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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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 2015/I Joy (performer: "Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To Me)", "Winter Wonderland", "A House With Love In It")
 2015 De nærmeste (performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Maria Elena")
 2013 The Best Man Holiday (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
 2013 42 (writer: "Straighten Up And Fly Right")
 2012 Magnifica presenza (performer: "Perfidia")
 2012 Als je verliefd wordt (performer: "When I Fall In Love")
 2011 My Week with Marilyn (performer: "You Stepped Out of a Dream", "Autumn Leaves" (Les Feuilles Mortes) - as Nat King Cole)
 2011 Bienvenue à bord (performer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2011 I Don't Know How She Does It (performer: "L-O-V-E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2011 Violet & Daisy (performer: "Answer Me, My Love")
 2010 Oca (performer: "Nature Boy")
 2010/I Valentine's Day (performer: "Te Quiero, Dijiste" - as Nat King Cole)
 2010 Leap Year (performer: "MORE AND MORE OF YOUR AMOR")
 2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2009 Watchmen (performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole)
 2009 Dieta mediterránea (performer: "Ay, cosita linda")
 2008 The Express (performer: "Send For Me")
 2007 How About You... (performer: "Let There Be Love")
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Running with Scissors (performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" (1947), "Stardust" (1927) - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Love and Other Disasters (performer: "L.O.V.E." - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Take the Lead (performer: "Fascination")
 2005 Little Manhattan (performer: "The Very Thought Of You")
 2005 Wah-Wah (performer: "Stay As Sweet As You Are")
 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 Suwingu gâruzu (performer: "L. O. V. E.")
 2004 2046 (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" - as Nat King Cole)
 2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 Catch Me If You Can (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 Ah! Si j'étais riche (performer: "Smile")
 2002 À la folie... pas du tout (performer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2002 The Rookie (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2001 The Majestic (performer: "Orange Colored Sky", "I Remember You")
 2001 Corky Romano (performer: "L O V E")
 2000 In the Mood for Love (performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Te Quiero Dijiste", "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás", "Li-Zhen's Dialogue / Te Quiero Dijiste (Magic Is The Moonlight)", "Maria Elena", "Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)")
 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 Primary Colors (performer: "UNFORGETTABLE" - as Nat King Cole)
 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 Dear God (as Nat King Cole, "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1996 Faithful (performer: "Let's Face The Music And Dance" - as Nat King Cole)
 1996 Unforgettable (performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole)
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (performer: "Almost Like Being In Love")
 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")
 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 La ardilla roja (performer: "Let There Be Love")
 1993 This Boy's Life (performer: "Smile")
 1993 El amante bilingüe (performer: "Perfidia")
 1993 Untamed Heart (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1993 Groundhog Day (performer: "Almost Like Being in Love" - as Nat King Cole)
 1992 That Night (performer: "LET THERE BE LOVE")
 1992 The Long Day Closes (performer: "Stardust")
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (performer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT") / (writer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT")
 1990 The Freshman (performer: "MONA LISA")
 1990 Quick Change (performer: "L-O-V-E")
 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 Un hombre de éxito (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 Caboblanco (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")
 1963 In the Cool of the Day (performer: "In the Cool of the Day")
 1960 Schlager-Raketen (performer: "Mona Lisa")
 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 Istanbul (performer: "I WAS A LITTLE TOO LONELY", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1956 Autumn Leaves (performer: "Autumn Leaves" (Les Feuilles Mortes))
 1956 The Scarlet Hour (performer: "Never Let Me Go")
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly (performer: "Rather Have the Blues")
 1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba (performer: "Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)")
 1953 Small Town Girl (performer: "My Flaming Heart" - uncredited)
 1953 The Blue Gardenia (performer: "Blue Gardenia")
 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)
 1943 Here Comes Elmer (writer: "Straighten Up Fly Right")
 1943 Stormy Weather (music: "That Ain't Right" (1941) - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: 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


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Personal Quote:

[In an interview the day before his TV show opened] Negroes have been exposed to many single appearances but have not been given a chance to do a regular show before now. I've been waging a personal campaign, aiming at a show of this kind. I hit a few snags here and there but I didn't give up the fight. It could be a turning point so that Negroes may be featured regularly on television. See more »


He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One for Television at 6229 Hollywood Boulevard and one for Recording at 6659 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »


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