Dean Martin

Dean Martin

Age
78 (passed away Dec. 25th, 1995)
Birthday
Jun. 7th, 1917
Born in
Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Height
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

2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
1985 - That's Dancing!
1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1984 - Cannonball Run II
1981 - The Cannonball Run
1970 - Airport
1969 - The Wrecking Crew
1968 - Bandolero!
1968 - 5 Card Stud
1967 - Mondo Hollywood
1967 - The Ambushers
1966 - The Silencers
1965 - The Sons of Katie Elder
1964 - What A Way to Go!
1964 - Robin and the 7 Hoods
1963 - 4 for Texas
1962 - The Road to Hong Kong
1962 - Something's Got to Give
1962 - Sergeants 3
1960 - Ocean's Eleven
1960 - Bells Are Ringing
1959 - Rio Bravo
1958 - The Young Lions
1956 - Pardners
1956 - Hollywood or Bust
1955 - Artists and Models
1953 - The Caddy
1953 - Scared Stiff
1952 - Jumping Jacks
1952 - Sailor Beware
1952 - Road to Bali

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
1
Frank Howell
1
Gurd Canliss
1
Unnamed Las Vegas Gambler
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • 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.
  • His son, 'Dean Paul Martin' (qv) (Dino), was killed in a plane crash in March 1987.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • His friends often described him as easygoing and good natured, loving to laugh and make others laugh. They also said that he was sometimes quiet and liked to spend time alone, and that they seldom knew what he was thinking.
  • In 1962, Martin left Capitol Records and signed with Reprise, the label started and owned by Frank Sinatra. In 1964, he recorded his blockbuster hit, "Everybody Loves Somebody", which beat the Beatles to become the No. 1 hit in America for one week. It became the theme song for his television variety series, _"The Dean Martin Show" (1965)_ (qv), which ran on NBC for eight years. Martin followed this with _"The Dean Martin Comedy World" (1974)_ (qv), which ran from 1973 to 1974. An indelible part of Martin's television shtick was his comedic portrayal of life as a lush, which many viewers never realized was just an act.
  • Godfather of 'Tori Spelling' (qv).
  • Although he made out to be a heavy drinker on stage, he mostly used apple juice, but off stage was a Jack Daniels man.


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