Oscar Actors: Darin, Bobby

Born Robert Walden Cassotto on May 14, 1936 in New York City; died in 1973.

Having lost his father before birth, Darin was raised by his mom with the aid of welfare, but later educated at Hunter College.

In the late 1950s, he emerged as a highly successful nightclub and recording artist and won two Grammy Awards in 1960 for his rendition of “Mack the Knife,” which sold 2 million copies

He played both light and dramatic roles in films and was nominated for Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of a shell-shocked GI in “Captain Newman, M.D.” in 1963.

Long plagued by heart trouble, Darin died at 37, following an operation. His first wife was the actress Sandra Dee.

Oscar Alert

In 1963, Bobby Darin competed for the Supporting Actor Oscar with Nick Adams in “Twilight of Honor,” Hugh Griffith in “Tom Jones,” John Huston in “The Cardinal,” and Melvyn Douglas (who won) in “Hud.”


Pepe 1960

Come September 1961

Too Late Blues 1962

State Fair 1962

Hell is for Heroes 1962

Pressure Point 1962

If a Man Answers 1962

Captain Newman, M.D. 1964

That Funny Feeling 1965
(also music and title

Gunfight in Abilene 1967

Stranger in the House 1967
Cop/Out (UK)

The Happy Ending 1969

Happy Mother's Day–Love 1973