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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 December 1913San Francisco, California, USA
Date of Death 27 July 2012Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameAlvin Morris
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born Alvin Morris, the son of immigrants from Poland, Tony Martin received a soprano saxophone on his tenth birthday. In his grammar school glee club, he became an instrumentalist and soprano pop singer. When in high school, he then formed his first band called "The Red Peppers", eventually joining a local orchestra leader, Tom Gerun, as a reed instrument specialist, sitting along with a future band leader, Woody Herman.

In the mid-1930s, Martin left Gerun to go to Hollywood, where he would go under his stage name, "Tony Martin". in 1937, Martin married Alice Faye. After their divorce, he married Cyd Charisse in 1948 - a marriage which lasted sixty years.

Martin starred in hit movies such as Follow the Fleet (1936), The Farmer in the Dell (1936), Pigskin Parade (1936), The Holy Terror (1937), Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937), The Big Store (1941), Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), Casbah (1948), Clash by Night (1952), where he is heard on the soundtrack singing "I Hear A Rhapsody", and Hit the Deck (1955). His numerous signature standard hits include "Kiss Of Fire", "I Get Ideas", "Some Day", "Fools Rush In" and "There's No Tomorrow", for which he is possibly best remembered. From 1954-56, he hosted a weekly 15 minute variety series on NBC-TV. Over the next 40 years, he was a guest on the TV variety series of Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, Milton Berle, Merv Griffin, Dean Martin, Nat 'King' Cole, David Frost, Barbara McNair, Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan. He has had many TV acting roles, as well.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rocknrollunderdawg/efffee@aol.com

Spouse (2)

Cyd Charisse (15 May 1948 - 17 June 2008) (her death) (1 child)
Alice Faye (4 September 1937 - 26 March 1941) (divorced)

Trivia (17)

Classic pop singer and occasional actor (Hit the Deck (1955), Here Come the Girls (1953), Casbah (1948)) whose career peaked in the 1950s. His biggest hit was "There's No Tomorrow" (RCA Victor, 1950), which was adapted from the traditional Neapolitan ballad "O Solo Mio" (Elvis Presley later had one of the biggest hits of his career by adapting the same song as "It's Now or Never"). Happily married for sixty years to actress/dancer Cyd Charisse.
Very early in his career, he was a sax player, under his real name of Al Morris, in an orchestra headed by Tom Gerun. Among the other orchestra members were unknowns (at the time) Woody Herman and singer Ginny Simms.
One son with his second wife, Cyd Charisse: Tony Martin Jr. He adopted Charisse's son Nicholas from her first marriage.
Son Tony Martin Jr. (born on August 28, 1950) died in April 2011, and was survived by Liv Lindeland-Martin, his wife of almost 30 years, father Tony Martin, Sr. and half-brother Nico Charisse.
His first hit record was "Now it Can Be Told" (1938), a song by Irving Berlin from the film Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938). It was sung on-screen by his then-wife Alice Faye.
There was a misunderstanding that led to his discharge from the Navy during World War II, and even though he had served honorably, there were false rumors that he had tried to 'buy' an officer's commission. As a result even after the war, some major labels refused to record him. He finished up the war in the Army, winning a Bronze Star as a noncombatant in the Far East.
He was awarded 4 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6331 Hollywood Boulevard, for Motion Pictures at 6436 Hollywood Boulevard; for Radio at 1760 Vine Street; and for Television at 1725 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Tony was at a Friar's Club Roast for Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz in November, 1958, when Harry Parke, having just completed his comedy routine and returning to his seat, collapsed into Milton Berle's lap. Berle, hoping to divert the audience from Harry's distress, urged Tony to sing something. His unfortunate song choice was "There's No Tomorrow." Parke died of a heart attack.
He appeared in more than 30 films.
Twice, songs sung on screen by Martin received Academy Award nominations: "For Every Man There's a Woman" from Casbah (1948) and "It's a Blue World" from the 1940 film, Music in My Heart (1940).
His parents, Edward and Hattie Morris, were Jewish immigrants from Poland who divorced when he was young, and he considered his stepfather, tailor Myer Myers, his father.
Growing up in Oakland, Calif., he took up the saxophone after his grandmother gave him one when he was 10.
In high school, he formed his first band and after graduating spent about two years at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., but left to pursue music.
For several years, he played and sang with bands in the San Francisco area, including the Tom Gerun Orchestra.
His parents wanted him to be a lawyer. He briefly attended St. Mary's, a Christian Brothers college, CA. He says he left college in 1931 when "one of the brothers told me I was flunking everything and should stick to music.".
In 1954, on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" hosted by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, he appeared with singer/comedian Joe E. Lewis, who was later portrayed by Frank Sinatra in the film bio, The Joker Is Wild (1957). When the show's announcer first introduced "Martin and Lewis", that evening, Tony and Joe E. came on stage, instead.
He lived longer than both of his wives. His first wife, Alice Faye who he was divorced from in 1941, died in 1998, and his second wife, Cyd Charisse, who he remained married to until her death in 2008, while he died in 2012, age 98.

Personal Quotes (4)

The war and all my service-connected problems did me one good turn. When I came out I was pretty humble. I had been chopped down to size.
[on Cyd Charisse] She stepped out of a dream.
[on being Alice Faye's husband] To many people around town, I was Mr. Alice Faye.
I think I sound like a fella who's always making a plea through his music. Sort of a plea of sincerity.

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