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Tony Fontane (1925–1974)

Tony Fontane was born September 18, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in North Dakota and Chicago. He escaped the grinding poverty of his youth by joining the Coast Guard in World War II, after which he rose to prominence as a singer in the night clubs of New York. After winning the Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour, he enjoyed widespread ... See full bio »

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The Ed Sullivan Show Self - Singer


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 1963 The Tony Fontane Story
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 1952 The Jerry Fielding Show (TV Series)
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 1951 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Self - Singer
- Episode #4.46 (1951) ... Self - Singer

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5' 11" (1.8 m)


Kerry Vaughn  (his death)  (1 child)

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On the afternoon of September 3, 1957, Fontane finished a rehearsal for a television special at NBC in Burbank and was driving to his home when another motorist ran a red light and plowed into the driver's side of Fontane's sports car. It took rescue workers more than 2½ hours to extricate the singer from his vehicle. Rushed to the hospital, he remained in a coma on the brink of death for a month... See more »

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