As Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday approaches — he was born Dec. 12, 1915 — we take a look at a couple of times he was in Tucson to work on movies.

The attached story talks about the making of "Cannonball Run II" in 1983, in which Sinatra was one of an ensemble cast of big-name stars.

Another movie he made her was "Dirty Dingus Magee" in 1970.

From the Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 23, 1970:

Rehearsals For New Film Start Today

Sinatra Arrives In Tucson

Frank Sinatra arrived in Tucson early last night to begin filming the title role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Dirty Dingus Magee."

Sinatra was immediately taken by helicopter from Tucson International Airport to a downtown hotel and was not available for comment.

Bob Yeager, public relations director for the film, said the star will begin rehearsals for his part today, and filming will begin soon after that. Sinatra is expected to be in Arizona for about three weeks.

The location for the movie is "Yerkey's Hole," a town built by MGM specifically for the movie. The movie town is located about 10 miles north of Benson.

On the $200,000 set are a mortuary, stables and "Belle's Brothel," a $70,000 building itself. Filming will be in both "Yerkey's Hole" and Old Tucson.

Approximately 50 local men have been selected to play parts of Cavalry soldiers, and 50 Papagos from various Arizona reservations have been hired to play Indian roles.

Construction of the set was completed earlier this month.

Sinatra will live in Tucson during the filming of his part in the movie, Yeager said.

Tucsonans were probably keeping alert at restaurants in hopes of catching a glimpse of the actor.