78 (passed away Dec. 25th, 1995)
Jun. 7th, 1917
Steubenville, Ohio, USA
5' 11 1/2
Dean Martin's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- Father in law of 'Carole Costello (I)' (qv). She was married to Craig Martin, his oldest son & was the daughter of 'Lou Costello (I)' (qv).
- His style of singing was initially influenced by 'Harry Mills' (qv) of 'The Mills Brothers' (qv).
- Starred (with 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv)) on NBC Radio's "The Martin and Lewis Show" (1949-1953).
- Dean was so distraught over the murder of his _The Wrecking Crew (1968)_ (qv) co-star and friend 'Sharon Tate (I)' (qv) that he abandoned the next already-announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers"), and never played the character again.
- Martin did not party all night with the rest of the "Rat Pack" crew - actually calling themselves "The Clan". He usually went to bed early so he could play golf the next morning. He was obsessed with golf, and once stated in an interview that he would have preferred to be a professional golfer than an entertainer.
- 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 declined to participate in the March on Washington in August 1963.
- Following his diagnosis of lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center on 16 September 1993, Martin finally quit smoking and even managed to perform briefly, and rather jauntily, at his 77th birthday celebration in June 1994. He declined to have major surgery on his liver and kidneys which doctors told him was necessary to prolong his life, and succumbed to respiratory failure on Christmas Day 1995.