Nat 'King' Cole (1919–1965)

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Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles (he later dropped the "s" in his surname) in 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... See full bio »

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Cat Ballou Shouter


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 1965 Cat Ballou
Shouter (as Nat King Cole)
 1964 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- Nat King Cole, Guest (1964) ... Nat
 1960 Schlager-Raketen
Sänger / Self
 1959 Night of the Quarter Moon
Cy Robbin
 1958 St. Louis Blues
W.C. Handy
 1957 China Gate
 1957 Istanbul
Danny Rice
 1956 The Scarlet Hour
Nightclub Vocalist (singing 'Never Let Me Go')
 1953 Small Town Girl
Nat King Cole (as Nat King Cole)
 1953 The Blue Gardenia
Nat 'King' Cole
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Horace Hambleton
- Song for a Banjo (1952) ... Horace Hambleton
 1950 Snader Telescriptions (TV Series)
 1949 Hollywood on Television (TV Series)
Guest (1949)
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom
Trio Leader (as King Cole Trio)
 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood
Nat 'King' Cole
 1945 See My Lawyer
Nat 'King' Cole (as King Cole Trio)
 1944 Swing in the Saddle
'King' Cole (uncredited)
 1944 Stars on Parade
Nat 'King' Cole
 1944 Pin Up Girl
Canteen Pianist (uncredited)
 1943 Pistol Packin' Mama
Leader - The King Cole Trio (uncredited)
 1943 Here Comes Elmer
King Cole (uncredited)
 1941 Citizen Kane
Pianist in 'El Rancho' (uncredited)
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Other Works:

His song compositions include "I'm a Shy Guy", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "That Ain't Right", "It's Better to Be by Yourself", "Just for Old Time's Sake", "Calypso Blues", "With You on My Mind", and "To Whom It May Concern". 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 | The King Cole Trio | King Cole Trio | the King Cole Trio


6' 0½" (1.84 m)


Maria Cole  (his death)  (5 children) | See more »


Natalie Cole

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[after his TV show was canceled due to lack of sponsors] Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark. See more »


He and his second wife Maria Cole were married in Harlem's famous Abyssinian Baptist Church by the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.. See more »


Smooth baritone voice


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