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.
- Despite the legend that he and comedy partner 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv) always despised each other, the two were actually quite close friends and the tension between the two began in 1956, when "outside people" (as Lewis called them to 'Peter Bogdanovich' (qv)) began to "poison" Martin against Lewis. 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) eventually staged a public reunion over 20 years after they stopped speaking to each other. Over the next 10 years they became close again.
- Grandfather of 'Alexander Martin (I)' (qv).
- Has 8 children: Stephen Craig Martin (b. June 29th 1942), 'Claudia Martin (I)' (qv) (b. March 16th 1944 - died 2001 (breast cancer), Barbara Martin (b. April 11th 1945 and 'Deana Martin (I)' (qv) (b. August 19th 1948) with first wife Elizabeth McDonald. 'Dean Paul Martin' (qv) (b. November 17th 1951 - died March 21st 1987 (plane crash), 'Ricci Martin' (qv) (b. September 20th 1953) and Gina Caroline Martin (b. December 20th 1956) with second wife 'Jeanne Martin' (qv) and adopted daughter Sasha with third wife Catherine Hawn.
- At 16, Dean Martin was a welterweight boxer who compiled a record of 25-11.
- 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.
- Dean's TV career began in 1950 with The Martin & Lewis Show on The Colgate Comedy Hour, which ran through 1955. He hosted various other shows before reluctantly taking the 1965 gig which turned into a 19-year success under various names.
- His parents were Gaetano and Angella Crocetti. Although born in Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age 5.
- Has a street named after him in San Antonio, Texas.