10 Crazy Frank Sinatra Facts: His Mob Involvement, Wild Sex Parties, and More

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Promo still of Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak in the 1957 film Pal Joey. Portrait artist Nicholas Volpe used Sinatra's pose in this photo as a model for his 1975 painting of the older Sinatra, which can be seen at and Bonhams. Image by Colombia Pictures on Wikimedia Commons.

Last updated on April 7th, 2023 at 11:26 pm

Frank Sinatra is well known as one of the most influential and iconic musicians of all time. His smooth crooner voice and dashing good looks earned him several nicknames over the years including, “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” “Chairman of the Board,” and “The Sultan of Swoon.”

Although he was most known for his incredible sound and ability to adapt to most situations, there have been some unique and interesting Frank Sinatra facts that were more than just rumors. Read on to learn more about this legendary crooner and his most interesting details.

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Cary Grant & Frank Sinatra during at the 42th Oscars (1970). Image from Wikimedia Commons.

How Tall was Frank Sinatra?

Although Ol’ Blue Eyes were somewhat sensitive about his smaller-than-average appearance, he made up for this with his ability to croon with the best.

This iconic singer stands at approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, even though he has stated a variety of different heights over the years.

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Publicity photo of Frank Sinatra in the 1965 film Marriage on the Rocks. Image by Warner Bros on Wikimedia Commons.

Frank Sinatra’s Zodiac Sign

Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in the kitchen of his parent’s apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Because of this, his zodiac sign is Sagittarius which, as a fire sign, means that they are typically extremely outgoing and love to be the center of attention.

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Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner in the Amsterdam airport in 1951. Image by IISG on Wikimedia Commons.

Frank Sinatra was Left for Dead at Birth

During his birth, Sinatra was more than 13 pounds and was thought to be stillborn. The doctor who delivered him placed him on the counter to take care of his mother, assuming he was dead.

It was Sinatra’s grandmother who took the baby in her arms and ran cold water over him to revive him. Soon, he was crying and was found very much to be alive.

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A cropped version of the photograph was published on page 15 of the November 28, 1957, issue of the jazz magazine DownBeat (Vol. 24, No. 24). The accompanying story, titled “Sinatra: He’s Frank” and written by John Tynan, detailed the entertainer’s preparations before the premiere of the second Frank Sinatra Show (1957–58) on ABC. In 1959, United Artists distributed the photograph as a “keybook” publicity photo. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Scarred for Life

The doctor who delivered him as a baby caused injury to Sinatra’s check, ear, and neck with a forceps. 

Did You Know that Sinatra was the Inspiration for Scooby Doo?

Most people who know anything about Frank Sinatra know he was well-known for his amazing songs such as “Strangers in the Night.”

For Fred Silverman, a CBS executive, hearing the lyrics, “dooby, dooby, doo” was the inspiration for the hit cartoon character Scooby Doo.

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Photo of Frank and Nancy Sinatra during rehearsal for ‘’The Frank Sinatra Show’’ 1959. Image by ABC Televison on Wikimedia Commons.

Frank Sinatra Had Ties to the Mob

Throughout his career, several rumors over the years stated he was connected to the mob. This fact is believed to be more than just rumors since he was often associated with known mob bosses such as Sam Giacana.

The rumors were further justified when word got out that the FBI had a file on the legendary crooner. While the file was expunged in 1998, there was plenty of evidence that showed him to be tied with many mob members.

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Frank Sinatra and Raffaela Carra in 1965. Image by Saliko on Wikimedia Commons.

This Legendary Crooner was Once Arrested for Adultery

Most people also know that Frank Sinatra was known to be a womanizer and was linked to many women over the years. But, did you know that in the late 1930s, he was arrested for sleeping with a married woman, which was illegal at the time?

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Washington, D.C. USA, October 1st, 1992 Frank Sinatra in performance at the reopening of the Warner Theater in Washington DC. Image from Shutterstock.

Frank Sinatra Hated His Signature Song

Sinatra became well-known for many of his famous songs throughout his career, including the one that became known as his signature song, “My Way.”

The truth about the song, however, is that despite the great demand for it, Frank Sinatra hated the song.

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Photo of Frank Sinatra and Raquel Welch from the motion picture Lady in Cement in 1968. Image by 20th Century Fox on Wikimedia Commons.

Frank Sinatra Played Host to Rat Pack Sex Parties

Frank Sinatra joined up with the other members of the group dubbed The Rat Pack, which was known for their sex party escapades.

Frank Sinatra himself often hosted such parties in the steam rooms of various casinos.

Related: How Did Frank Sinatra Die? His Final Words, Legacy, and More

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Philippe Halsman’s photo of Frank Sinatra. Unknown date from Wikimedia Commons.

Did You Know that Frank Sinatra’s Original Debut was in Porn?

One of the less known Frank Sinatra facts is that he actually got his start at the age of 19 in a porn movie. He starred in the movie, The Masked Bandit, and was paid about $100 for the role.

He was extremely embarrassed about this film and was said to have asked his mob-connected friends to help him get rid of it. This resulted in the movie being buried so deep that most people have never heard of it.

He Also had Blue Collar Jobs Before Fame

In his early days, Sinatra was a delivery boy for the local news paper, as well as a riveter in a shipyard.  


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A family portrait of Frank Sinatra, his first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra, and their three children: Nancy, Tina, and Frank Jr in 1949. Image by Movie Life on Wikimedia Commons.

Frank Sinatra was Known to be Obsessed with Cleanliness

Sinatra was reportedly obsessed with being clean sometimes to the point of taking more than 12 showers a day.

Most people commented on how he always smelled like lavender, which was a result of him spraying himself with lavender water to hide the smell of cigarettes and whiskey.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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