Frankie Avalon is a famous Italian American actor, singer, and playwright. He is the former first teen idol of America. He is most renowned for his super-hit single ‘Venus.’ Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello co-starred in movie series, ‘Beach Party.’ Continue reading to find the net worth of Frankie Avalon as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) was born on 18th September 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the US. His parents were Mary and Nicholas Avallone. Frankie Avalon studied acting from Pasadena Playhouse.
Frankie Avalon and Kathryn ‘Kay’ Diebel, the former beauty pageant winner, got married on 19th January 1963. The couple has eight children – Carla, Dina, Frankie Jr., Joseph, Kathryn, Laura, Nicolas, and Tony. Also, they have ten grandchildren. Frankie Avalon Jr. enacted in the original movie ‘The Karate Kid’ but, now he is a musician. Tony, their second oldest son, plays the guitar and teaches at the Rock Nation School.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Frankie Avalon was the first teenage idol. In December 1952, Frankie Avalon first appeared on American network television. He had played the trumpet in the Honeymooners’ ‘Christmas Party.’ This was a comedy sketch on ‘The Jackie Gleason Show.’
In 1954, Frankie Avalon’s two singles on him playing the trumpet was released on RCA Victor’s ‘X.’ Also, Frankie playing the trumpet was highlighted on some of his LP songs. In 1959, ‘Venus’ ranked no.1 for five weeks and ‘Why’ ranked no.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The same year, Frankie Avalon released more top 40 records. Frankie Avalon had 31 singles charted on the U.S. Billboard (1958 – 1962). These included ‘Just Ask Your Heart’ ranked no.7 in the US; ‘I’ll Wait for You’ ranked no. 15 in the US; ‘Bobby Sox to Stockings’ ranked no.8 in the US; ‘A Boy Without a Girl’ ranked no.10 in the US. Frankie Avalon was not very popular in the UK yet, some of his singles reached the music chart. These include ‘Ginger Bread,’ ‘Venus,’ ‘Don’t Throw Away All Those Teardrops’ and ‘Why.’ Most of his super-hit songs were written and/or produced by Bob Marcucci, the head of Chancellor Records.
In 1962, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello co-starred in the movie series called ‘Beach Party.’ Frankie Avalon enacted in John Wayne’s movie, ‘The Alamo.’ Frankie Avalon and Barbara Eden enacted in the science fiction movie ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.’ In 1978, Frankie Avalon enacted as Teen Angel in the musical movie ‘Grease.’ After singing ‘Beauty School Dropout,’ Frankie got introduced to the next generation.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of now, the net worth of Frankie Avalon is $35 million. Most of his wealth comes from his profession as an actor, singer, and playwright. His career lasted for three generations. Frankie is a former teen idol who earned the salary for appearing on beach party comedy movies (the 1960s). Frankie along with Annette Funicello (d.2013), actor cum singer, enacted in ‘Beach Party’ movie series. Frankie Avalon earned from the sale of his total seven albums and over 40 singles (1958 and 1977).
Eventually, Frankie Avalon turned to market his own branded Frankie Avalon Products including health and cosmetics. Frankie Avalon collaborated with Bob Circosta. Together they promoted Frankie’s products at the Home Shopping Network.