Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 - December 20, 1973, Bronx NY.) was born Walden Robert Cassotto and was one of the most popular rock and roll American teen idols of the late 1950s. However, he is widely respected for being a multi-talented, versatile performer.
Bobby Darin was a very special and talented entertainer. He was a Grammy award winning singer (‘Mack The Knife’), a respected member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (‘Dream Lover’, ‘Splish Splash’, ‘If I Were A Carpenter’) a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a successful record producer, an Oscar nominated actor and a strong supporter of the American Heart Association. Bobby was married to actress Sandra Dee from 1960-1967. They had one son, Dodd, born in Dec. 1961. As a result of complications from a rheumatic heart, Bobby’s life was tragically cut short in 1973.
Bobby Darin was raised by his mother and sister who actually turned out to be his grandmother and his mother (when his mother had him they moved away and said he was the grandmother’s baby because his mother was so young at the time people would have shunned her from society)
For more on Bobby Darin, watch “Beyond the Sea,” in which Kevin Spacey portrays the entertainer.