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Nat King Cole

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Jazz pianist and baritone vocalist whose trio released the common Christmas tune “Chestnuts Roasting with an Open up Fireplace.” After hearing Earl Hines, Nat was motivated to contact himself Nat Ruler. One of is own initial groups was known as the Nat Cole Swingers. He was among the initial African Americans to get his own present when he became web host in the Nat Ruler Cole Present. He wedded Nadine Robinson on January 1937; after their divorce on March 22, 1948, he remarried Maria Cole on March 28, 1948. Jointly that they had five kids. His daughter is certainly Natalie Cole, who’s also a vocalist.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nat King Cole
Date Of Birth March 17, 1919
Place Of Birth Montgomery, AL
Profession Jazz Singer
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#Fact
1 On the NBC Television special The Best On Record, broadcast May 18, 1965, Sammy Davis, Jr. performed a musical tribute to his friend Nat 'King' Cole.
2 First African-American to have his own TV show - The Nat King Cole Show (1954).
3 He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One for Television at 6229 Hollywood Boulevard and one for Recording at 6659 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4 Performed at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration on 20 January 1961.
5 Attended the Democratic National Convention in 1960.
6 Addressed the Republican National Convention in 1956.
7 He was paid only $5000 for acting in China Gate (1957), but he received $75,000 for singing "Three Coins in the Fountain" during the opening credits.
8 He was heavy smoker throughout his life and was rarely seen in public or private without a cigarette in his hand. He was a smoker of Kool menthol cigarettes, believing that smoking up to three packs a day gave his singing voice its low, rich sound. After an operation for stomach ulcers in 1953, he had been advised by doctors to stop smoking, but he did not do so. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with lung cancer on December 6, 1964. He underwent cobalt and radiation therapy and was initially given a positive prognosis. On January 25, 1965 he underwent surgery to remove his entire left lung. Despite medical treatments, he died on February 15, 1965, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
9 As a singer and recording artist, his contributions to American popular music are incalculable. Any list of his representative hits, all on Capitol records, has to include: "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," "Sweet Lorraine," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "The Christmas Song," "Mona Lisa "(a signature song during his career), "Nature Boy," "Too Young," "Answer Me" , "Walkin' My Baby back Home", "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Lush Life, " "Ramblin' Rose," "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer, "People" , "That Sunday Yhat Summer" " "Dear Lonely Hearts," "L-O-V-E," and "Unforgettable.".
10 In 1956, while giving a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, he was attacked onstage by two members of a white racist organization called the White Citizens Council--which has since renamed itself the Conservative Citizens Council--and sustained injuries to his back.
11 Winner of a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 1989. Incredibly enough, he was nominated for a Grammy only once in his lifetime, in 1958, and lost.
12 When he and his family moved to the upscale Hancock Park area of Los Angeles in the late 1940s, they were met with considerable opposition from the residents of the previously all-white neighborhood. When sent a letter informing him that the local residents were opposed to "undesirables" in the neighborhood, he responded with a letter that said that he and his family were also opposed to undesirables, and that, if he ever saw any, his neighbors would be the first ones to know. When the neighbors finally realized - after several attempts, including legal action - that the Coles were not going to be intimidated, they accepted defeat and, ultimately, the Coles as well. Several years after his death, his widow, Maria, sold the home to a family of wealthy African-Americans. As Maria herself said, "Anyone who thought Nat was an Uncle Tom clearly did not know the man".
13 He and his second wife Maria Cole were married in Harlem's famous Abyssinian Baptist Church by the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr..
14 A lifelong baseball fan, he was frequently seen at the Los Angeles Dodgers' home games for many years.
15 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.
16 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 (under the category Early Influence). His recordings of "Straighten Up And Fly Right" (1943) and "Route 66" (1946) (later covered by many including Chuck Berry, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones), are R n B and Pop classics today. He had several mainstream R n R hits in the mid 1950s including "Send For Me"." With You On My Mind", "When Rock and Roll Comes To Trinadad" and "Looking Back".
17 Brother of singer Freddy Cole.
18 Made his last recordings less than two weeks before his death, for the "L*O*V*E" album (Capitol, 1965).
19 During the one season his show, The Nat King Cole Show (1954) was on the air, it had no sponsor, being run by NBC on a sustaining (network-sponsored) basis. The highly rated show had top-of-the-line production values, music by Nelson Riddle's orchestra, top-name guest stars and the personal endorsement of NBC chairman David Sarnoff (who ordered his network executives, "Find his show sponsors or heads will roll!"). Many of Cole's friends in the industry, such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis Jr., out of respect for his talents and what he was trying to do, appeared for minimum salary, and often no salary at all. Bob Henry (The Andy Williams Show (1962), Flip (1970)) wrote, produced and directed. At the end of the season, even though no national sponsors could be found - many companies did not want to upset their customers in the South, who did not want to see blacks on television - NBC expressed its willingness to keep the show going on a sustaining basis. It was Nat who pulled the plug, remarking bitterly, "I guess Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark."
20 Circa 1961, he had an interest in a paper-cup enterprise in Puerto Rico.
21 Children: daughters, Carol Cole, born October 17, 1944 (adopted) Natalie Cole, born February 6, 1950 Timolin & Casey (identical twins), born September 26, 1961; son, Nat Kelly Cole, born February 1959 - died 1995 (AIDS) (adopted).
22 Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage, right hand side of the corridor, at the very top.
23 Brother of bandleader Eddie Cole.
24 Born at 9 am-CST.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina 2003 Documentary performer: "Avalon" 1920
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 performer: "The Christmas Song"
Catch Me If You Can 2002 performer: "The Christmas Song"
Ah! Si j'étais riche 2002 performer: "Smile"
Malcolm in the Middle 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
À la folie... pas du tout 2002 performer: "L.O.V.E."
The Rookie 2002 performer: "The Christmas Song"
The Majestic 2001 performer: "Orange Colored Sky", "I Remember You"
One Night with Robbie Williams 2001 TV Special documentary writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right"
Corky Romano 2001 performer: "L O V E"
Boycott 2001 TV Movie performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home'
Frasier 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
In the Mood for Love 2000 performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Te Quiero Dijiste", "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás", "Li-Zhen's Dialogue / Te Quiero Dijiste Magic Is The Moonlight", "Maria Elena", "Solamente Una Vez You Belong To My Heart"
Jack of All Trades 2000 TV Series 1 episode
Liberty Heights 1999 performer: "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" - as Nat King Cole
End of Days 1999 performer: "The Christmas Song"
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1998 performer: "Nature Boy"
Rounders 1998 performer: "That's The Kind Of Girl I Dream Of"
Wrongfully Accused 1998 performer: "When I Fall In Love" - as Nat King Cole
The Parent Trap 1998 performer: "L O V E"
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes
Primary Colors 1998 performer: "UNFORGETTABLE" - as Nat King Cole
British Men Behaving Badly 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
As Good as It Gets 1997 performer: "FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS I LOVE YOU" - as Nat King Cole
Stag 1997 performer: "How Does It Feel"
That Old Feeling 1997 performer: "Love"
Private Parts 1997 performer: "Pretend" - as Nat King Cole
101 Dalmatians 1996 performer: "The Christmas Song"
Jingle All the Way 1996 performer: "The Christmas Song"
Dear God 1996 as Nat King Cole, "Straighten Up and Fly Right"
Faithful 1996 performer: "Let's Face The Music And Dance" - as Nat King Cole
Unforgettable 1996 performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole
Grumpier Old Men 1995 performer: "Almost Like Being In Love"
Friends 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Golden Anniversary 1995 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" / music: "Straighten Up and Fly Right"
The American President 1995 performer: "Deck the Halls" - uncredited
Home for the Holidays 1995 performer: "Candy", "The Very Thought of You"
Three Wishes 1995 performer: "A Blossom Fell"
Fallen Angels 1993-1995 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Tuskegee Airmen 1995 TV Movie writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right"
ER 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Like It Like That 1994 performer: "L-O-V-E" - as Nat King Cole
With Honors 1994 performer: "The Christmas Song Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire"
The Ref 1994 arranger: "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Adeste Fidelis" / performer: "The Christmas Song", "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Adeste Fidelis"
Kung kailangan mo ako 1993 performer: "Unforgetable"
Grumpy Old Men 1993 arranger: "O Holy Night", "Joy to the World" / performer: "O Holy Night", "Joy to the World"
Sleepless in Seattle 1993 performer: "Stardust"
Torch Song 1993 TV Movie performer: "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE"
The Wonder Years 1988-1993 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
La ardilla roja 1993 performer: "Let There Be Love"
This Boy's Life 1993 performer: "Smile"
El amante bilingüe 1993 performer: "Perfidia"
Untamed Heart 1993 performer: "Nature Boy"
Groundhog Day 1993 performer: "Almost Like Being in Love" - as Nat King Cole
That Night 1992 performer: "LET THERE BE LOVE"
Tales from the Crypt 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Long Day Closes 1992 performer: "Stardust"
Home Improvement 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guilty by Suspicion 1991 performer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT" / writer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT"
The Freshman 1990 performer: "MONA LISA"
Quick Change 1990 performer: "L-O-V-E"
Lágrimas al desayuno 1989 Short "El bodeguero"
The Last Winter 1989 performer: "Smile"
Strapless 1989 performer: "When I Fall In Love"
See You in the Morning 1989 performer: "When I Fall in Love"
Scandal 1989 "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer"
Tin Men 1987 performer: "Sweet Lorraine"
Un hombre de éxito 1986 performer: "El bodeguero"
Mona Lisa 1986 performer: "MONA LISA", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE"
My Favorite Year 1982 performer: "Stardust" 1927
The World According to Garp 1982 performer: "There Will Never Be Another You"
Raging Bull 1980 performer: "Mona Lisa" 1949
Caboblanco 1980 performer: "The Very Thought Of You"
Fedora 1978 performer: "Tenderly" - uncredited
Smile 1975 performer: "Smile" 1936
Badlands 1973 performer: "A BLOSSOM FELL"
Some Call It Loving 1973 "The Very Thought of You"
Cat Ballou 1965 performer: "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" - uncredited
Felicia 1964 performer: "Felicia"
The Jack Benny Program 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Danny Kaye Show 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
In the Cool of the Day 1963 performer: "In the Cool of the Day"
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Schlager-Raketen 1960 performer: "Mona Lisa"
Startime 1960 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1959 lyrics - 1 episode, 1959
Make Room for Daddy 1959 TV Series writer - 1 episode
St. Louis Blues 1958 performer: "Morning Star", "Careless Love", "Saint Louis Blues"
The Nat King Cole Show 1956-1957 TV Series performer - 25 episodes
Raintree County 1957 performer: "Raintree County"
China Gate 1957 performer: "China Gate"
Istanbul 1957 performer: "I WAS A LITTLE TOO LONELY", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE"
Autumn Leaves 1956 performer: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
The Scarlet Hour 1956 performer: "Never Let Me Go"
Rhythm and Blues Revue 1955 Documentary performer: "Calypso Blues" / writer: "Calypso Blues"
The Nat 'King' Cole Musical Story 1955 Short performer: "Sweet Lorraine", "Route 66", "Pretend", "That's My Girl"
Rock 'n' Roll Revue 1955 Short performer: "The Trouble With Me Is You"
Kiss Me Deadly 1955 performer: "Rather Have the Blues"
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The Adventures of Hajji Baba 1954 performer: "Hajji Baba Persian Lament"
Small Town Girl 1953 performer: "My Flaming Heart"
The Blue Gardenia 1953 performer: "Blue Gardenia"
Nat 'King' Cole and Joe Adams Orchestra 1952 Short performer: "Too Young", "Destination Moon", "That's My Girl"
Calypso Blues 1951 Short writer: "Calypso Blues" - as Nathaniel Cole
Nature Boy 1951 Short performer: "Nature Boy"
When I Fall in Love 1951 Short performer: "WHenI Fall in Love"
The Fight Never Ends 1949 writer: "Call the Police"
Make Believe Ballroom 1949 performer: "The Trouble With Me is You"
Killer Diller 1948 lyrics: "Ooh, Kickeroonie" / music: "Breezy and the Bass", "Ooh, Kickeroonie"
Make Mine Music 1946 performer: "Tres Palabras" - uncredited
Breakfast in Hollywood 1946 writer: "It's Better To Be By Yourself"
Her Lucky Night 1945 writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - as Nat Cole
Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby? 1944 Short performer: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?"
Here Comes Elmer 1943 writer: "Straighten Up Fly Right"
Stormy Weather 1943 music: "That Ain't Right" 1941 - uncredited
The First Monday in May 2016 Documentary performer: "Stardust"
The Simpsons 2008-2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Call the Midwife 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 2016 Documentary performer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" written by nm0170713 & nm0590030
Mike & Mike 2013-2015 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Joy 2015/I performer: "Solamente Una Vez You Belong To Me", "Winter Wonderland", "A House With Love In It"
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game performer: "Orange Colored Sky"
The Vampire Diaries 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Person of Interest 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sophia 2015/II Short performer: "Airiness a la Nat"
De nærmeste 2015 performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Maria Elena"
Hockney 2014 Documentary performer: "L-O-V-E"
Cuéntame 2012-2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" / performer: "I'm Lost", "Little Joe from Chicago", "Magic Window", "My Kinda Love", "Nature Boy", "Smile", "Stardust", "Sweet Lorraine", "Unforgettable" / writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right"
Meet the Patels 2014 Documentary performer: "L-O-V-E"
The Best Man Holiday 2013 performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole
The Blacklist 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2011
42 2013 writer: "Straighten Up And Fly Right"
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot 2013 Documentary performer: "It's Only A Paper Moon"
The Richest Songs in the World 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited
Parenthood 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Let There Be Love"
Breaking Bad 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jack Irish: Bad Debts 2012 TV Movie performer: "The Very Thought of You"
Lotta & die großen Erwartungen 2012 TV Movie performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" - as Nat King Cole, uncredited
New Girl 2011-2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Magnifica presenza 2012 performer: "Perfidia"
Banda sonora 2008-2012 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Als je verliefd wordt 2012 performer: "When I Fall In Love"
Pan Am 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Christmas Song"
Kirstie's Handmade Britain 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eureka 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
My Week with Marilyn 2011 performer: "You Stepped Out of a Dream", "Autumn Leaves Les Feuilles Mortes" - as Nat King Cole
Bienvenue 2011 performer: "L.O.V.E."
Hung 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shirley 2011 TV Movie writer: "Calypso Blues"
I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 performer: "L-O-V-E" - as Nat King Cole
Violet & Daisy 2011 performer: "Answer Me, My Love"
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Olivia 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Oca 2010 performer: "Nature Boy"
Mafia II 2010 Video Game writer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT" - as Nat King Cole
Treme 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
California's Gold 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Valentine's Day 2010/I performer: "Te Quiero, Dijiste" - as Nat King Cole
Desperate Housewives 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Leap Year 2010 performer: "MORE AND MORE OF YOUR AMOR"
Prep & Landing 2009 TV Short performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole
Fringe TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Dream", "Save the Bones for Henry Jones", "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
So You Think You Can Dance 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La chica de ayer 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole
Loose Women 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Watchmen 2009 performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole
Dancing on Ice 2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dieta mediterránea 2009 performer: "Ay, cosita linda"
Mad Men 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Express 2008 performer: "Send For Me"
The X Factor 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doctors 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
How About You... 2007 performer: "Let There Be Love"
The War 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Entourage 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Big Love 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ugly Betty 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Midsomer Murders 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Running with Scissors 2006 performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" 1947, "Stardust" 1927 - as Nat King Cole
Steps 2006 Short performer: "Ballerina"
Love and Other Disasters 2006 performer: "L.O.V.E." - as Nat King Cole
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Star Dust"
Take the Lead 2006 performer: "Fascination"
Idols! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little Manhattan 2005 performer: "The Very Thought Of You"
Six Feet Under 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wah-Wah 2005 performer: "Stay As Sweet As You Are"
Dancing with the Stars 2005 TV Series 1 episode
EastEnders 2002-2004 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
School for Seduction 2004 performer: "Cappucina/Permettete Signorina" - as Nat King Cole
Ray 2004/I writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - as Nat King Cole
Suwingu gâruzu 2004 performer: "L. O. V. E."
Canadian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 4400 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
2046 2004 performer: "The Christmas Song"
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" - as Nat King Cole
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: Carnival of Comedy 1989 Video
Cat Ballou 1965 Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
The Jack Benny Program 1964 TV Series Nat
Schlager-Raketen 1960 Sänger / Himself
Night of the Quarter Moon 1959 Cy Robbin
St. Louis Blues 1958 W.C. Handy
China Gate 1957 Goldie
Istanbul 1957 Danny Rice
The Scarlet Hour 1956 Nightclub Vocalist (singing 'Never Let Me Go')
Kiss Me Deadly 1955 Singer (voice)
Small Town Girl 1953 Nat King Cole
The Blue Gardenia 1953 Nat 'King' Cole
All Star Revue 1953 TV Series Guest Vocalist
Lux Video Theatre 1952 TV Series Horace Hambleton
Showtime, U.S.A. 1951 TV Series Performer
Make Believe Ballroom 1949 Trio Leader (as King Cole Trio)
We, the People 1948 TV Series Performers
Breakfast in Hollywood 1946 Nat 'King' Cole
See My Lawyer 1945 Specialty (as King Cole Trio)
Swing in the Saddle 1944 'King' Cole (uncredited)
Stars on Parade 1944 Nat 'King' Cole
Pin Up Girl 1944 Canteen Pianist (uncredited)
Pistol Packin' Mama 1943 Leader - The King Cole Trio (uncredited)
Here Comes Elmer 1943 King Cole (uncredited)
Citizen Kane 1941 Pianist in 'El Rancho' (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love TM 2013 Short music performer - as Nat King Cole
Christmas with Rupert 2013 Video music performer
Ein Tag, eine Nacht und ein bisschen Morgen 2011 singer
Night of the Quarter Moon 1959 composer: song "To Whom it May Concern"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Time 2014/IV Short as Nat King Cole

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mona Lisa 1986 grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Himself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 2 1992 Video Himself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 1 1991 Video Himself
Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs 1989 Documentary Himself
The Jack Paar Program 1962-1964 TV Series Himself
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964 TV Series Himself - Host
The Garry Moore Show 1961-1964 TV Series Himself
The Danny Kaye Show 1963 TV Series Himself
An Evening with Nat King Cole 1963 TV Movie Himself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Winner: Special Award
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957-1961 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1961 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1953-1961 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949-1961 TV Series Himself / Himself - Pianist
Main Event 1961 TV Movie Himself - Guest
Spectacular 1960 TV Series Himself - Star
Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign 1960 TV Movie Himself - Performer
This Is Your Life 1960 TV Series Himself
The Royal Variety Show 1960 TV Movie Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1960 TV Series Himself
Academy Award Songs 1960 TV Movie Himself - Singer (as Nat King Cole)
Startime 1960 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1960 TV Series Himself - Pianist
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Himself - Performer
Playboy's Penthouse 1959 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957-1959 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Singer / Himself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1959 TV Series Himself
Premier Khrushchev in the USA 1959 Documentary Himself
The George Gobel Show 1959 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1959 TV Series documentary Himself
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Nat King Cole Show 1956-1957 TV Series Himself - Host
The Eddie Fisher Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
Basin Street Revue 1956 Himself
The Walter Winchell Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rhythm and Blues Revue 1955 Documentary Himself
Ford Star Jubilee 1955 TV Series Himself
The Nat 'King' Cole Musical Story 1955 Short Himself
Rock 'n' Roll Revue 1955 Short Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1952-1955 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954-1955 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Pianist
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series Himself - Singer
The George Jessel Show 1953 TV Series Himself
Your Show of Shows 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
Nat 'King' Cole and Russ Morgan and His Orchestra 1953 Short Himself
The Red Skelton Hour 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
Cavalcade of Stars 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
Songs for Sale 1951-1952 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1951-1952 TV Series Himself - Singer
Nat 'King' Cole and Joe Adams Orchestra 1952 Short Himself
Calypso Blues 1951 Short Himself
For Sentimental Reasons 1951 Short Himself
Home 1951 Short Himself
Mona Lisa 1951 Short Himself
Nature Boy 1951 Short Himself
Route 66 1951 Short Himself
Sweet Lorraine 1951 Short Himself
The Trouble with Me Is You 1951 Short Himself
When I Fall in Love 1951 Short Himself
You Call It Madness 1951 Short Himself
The James Melton Show 1951 TV Series Himself
Joe Adams Presents 1951 TV Series Himself - Singer
King Cole Trio & Benny Carter Orchestra 1950 Short Himself
Adventures in Jazz 1949 TV Series Himself
Killer Diller 1948 Himself (as King Cole Trio)
Come to Baby Do 1946 Short Himself
Errand Boy for Rhythm 1946 Short Himself
Frim Fram Sauce 1945 Short Himself
Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby? 1944 Short Himself (as the King Cole Trio)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Real Las Vegas 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Corrina, Corrina 1994 Himself (uncredited)
Great Performances 1992 TV Series Himself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Himself
Natalie Cole: Unforgettable 1991 Video short Nat 'King' Cole
That's Black Entertainment 1990 Documentary Himself
The Unforgettable Nat 'King' Cole 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: The Funny Fifties 1989 Video
Ain't Misbehavin' 1974 Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By 2015 TV Movie
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2015 TV Series Himself
3-D Rarities 2015 Documentary
My Yearbook 1960-1963 2015 TV Movie Himself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary Himself
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
My Music: Big Band Vocalists 2012 TV Movie Himself
How Playboy Changed the World 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tracks 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
100 Years of the London Palladium 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Love Letters in the Sands of Time 2010 TV Movie Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Legendary Crooners 2007 Video documentary Himself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century 2007 Video documentary Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
American Masters 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Moments to Remember: My Music 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Frankie Laine: An American Dreamer 2006 Video documentary Himself
Jeopardy! 2005 TV Series Himself
Nat King Cole: Encore 2004 Video short Himself
Calypso Dreams 2004 Video documentary Himself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
Harlem Renaissance 2004 Video documentary Himself
Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
When I Fall in Love: The One & Only Nat King Cole 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jack Paar: Smart Television 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rhapsody in Black 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin 2000 TV Movie documentary Shouter
Playboy: The Party Continues 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963 Special Award Golden Globes, USA For international contribution to the recording world.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6229 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 6659 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1962 Grammy Grammy Awards Album of the Year · Lee Gillette (Producer)

TitleSalary
China Gate (1957) $5,000
The Blue Gardenia (1953) $10,000

#Quote
1 [In an interview the day before his TV show opened] Negroes have been exposed to many single appearances but have not been given a chance to do a regular show before now. I've been waging a personal campaign, aiming at a show of this kind. I hit a few snags here and there but I didn't give up the fight. It could be a turning point so that Negroes may be featured regularly on television.
2 All I want to do is sing and make people happy.
3 [after his TV show was canceled due to lack of sponsors] Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.

#Trademark
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