Uncle Frank Dies
August 23, 2011 by Post Team
Uncle Frank Dies, U.S. Amado TV personality Frank Potenza has died at the age of 77. Potenza has been a fixture in the later his nephew Jimmy Kimmel night TV chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! For years, appearing in comedy skits and interviews with movie stars red carpet premiere.
A retired New York police officer, graduated from Potenza security man to star in the show. He died Tuesday morning. The details have been released.
Uncle Jimmy Kimmel, Frank – Frank Potenza – died Tuesday. He was 77. When the program first debuted, I had the opportunity to chat with him. This is the story that resulted. Uncle Frank, rest in peace … you were a good man, generous. Frank Kimmel was the night the public
In the world of television at night, Jimmy Kimmel could be considered the godfather. Employing more friends and family of an Italian gift, the host of ABC has fulfilled its promise to help the other day when he felt he did.
Chief among them: Uncle Frank Potenza, a former security guard Frank Sinatra, and now comic role in “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“I always knew I would succeed,” says Uncle Frank on the set of the series in the making, “but I did not know what field. … It is very bright and that’s half the battle.”
When former “The Man Show” brought together a host of personnel for its new program, which was interested in getting the family involved. Uncle Frank heard rumors that had been targeted, but the age of 69, he received the call until he came to California for a wedding.
“I could not understand why you’d like in your program,” Uncle Frank. “I never dreamed of being in front of a camera – he did not have that desire – but he thought I was a character.”
And how. In his first months on the job (as head of pseudo security program), uncle Frank has attended movie premieres; visits drove through Hollywood and handed out a lot about his days with Sinatra. The mere fact that he does not know that many of today’s players adds to the fun.
“I think he thinks he can bring life experiences to show larger audiences -. Something might know that He is with young people.”
By contrast, Uncle Frank was set with the Rat Pack.
As a security guard at the Palace of Caesar during the last years of Sinatra, followed by the Chairman of the Board almost everywhere. In the bathrooms, Sinatra could tip the attendant “what was on top” of his money roll. “Sometimes, it would be a 20. Times would be 100. It was just that kind of person. Most celebrities are not like them, but Sinatra was the exception.”
Eyes Ol ‘Blue was also a loving family man. “It was very soft – at least when I met him,” Uncle Frank says with a smile. “He loved being with his grandchildren … and where I ate, I would be with him at a nearby table. I never saw the side of what we all read.”
Because Sinatra did not like going to bed after a performance, often asked Uncle Frank to sit with him until 7 am – your bedtime. “We talk all the time.” For his kindness, Uncle Frank was rewarded handsomely. “It took my kids to college, giving me extra money above my salary just to do it. I got along very well with him and never had a bad experience.”
Kimmel, however, may be a different story. “I do not always understand your type of humor,” Uncle Frank says, “but I still love him. We are a very close family. We tease each other, but that means nothing.”
Kimmel related through marriage (his ex-wife is the sister of Jimmy’s mother), Uncle Frank retired from the police 27 years ago. He then went to the Palace of Caesar as a security guard, and then moved back east to work in the St Patrick’s Cathedral as an usher.
“I never felt this way in the last year. Then my daughter called me and said, ‘Dad, come out here and we’ll take care of you.” ”
Uncle Frank thought about it, but not to the package Kimmel call. Then he says, he got his second wind – and a new life.
“I was here a month and I started to feel good. It’s a strange feeling. It’s very exciting,” says the showbiz. “I never had that feeling before.”
And the entertainment? “It’s very different,” he says. “Everyone has been nice. All my life I have met people who are not so nice, so this is a new experience.”
Meeting celebrities is a kick – even when he does not know who they are. But none of them come close to Sinatra. “He was the best.”
Talk shows money? That’s the sauce. “I have a police pension and Social Security, which is enough for me to live,” he says. Furthermore, “Jimmy is having a great opportunity for me. I have confidence he has. Maybe he sees something that they do not.”
Then again, Uncle Frank, he admits, Kimmel has always been the surprise of the family.
“We had no idea he had the desire to go that far. Everything just sort of happened.”
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