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
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
- At 16, Dean Martin was a welterweight boxer who compiled a record of 25-11.
- Although 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv) often made out to be the short guy in his act, he was actually taller than Martin.
- 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.
- His parents were Gaetano and Angella Crocetti. Although born in Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age 5.
- Nephew of actor/comedian 'Leonard Barr (I)' (qv).
- Grandfather of 'Alexander Martin (I)' (qv).