Dean Martin

Dean Martin

78 (passed away Dec. 25th, 1995)
Jun. 7th, 1917
Born in
Steubenville, Ohio, USA
5' 11 1/2

Dean Martin's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Dean Martin Show TV Show
The Dean Martin Show
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast TV Show
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast
The Colgate Comedy Hour TV Show
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Person To Person TV Show
Person To Person
The Dean Martin Comedy World TV Show
The Dean Martin Comedy World
Half Nelson TV Show
Half Nelson

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Love, Marilyn
2012 - Not Fade Away
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2004 - Mayor of the Sunset Strip
1995 - Get Shorty
1984 - Cannonball Run II
1981 - The Cannonball Run
1970 - Airport
1968 - Bandolero!
1968 - 5 Card Stud
1967 - Mondo Hollywood
1967 - The Ambushers
1966 - The Silencers
1965 - The Sons of Katie Elder
1964 - Robin and the 7 Hoods
1963 - 4 for Texas
1962 - Something's Got to Give
1962 - Sergeants 3
1962 - The Road to Hong Kong
1960 - Bells Are Ringing
1960 - Ocean's Eleven
1959 - Rio Bravo
1958 - The Young Lions
1956 - Pardners
1956 - Hollywood or Bust
1956 - Pardners
1955 - Artists and Models
1953 - Scared Stiff
1953 - The Caddy
1952 - Jumping Jacks
1952 - Road to Bali
1952 - Sailor Beware

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Frank Howell
Himself - Guest
Himself - Cameo
Himself - Guest
Gurd Canliss
Himself - Guest
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Though best known for the 51 films he made, Dean Martin was a prizefighter, steel mill laborer, gas station attendant and card shark before seeing the first glimmer of fame. It came when he teamed up with comedian Jerry Lewis (I) in 1946. Films such as At War with the Army (1950) sent the team toward superstardom. After teaming with Lewis, Martin - born Dino Paul Crocetti - became a dramatic actor and the star of a long-running television variety show. Personality conflicts broke up the comedy duo in 1957. Few thought that Martin would go one to achieve solo success, but he did, winning critical acclaim for his role in The Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. A succession of films followed for the singer-actor, including Some Came Running (1958) with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. All would later be members of the "Rat Pack." Martin learned well and proved potent at the box office throughout the 1960s, with films such as Bells Are Ringing (1960) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), again with Rat Pack pals Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra. Rough Night in Jericho with George Peppard and Jean Simmons, 1967. During much of the 1960s and 1970s Martin's movie persona of a boozing playboy prompted a series of films as secret agent Matt Helm and his own television variety show. Airport (1970) followed, featuring Martin as a pilot. He also played a phony priest in The Cannonball Run (1981). His last public role was a return to the stage, for a cross-country concert tour with Davis and Sinatra. He spoke affectionately of his fellow Rat Packers. "The satisfaction that I get out of working with these two bums is that we have more laughs than the audience has", Martin said.

  • Born at 11:55pm-CST
  • His style of singing was initially influenced by 'Harry Mills' (qv) of 'The Mills Brothers' (qv).
  • He and 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) were best friends, a fact he held very dear to his heart. The two didn't speak much, in the years after Dean quit the "Rat Pack Reunion" tour, but they did reconcile a few months before his death, over dinner - and a breadroll fight.
  • Member of the "Rat Pack" with 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'Sammy Davis Jr.' (qv), 'Peter Lawford' (qv) and 'Joey Bishop (I)' (qv). All appeared in _Ocean's Eleven (1960)_ (qv).
  • He and 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv) recorded a radio spot promoting their film _The Caddy (1953)_ (qv), and noticing the tape was still rolling, decided to improvise additional radio spots, with Jerry slipping profanities into his dialog. The unedited master recording was surreptitiously taken from the studio and made into a "bootleg" record that sold briskly among collectors.
  • Much of the "booze" that he drank on stage during his famous "Rat Pack" performances was really apple juice. (Son 'Dean Paul Martin' (qv) spilled this secret, after the variety show ended production, stating that his father couldn't have performed if he'd really drunk that much liquor.)
  • At 16, Dean Martin was a welterweight boxer who compiled a record of 25-11.
  • Godfather of 'Tori Spelling' (qv).

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