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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 January 1922Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 24 May 2008Santa Monica, California, USA  (respiratory failure)
Birth NameThomas Richard Martin
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dick Martin, the comedian and television director who achieved TV immortality as the co-host of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) as the comic foil to straight man Dan Rowan, was born on January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan. The young Martin was a writer for the popular radio sit-com "Duffy's Tavern" before teaming up with Rowan in the 1950s. The duo achieved success playing the nightclub circuit and Las Vegas, leading to Martin's being cast in a recurring role on The Lucy Show (1962) as series start Lucille Ball's next door neighbor "Harry Conners" when Lucy's new series debuted in 1962, Martin remained as a regular on "Lucy" through the 1963-64 season.

As the success of their act increased, Rowan & Martin began making appearances on TV during the 1960s. In 1966, the duo were cast as the co-hosts for the The Dean Martin Summer Show (1966) on NBC. The following year, when NBC decided it wanted a new comic variety show that would have cross-generational appeal, producers Ed Friendly and George Schlatter hired Rowan & Martin to co-host a one-time special, "Laugh-In", that would serve as a pilot for the potential series. The special was a success, and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) debuted the following year. It was a smash hit, proving to be one of the top-rated shows of the late 1960s, and had a huge impact on American pop culture during the first years of its five-year run. The series was canceled in 1973.

In 1969, Rowan & Martin made an attempt to recapture the small-screen magic of "Laugh-In" on the big screen, but The Maltese Bippy (1969) was a flop. After the cancellation of their series, Rowan & Martin generally parted ways, professionally, as Dan Rowan was a diabetic and limited his work. Like Rowan, Martin became a frequent panelist on game shows such as Match Game 73 (1973). He also hosted the Mindreaders (1979) game show in 1979, but the show was not a success. Martin eventually launched a new career as a TV director, serving as the chief director of the 1980s sitcom, Newhart (1982).

On the personal front, Martin was most known for his two marriages to Playboy Playmate of the Year Dolly Read (1971-75; 1978-present). Martin's first wife was the former Peggy Connelly, by whom he had two sons, Richard Martin, Jr. and Cary Martin.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (3)

Dolly Read (11 May 1978 - 24 May 2008) (his death) (1 child)
Dolly Read (22 August 1971 - 1975) (divorced)
Peggy Connelly (13 November 1957 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

He was the partner of Dan Rowan who together formed the comedy team of Rowan and Martin.
Father of Richard Martin
Father-in-law of Kim Steer.
When he was taping five game show episodes in one day (such as the later years of Match Game 73 (1973)), he often didn't bother with the facade of changing his clothes for each show - he wore the same clothes throughout the taping, making it appear he was wearing the same outfit each day he appeared on the show.
Best-remembered by the public for working with Dan Rowan on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) (1967).
He lost use of one of his lungs from tuberculosis as a teenager. He used bottled oxygen the rest of his life.

Personal Quotes (3)

My life has been divided into three parts in the show-business world: nightclubs, television, and then I was a director for 30 years of television shows. And I think the most fun I ever had was nightclubs. I loved nightclubs.
On his nightclub years with Dan Rowan: "It had no real highs or lows, it was just straight-ahead work. I don't think we ever failed. We didn't zoom to stardom, but we always worked."
People are basically irreverent. They want to see sacred cows kicked over. You can't have Harry Belafonte on your show and not have him sing a song, but we did; we had him climbing out of a bathtub, just because it looked irreverent and silly. If a show hires Robert Goulet, pays him $7,500 or $10,000, they're going to want three songs out of him; we hire Robert Goulet, pay him $210 and drop him through a trap door.

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