Sinatra was ‘a towering figure’ for Italian community: Davi

Oct 19, 2015 2920

By Richard Hutton

While he has carved out quite a nice career for himself as an actor in film and television, Robert Davi is happiest when he is one stage singing from the Great American Songbook. It's something, though, that he never felt quite right doing as long as Frank Sinatra was able to take to the stage.

That's because The Chairman of the Board was long considered a hero in the Italian community. "For the Italians, it's the Pope and Sinatra, and not always in that order. He was a towering figure because he was the son of immigrants," Davi says, adding that a quote from the New York Times at the time regarding Italian immigrants as "the dirtiest" and "lower than the Negro."

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