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

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 - 5 Card Stud
1968 - Bandolero!
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 - Road to Bali
1952 - Sailor Beware
1952 - Jumping Jacks

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Frank Howell
2
Himself
2
Himself - Guest
2
Himself - Guest
1
Himself
1
Gurd Canliss
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:
  • 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.
  • Died exactly 29 years to the day (25 December 1995) after his mother, Angela Crocetti (25 December 1966).
  • Godfather of 'Tori Spelling' (qv).
  • Martin's variety show contract was utterly remarkable in how little he was required to participate. Martin felt he performed better cold and took notice of 'Fred MacMurray' (qv)'s long-standing 65-day "on the set" contract for producer Don Fedderson for My Three Sons. He succeeded in reaching a new plateau on that one by only be contractually required to appear on the set during the taping. All guest stars, no matter how "big" were required to rehearse with stand-ins (see 'Greg Garrison (I)' (qv)). As a result, Martin would often happily flub his lines, to the delight of his audience. More often than not, he'd leave the stage and be seen driving off the studio lot in his sports car before taping concluded.
  • 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).
  • Son-in-law was the late 'Carl Wilson (I)' (qv) of 'The Beach Boys' (qv) (married to Dean's daughter Gina).
  • He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv)'s funeral by 'Joe DiMaggio (I)' (qv)
  • 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.


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