Francis Thomas Avallone, better known as Frankie Avallone is an American artist: actor, singer, writer as well as a former teen idol. He first started out as a singer, appearing in The Jackie Gleason Show at just 11 years of age. Some of his first songs like “Venus” and “Why” were the Billboard hits of 1959 and between 1958 to 1962, his 31 songs had been in the Billboard Hot 100 singles. Songs like “Just Ask Your Heart”, “A Boy without a Girl”, “I’ll Wait for You” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings” were in the top 15 half of Billboard list; with most of his songs being written by the head of Chancellor Records named Bob Marcucci. His songs would even make the hits list in the U.K, although his fame wasn’t as wide spread as in the America. Born on the September of 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
His appearance in movies came at the age of 25, after he started to appear in many comic “beach party” movies, along with Annette Funicello. The romantic duo of “Frankie and Annette” was trending hugely in the American TV era of then. Before that, he did appear in smaller roles in movies like The Alamo and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) but couldn’t be a hit couple with Barbara Eden. In 1978, his role of Teen Angel in the “Beauty School Dropout” gave him a greater fame and popularity and after that was a national icon. Since then, he started to feature in several TV shows like The Patty Duke Show, Combat and The Bing Crosby Show and also became the spokesperson for Sonic Drive-In.
After playing in The Idolmaker in the 1980, took a long gap from acting, due to some health problems. He has undergone a big accident, and despite the prediction of his death, came out alive on the other side. Then he appeared directly in 1987 with Back to the Beach, followed by a role in Troop Beverly Hills (1989). Launching his own business under the Frankie Avalon Products, he made his debut as a director in 1995, working with Robert De Niro in Casino. An Italian by ethnicity, he had added some Italian flavor in that movie, although he recently came out with his Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook. There is a huge fan following oh his, which can be seen from his number of fans on Twitter or Instagram accounts.
Having been married once, he has not been divorced and is currently with his wife Kathryn Diebel. Married in 1963, they have successfully spent more than 50 years of life together and have 8 children together; 4 sons and 4 daughters. A man of average height, he measures 88 kg in weight and is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. He has got several pictures in the media with his wife and family, but not a single one, which is shirtless. He was also rumored to be gay, after seen regularly with his partner Mike Follis, but the rumors were addressed after Mike was found dead at his apartment. It doesn’t seem like he had a very active dating life, as he is believed to have no girlfriends in his past life. With a successful career and fame, he currently has got a net worth value of $30 million dollars. You can also know more about him, by going through his biography that can be found in sites like IMDb and Wikipedia.