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Frank Sinatra And The Movies He Didn’t Do

Posted in Entertainment with tags on July 20, 2009 by franksinatratribute

Sinatra EternitySome of Frank Sinatra’s acclaimed movie roles included The Man With The Golden Arm, The Manchurian Candidate, Von Ryan’s Express, and of course, From Here To Eternity, for which he won the academy award for best supporting actor.  But there are a number of other well-known films in which he might have starred but didn’t for various reasons.

For one, he originally signed on to play the lead in Carousel in 1956 opposite Shirley Jones but he walked off the set on the first day of filming after he found out that they were going to shoot each scene twice, with two different lens sizes, and was quoted as saying “I was paid to make one movie, not two”.  He was replaced by Gordon MacRae.

In 1957, he turned down the lead in The Pajama Game, which would have teamed him up with singer Janis Paige, who played the role on Broadway.  As a result, Paige lost the part to Doris  Day, who was considered a bigger box-office draw.

Sinatra was considered for the role of Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl in 1968.  This was said to have been vetoed by Barbra Streisand, who ended up playing opposite Omar Sharif.

According to, Frank was the first choice to play the title role in Dirty Harry in 1971, but broke his finger before shooting started and had to bow out of the production, which launched a film series for Clint Eastwood.

Finally, Frank turned down the lead role in Death Wish in 1974.  It was given to Charles Bronson, and was the role that made him an international star.

From The Frank Sinatra Tribute Blog and