #1.15 (1957) ... (performer: "That's My Girl", "Coquette", "True Love", "Tea for Two", "My Funny Valentine")
 1957 Istanbul (performer: "I WAS A LITTLE TOO LONELY", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1956 Autumn Leaves (performer: "Autumn Leaves")
 1956 The Scarlet Hour (performer: "Never Let Me Go")
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (performer: "Calypso Blues") / (writer: "Calypso Blues")
 1955 The Nat 'King' Cole Musical Story (Short) (performer: "Sweet Lorraine", "Route 66", "Pretend", "That's My Girl")
 1955 Rock 'n' Roll Revue (performer: "The Trouble With Me Is You")
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly (performer: "Rather Have the Blues")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
- Stars Over Harlem ... (performer: "Calypso Girl")
- Showtime in Harlem ... (performer: "You Call It Madness")
- Revue in Rhythm ... (performer: "The Trouble with Me Is You")
- Downbeat Revue ... (performer: "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons")
- All Star Review ... (performer: "Route 66")
 1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba (performer: "Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)")
 1953 Small Town Girl (performer: "My Flaming Heart")
 1953 The Blue Gardenia (performer: "Blue Gardenia")
 1952 Nat 'King' Cole and Joe Adams Orchestra (Short) (performer: "Too Young", "Destination Moon", "That's My Girl")
 1951 Calypso Blues (Short) (writer: "Calypso Blues" - as Nathaniel Cole)
 1951 Nature Boy (Short) (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1951 When I Fall in Love (Short) (performer: "WHenI Fall in Love")
 1949 The Fight Never Ends (writer: "Call the Police")
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom (performer: "The Trouble With Me is You")
 1948 Killer Diller (lyrics: "Ooh, Kickeroonie") / (music: "Breezy and the Bass", "Ooh, Kickeroonie")
 1946 Make Mine Music (performer: "Tres Palabras" - uncredited)
 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood (writer: "It's Better To Be By Yourself")
 1945 Her Lucky Night (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - as Nat Cole)
 1944 Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Short) (performer: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?")
 1943 Here Comes Elmer (writer: "Straighten Up Fly Right")
 1943 Stormy Weather (music: "That Ain't Right" (1941) - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His musical, "Unforgettable - The Nat King Cole Story," was performed at the Garrick Theatre in London, England with Clarke Peters, Donovan Carpenter, Edison Herbert, and Adrian Reid in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

13 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nat King Cole | King Cole Trio | the King Cole Trio

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

All I want to do is sing and make people happy. See more »

Trivia:

Children: daughters, Carol Cole, born October 17, 1944 (adopted) Natalie Cole, born February 6, 1950 Timolin & Casey (identical twins), born September 26, 1961; son, Nat Kelly Cole, born February 1959 - died 1995 (AIDS) (adopted). See more »

Trademark:

Raspy voice

Nickname:

King Cole

Star Sign:

Pisces

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