Robert Davi: Sinatra Music Transcends Politics

Oct 24, 2011 2:23pm

Actor Robert Davi is best known for his roles in movie classics “The Goonies,” “License to Kill,” and “Die Hard,” and as a voice actor in pro-Republican political ads, including the infamous “Demon Sheep” spot for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina of California.

Now Davi adds singer to his list of professional credits, with his first solo album, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, a man who he says tried to unite a politically-divided America through his music.

“It’s not just about Robert Davi wanting to do an album. But this music to me is crucial in bringing us all together in an optimistic way and it appeals to anyone from 10 to 80,” Davi told ABC News “Top Line.”  The album – “Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance” – was released today.

Frank Sinatra’s “mom Dolly was a tremendous Democrat, she spoke five different dialects of Italian, and he was a very staunch supporter and friend of FDR and continued through to Jack Kennedy,” he said. “Then later on in life, as what happens with a lot of people, they go from being a Democrat sometimes to a Conservative, and that’s the transition that Frank Sinatra had.”

“But one unifying principle in all of that is we all love America, and that’s the binding principle to this music,” said Davi.

Davi has been unabashed about his conservative political stripes, taping narration for videos used by the Republican National Committee and Republican political candidates. He said he got involved in campaigns, notably in the 2010 California U.S. Senate race, out of a sense of obligation to “change the direction of what’s happening.”

As for the 2012 presidential campaign, Davi said he hasn’t decided whether to back any of the candidates in the GOP field.

“I’m going to sing my butt off, and that’s for Republicans and Democrats,” he said.

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