Shortly after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1980, Bobby Poynton decided to leave the security of his suburban Chicago home and head to Hollywood, CA to become an actor. With $500, a beat up sports car, and his Dad’s gas credit card in hand, he began his journey to pursue his dream.
Over the years, the acting roles were there for the taking but the “fame and fortune” Bobby had sought proved to be elusive. Work on such shows as Days of Our Lives, Jake and the Fatman, Life Goes On, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Sentinel, Touched by an Angel, Viper, Promised Land, and Walker: Texas Ranger – as well as numerous theatrical credits – all served to keep the dream alive, but were never enough.
In 1988, Bobby responded to an opportunity to audition for an “internationally known” recording group that was seeking an attractive male vocalist with a tenor voice, falsetto, and who was at least 6 feet tall. The tenor voice used to be there when he was in college, so he figured he would wear boots for the height and hope the room was dark enough for the rest. The result was an invitation to become the newest member of The Lettermen.
Bobby recorded six albums with The Lettermen and performed in excess of one thousand concerts, television, and radio shows around the world. In 1995 Bobby decided to leave the road for a while and put all his efforts into raising his family. In 2001, he once again began touring the country, this time as a member of the legends of doo-wop, The Diamonds – the group who originated the hit “Little Darlin’”.
In 2002, the soundtrack for the animated film The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina included Bobby’s duet with Jennifer Love Hewitt. And in 2010, Bobby was delighted to be invited to take the stage for a night with the legendary group, The Vogues. Bobby recently returned to The Lettermen.
After more than thirty years in show business, Bobby has finally come to the realization that the “fame and fortune” he had so fervently sought was nowhere near as important or rewarding as the “fame” he had in his own family as a big brother or the “fortune of the heart” he receives daily from his wife Beth, son Robert V. and daughter Callie at their home in Illinois.