Vic Damone Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 June 1928Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameVito Rocco Farinola
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

At fourteen he worked as an usher at the NYC Paramount Theatre. His father was an electrician who played guitar and his mother taught piano. Damone attended PS 163 and sang in St. Finbar's choir and later attended the Alexander Hamilton Vocational High School and then Lafayette High School in Brooklyn. He left school at sixteen to support his family, but returned to graduate from Lafayette in 1997. Damone won first prize in an Arthur Godfrey talent scouts contest in 1945. His first night club appearance at the LA Martinique Club was set up by comedian Milton Berle. He was drafted and served in the army from 1951 to 1953. After he was discharged from the army he married actress Pier Angeli, whom he later divorced. Damone was later married to Becky Ann Jones from 1974 to 1982 and Diahann Carroll from 1987 to 1996. He married Rena Rowan, fashion designer and co-founder of Jones New York, in 1998. In 1999, he received a certificate of advanced study from Philadelphia University.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mike McKinley

Spouse (5)

Rena Rowan (21 April 1998 - 6 November 2016) (her death)
Diahann Carroll (3 January 1987 - 12 September 1996) (divorced)
Becky Ann Jones (12 April 1974 - 26 February 1982) (divorced)
Judith Rawlins (24 October 1963 - 28 June 1971) (divorced) (3 children)
Pier Angeli (24 November 1954 - 18 December 1958) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Damone was his mother's maiden name.
Cousin of singer/actress Doretta Morrow.
His sister Sandy was shot to death by her ex-husband Abby who then killed himself at the bingo hall in North Miami where they both worked in the mid-1980s.
Ex-stepfather of Suzanne Kay.
In November 1952, he was an Army corporal, with his hitch due to end four months later, in April 1953.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1731 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Had one son with Pier Angeli: Perry Damone (1955-2014). Has three daughters with Judith Rawlins: Victoria Damone, Andrea Damone and Daniella Damone.
Parents are Rocco Farinola and Mamie Damone. Has four sisters: Pia Farinola, Teresa Farinola, Elaine Farinola and Sandra Farinola.
He was the original choice to play singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather (1972), but the role went to Al Martino instead.
Referenced in Brett Ratner's Money Talks (1997). After "Franklin" (Chris Tucker) sees an ad for Vic Damone on TV, he introduces himself as "Vic Damone Jr", when meeting "Tony" (Paul Sorvino) and "Connie" (Veronica Cartwright).
Has appeared with Jane Powell in four films: Rich, Young and Pretty (1951), Athena (1954), Deep in My Heart (1954) and Hit the Deck (1955).
Attended and graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York City.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on his autobiography] I don't want to write a book that's going to hurt anybody. I don't operate like that. I'll tell you things in my life, but we were not out to hurt anybody. Not even ex-wives. [The Arizona Republic, June 7, 2009]

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