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Wayne Newton Wayne Newton during his USO show at the Patriotic Festival on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Background information Birth name Carson Wayne Newton Also known as Mr. Las Vegas Born April 3, 1942 (1942-04-03) (age 65) Origin Roanoke, Virginia United States Occupation(s) Singer, actor Years active 1962 - present Website www.waynenewton.com Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942, in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed over 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years, earning him the nickname Mr. Las Vegas. His best known songs include the kitschy "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" (1972), "Years" (1980) [3], and his signature song, "Danke Schoen" (1963). Early life Newton was born in Roanoke, Virginia, the half-Native American son of an auto mechanic. (His father was Irish-Powhatan and his mother German-Cherokee.) Newton was active in show business at an early age. He learned the piano, guitar, and steel guitar at the age of six. Along with his older brother Jerry Newton, he appeared with the Grand Ole Opry roadshows, performed for President Harry S. Truman, and auditioned unsuccessfully for Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour. Wayne's severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1952. In the spring of 1958, toward the end of Wayne's junior year in high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw a local TV show on which the two Newton brothers were performing and took them back with him for an audition. Originally signed for two weeks, the two brothers eventually performed for five years, doing six shows a day. Las Vegas Newton achieved nationwide recognition on September 29, 1962, when he and his brother performed on The Jackie Gleason Show. He would perform on Gleason's show 12 times over the following two years. Many other entertainment icons such as Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns, and Jack Benny lent Newton their support. In particular, Benny hired Newton as an opening act for his show. After his job with Benny ended, Newton was offered a job to open for another comic at the Flamingo Hotel, but Newton asked for, and was given, a headline act. From 1980 to 1982 Newton was part owner of the Aladdin Hotel, in a partnership that lead to a number of lawsuits and a failed attempt by Newton to purchase the entire hotel in 1983.[4] In 1994, Newton performed his 25,000th solo show in Las Vegas. In 1999, Newton signed a 10-year deal with the Stardust, calling for him to perform there 40 weeks out of the year for six shows a week in a showroom named after him. In 2005, in preparation for the eventual demolition of the casino, the deal was, from all reports, amicably terminated; Newton began a 30-show stint that summer at the Hilton. In 2001, Newton succeeded Bob Hope as Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle. In January 2005, Newton started a reality television show on E! called The Entertainer. The winner got a spot in his act, plus a headlining act of their own for a year. And recently during player introductions at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, Newton sang Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas." Newton is currently performing with a full band at casinos and major venues throughout 2007 across the United States. Newton will be the Grand Marshall of the 80th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia, May 1st through May 7th, 2007.[5] He cancelled a sold-out show to join the Festival. Quotes about Newton "Advertisements throughout the airport showed enormous pictures of Newton, microphone in hand, as he performed at the Aladdin Hotel. A taxi ride into the city required driving on Wayne Newton Boulevard. If a visitor was very lucky, his driver might tell him that his arrival date coincided with the celebration by the people of Las Vegas of Wayne Newton Day. And if one asked the driver what he thought of Wayne Newton (as I always did), the answer was invariably positive. Newton was good for tourism, one was told; he was good for taxi drivers, too, having entertained many of them for free at various points during his entertainment reign in Las Vegas. More important, Newton was the embodiment of Las Vegas, its ambassador to the world." Floyd Abrams, on arriving in 1986 into Las Vegas to represent the National Broadcasting Company against Wayne Newton in a famous libel suit.[1] Filmography 80 Steps to Jonah (1969) Licence to Kill (1989) The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) The Dark Backward (1991) Best of the Best 2 (1993) Night of the Running Man (1994) National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (1997) Ocean's Eleven (2001) (Cameo) Who's Your Daddy? (2003) According to Jim (2003) (Cameo) Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) (Cameo) Smokin' Aces (2006) (Cameo) In 1991 he played opposing counsel in an Episode of L.A. Law In 1990 he made a special Guest Appearance in an Episode of Full House entitled "Viva Las Joey". He made several Guest Appearances in the TV series Las Vegas Family In 1968 Newton married Elaine Okamura, and they had one daughter before divorcing in 1985. Newton's brother, Jerry, was the best man at the wedding. But within a year, the two were estranged, a situation that continued for more than three decades. Jerry did a prison term for bank fraud. In 1994 Newton married the former Kathleen McCrone, a lawyer from Rocky River, Ohio. The couple has one daughter, born in 2002. Finances In 1992 Newton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize an estimated $20 million in debts, including a $341,000 Internal Revenue Service lien for back taxes. By 1999 he was financially well off again.[2] In August 2005, the IRS filed a lawsuit against Newton, alleging that he and his wife owed more than $1.8 million in taxes and penalties. One of Newton's tax lawyers disputed that, saying, "We believe the IRS owes him money."[3] Namesakes The road serving the main terminal of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is named Wayne Newton Boulevard. The End If you want to have other Bios on this site... ...please do not hesitate, Email me at comment.b@hotmail.com! Thank You! Copyright 2007 Contact

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