Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Rat Pack on the Walk of Fame

If you visit Hollywood, you can't miss the Hollywood Walk of Fame, because the sidewalk stars honoring entertainment personalities cover the downtown area.  In all, over 2400 stars have been dedicated to both performers and behind the scenes honorees.  And among them, are sidewalk stars honoring members of the Rat Pack. . .with one exception.

Stars have been awarded in the categories of motion pictures, television, radio, recording, and live performance.  The most honored celebrity of them all is Gene Autry, who has stars in all five categories.

In Hollywood, you'll find four stars on the sidewalks for singer Tony Martin, for motion pictures, TV, radio, and recording.

When it comes to the Rat Pack, both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are honored with three stars each, in the categories of motion pictures, recording and TV.  Sammy Davis Jr. is represented with one star, for recording, and Peter Lawford is there with a star for TV.

Rat Pack friend Marilyn Monroe is on the Walk of Fame with a star for motion pictures, and Frank's daughter Nancy has her own star, for recording.

The one Rack Pack omission:  Comedian Joey Bishop, who had his own successful talk show and sitcom on TV, and a long career in live performance.  Despite that, Joey is not present on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.  But then for that matter, also missing is the co-creator and star of what many people consider the best TV comedy series of all time.  And that would be Jerry Seinfeld.

This article courtesy of the Frank Sinatra tribute site,