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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- One of his favorite hobbies during his reclusive final years was watching westerns on television - the older the better.
- He and former wife 'Jeanne Martin' (qv) maintained a friendship after their divorce, and consulted each other on family matters. When his health declined, Jeanne encouraged him not to worry about facing death, and to look at it as the chance he longed for, to be reunited with their son 'Dean Paul Martin' (qv), and with his parents.
- Although he made out to be a heavy drinker on stage, he mostly used apple juice, but off stage was a Jack Daniels man.
- Son-in-law was the late 'Carl Wilson (I)' (qv) of 'The Beach Boys' (qv) (married to Dean's daughter Gina).