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Overview (5)

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, California, USA  (lung cancer and respiratory failure)
Birth NameDino Paul Crocetti
Nicknames Dino
King Leer
The King of Cool
The Boy with the Tall, Dark and Handsome Voice
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, to Gaetano Alfonso "Guy" Crocetti, an Italian immigrant and barber, and his Ohio-born wife, Angela (Barra) Crocetti. He spoke only Italian until age five. Martin came up the hard way, with such jobs as a boxer ("Kid Crochet"), a steel mill worker, a gas station worker and a casino croupier/dealer. In 1946, Martin got his first ticket to stardom, as he teamed up with another hard worker who was also trying to succeed in Hollywood: Jerry Lewis. Films such as At War with the Army (1950) sent the team toward super-stardom. The duo were to become one of Hollywood's truly great teams. They lasted 11 years together, and starred in 16 movies. They were unstoppable, but personality conflicts broke up the team. Even without Lewis, Martin was a true superstar.

Few thought that Martin would go on to achieve solo success, but he did, winning critical acclaim for his role in The Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, and Some Came Running (1958), with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. Movies such as Rio Bravo (1959) brought him international fame. One of his best remembered films is in Ocean's 11 (1960), in which he played Sam Harmon alongside the other members of the legendary Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Martin proved potent at the box office through 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. During much of the 1960s and 1970s, his film 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 played a phony priest in The Cannonball Run (1981).

In 1965, Martin explored a new method for entertaining his fans: Television. That year he hosted one of the most successful TV series in history: The Dean Martin Show (1965), which lasted until 1973. In 1965, it won a Golden Globe Award. In 1973, he renamed it "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour", and from 1974 to 1984 it was renamed again, this time "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts". It became one of the most successful TV series in history, skewering such greats as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, James Stewart, George Burns, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, and Joe Namath.

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. After the 1980s, Martin took it easy until his son, Dean Paul Martin, was killed in a plane crash in March 1987.

Devastated by the loss, from which he never recovered, he walked out on a reunion tour with Sinatra and Davis. Martin spent his final years in solitude, out of the public light. A heavy smoker most of his life, Martin died on Christmas Day 1995 at age 78 from complications to lung cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: deanmartin101

Family (2)

Spouse Catherine Hawn (25 April 1973 - 24 February 1976)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Jeanne Martin (1 September 1949 - 29 March 1973)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Elizabeth Anne McDonald (2 October 1941 - 23 March 1949)  (divorced)  (4 children)
Parents Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti
Angelina Barra

Trade Mark (4)

Rich smooth voice with Ohio accent
Cigarette and a glass of alcohol whenever he was doing his nightclub acts
Frequently worked with Jerry Lewis and members of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr.)
Usually wore lifts in his films and on his television show

Trivia (63)

His son, Dean Paul Martin (Dino), was killed in a plane crash on March 21, 1987.
Member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All appeared in Ocean's 11 (1960).
Grandfather of Alexander Martin.
Following his death, he was interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
His parents were Gaetano and Angella Crocetti. Although born in Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age 5.
Had a fear of elevators and a love of comic books, which he read his entire life.
Described his career as a boxer as follows: "I won all but 11 fights." When asked how many he had fought, he would reply, "A dozen." In reality he fought 36 bouts and won 25 of them under the name Dino Crocetti. He reportedly fought under the nickname Kid Crochet, although no records of fights have been found under that name.
Passed away exactly 29 years to the day (12/25/95) after his mother, Angela Crocetti (12/25/66).
Nephew of Leonard Barr.
Rumors circulated for years that much of the "booze" he drank on stage during his famous "Rat Pack" performances was really apple juice. Son Dean Paul Martin confirmed these rumors after the variety show ended production, stating that his father could not have performed if he had really drank that much liquor.
Father-in-law of Carole Costello. She was married to Craig Martin, his oldest son, and was the daughter of Lou Costello.
From 1973-84, he was the host of the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts". In one of the most classic television series of all time, he and his panel of actors and comics would shower the guest of honor with insults. This series contained the most famous names in the history of entertainment, such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, George Burns, James Stewart, Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Gene Kelly, Don Rickles, Rich Little, John Wayne and Foster Brooks.
In 1950, his television career began with "The Martin & Lewis Show" on The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950), 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.
One of few actors who have received not just one, but three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Boulevard, one for Television at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard, and a third for his recording career.
Underwent rhinoplasty when he was 27 years old.
Son-in-law was Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys (married to Dean's daughter Gina Martin).
Has a street named after him in San Antonio, Texas.
"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"--his biggest hit song--is etched on his tombstone.
He and Frank Sinatra were best friends, a fact he held very dear to his heart. The two did not speak much in the years after Dean quit the "Rat Pack Reunion" tour, although they did reconcile a few months before his death over dinner and a bread roll fight.
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.
He and former wife Jeanne Martin 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, and with his parents.
His style of singing was initially influenced by Harry Mills of The Mills Brothers.
When 20th Century-Fox fired Marilyn Monroe as his co-star in Something's Got to Give (1962) and then attempted to replace her with Lee Remick, he reminded the studio that he had contractual approval of his co-star, and refused to continue the project without Monroe. His act of loyalty eventually got Marilyn rehired, but she died of a drug overdose before shooting on this never-finished film could resume. Nine hours of largely unseen footage from the film remained in the vaults at 20th Century Fox until 1999. The film was then edited to include some of the unseen footage, wherever feasible and digitally restored, as a 37-minute film. After 39 years, it finally premiered on Cable TV's "American Movie Classics", on June 1, 2001. It is available on DVD.
Although he had almost 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts between 1951-68, only three went to #1: "That's Amore" (Capitol: 1953), "Memories Are Made of This" (Capitol: 1956), and his theme song, "Everybody Loves Somebody" (Reprise: 1964).
Despite the legend that he and comedy partner Jerry Lewis always despised each other, the two were actually quite close friends and the tension between the two began in 1956, when "outside people" (as Lewis called them to Peter Bogdanovich) began to "poison" Martin against Lewis. Frank Sinatra eventually staged a public reunion over 20 years later, during a 1976 MDA telethon that Jerry was hosting. However, they did reunite twice, briefly, during that 20-year hiatus. In 1958 they appeared together as surprise guests on "The Joey Bishop Show" and in 1960 they appeared together on stage at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas where they did a duet of "Come Back to Me". Over the next ten years, following their 1970s reunion, they became close again.
He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio.
Following his diagnosis of lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center on 9/16/93, he finally quit smoking and even managed to perform briefly, and rather jauntily, at his 77th birthday celebration on 6/7/94. The following year, after the cancer had spread, 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.
In 1954, he and Jerry Lewis recorded a radio spot promoting "Tuck Tape", then a competing brand of "Scotch Tape" and noticing the recording tape for the commercial was still rolling, decided to improvise additional radio spots, with Jerry and Dean slipping profanities into his dialog. The unedited master recording was surreptitiously taken from the studio and made into a "bootleg" record that sold briskly among collectors.
Although he was a Republican, he supported Frank Sinatra's campaign to elect John F. Kennedy as President in 1960.
Had a nightclub in North Bay Village, Florida, in the late 1970s and early 1980s called Dino's. This was next to Jilly Rizzo's nightclub called Jilly's.
He declined to participate in the March on Washington in August 1963.
Was so distraught over the murder of his The Wrecking Crew (1968) co-star Sharon Tate on August 9, 1969, that he abandoned the next already-announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers"), and never played the character again.
Although he made out to be a heavy drinker on stage, he mostly used apple juice, but off stage was a Jack Daniels man.
Did not party all night with the rest of the "Rat Pack" crew, actually calling themselves "The Clan". He usually went to bed early so he could play golf the next morning. He was obsessed with golf, and once stated in an interview that he would have preferred to be a professional golfer than an entertainer.
At age 16, he was a welterweight boxer who compiled a record of 25-11.
In 1962, he 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 #1 hit in the United States for one week. It became the theme song for his television variety series, The Dean Martin Show (1965), which ran on NBC for eight years. Martin followed this with The Dean Martin Comedy World (1974), which ran from 1973-74. 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.
After being drafted into the United States Army and serving a stateside year (1944-45) in Akron, Ohio, during World War II, he was classified 4-F and was discharged.
Had eight children: Stephen Craig Martin (b. June 29, 1942), Claudia Martin (b. March 16, 1944 - died 2001 (breast cancer)), Barbara Martin (b. April 11, 1945) and Deana Martin (b. August 19, 1948) with first wife Elizabeth McDonald. Dean Paul Martin (b. November 17, 1951 - died March 21, 1987 (plane crash)), Ricci Martin (b. September 20, 1953) and Gina Martin (Gina Caroline Martin) (b. December 20, 1956) with second wife Jeanne Martin and adopted daughter Sasha Martin with third wife Catherine Hawn.
Although Jerry Lewis was often made out to be the short guy in their act, he was actually the same height as Martin and used to cut the heels off his shoes to achieve the effect.
His variety show contract was utterly remarkable in how little he was required to participate. He felt he performed better cold and took notice of Fred MacMurray's long-standing 65-day "on the set" contract for producer Don Fedderson for My Three Sons (1960). He succeeded in reaching a new plateau on that one by only being 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). 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.
Godfather of Tori Spelling.
He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Boulevard; for Recording at 1617 Vine Street; and for Television at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Once employed as a steelworker.
Posthumously inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame (2001).
Although his official height was 5' 11", many people who knew him said he wore lifts and his real height was either 5' 8" or 5' 9". He once claimed to be 6' 1" in an interview.
Growing up in Steubenville, Ohio, he was childhood friends with famous gambler and sports handicapper, Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder (the two appeared together onscreen in The Cannonball Run (1981)). Like Snyder, Martin began his early career hanging around Steubenville's notorious gambling dens.
His third wife Cathy was the daughter of professional baseball player Jim Baxes, and sister of James Coleman.
In a telegram sent to his friend Elvis Presley he wrote, "Dear Elvis, if you can't handle The Beatles, I'll do it for us. June 1964".
Was a newspaper carrier in his younger days.
In his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995), Charlton Heston wrote that Frank Sinatra would not allow Martin to perform at the inaugural ball for Ronald Reagan's first inauguration as President of the US, because Martin was too drunk.
A major supporter of Israel, he performed concerts to raise funds for the Bergson Group, a Zionist Revisionist underground movement based in Palestine during the 1940s.
Suffered from emphysema for the last 20 years of his life.
He and comedy partner Jerry Lewis were in 17 feature films together: My Friend Irma (1949), My Friend Irma Goes West (1950), At War with the Army (1950), That's My Boy (1951), The Stooge (1951), Sailor Beware (1952), Jumping Jacks (1952), Road to Bali (1952), Scared Stiff (1953), The Caddy (1953), Money from Home (1953), Living It Up (1954), 3 Ring Circus (1954), You're Never Too Young (1955), Artists and Models (1955), Pardners (1956) and Hollywood or Bust (1956).
Was in a long-time relationship with Phyllis Davis in the 1970s.
After his "breakup" with Jerry Lewis in the mid-1950s, he was widely pegged as the likelier of the two to see his career take a serious downturn. Instead, he proved a durable box-office draw throughout the 1960s, continued to have chart-ranking hit songs and eventually hosted an eponymous variety show that was one of NBC's highest rated series.
Many critics felt his singing voice steadily deteriorated after the mid-1970s, largely due to his chain smoking. However, he continued to perform until 1991, despite needing oxygen.
Has appeared in one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Rio Bravo (1959).
Suffered from depression through his adult life and was treated for prostate cancer in later life.
He was a lifelong supporter of the Republican Party, although he supported the Kennedy campaign in 1960 in order to show solidarity with the other members of the Rat Pack.
He was a chain smoker by the time he was age 16. He continued to smoke cigarettes until he was age 76, despite clearly showing signs of COPD by his early sixties.
On account of his support for the Bergson Group, he was booed and heckled by the audience when he performed with Jerry Lewis at the London Palladium.
On account of his unfavorable reception in the United Kingdom, he did not return to perform there until the early 1980s, by which time many critics felt his singing voice was gone.

Personal Quotes (27)

If people want to think I get drunk and stay out all night, let 'em. That's how I got here, you know.
I've got seven kids. The three words you hear most around my house are "Hello", "Goodbye" and "I'm pregnant".
[to critics who complained that he joked his way through songs during concert and nightclub appearances] You wanna hear it straight, buy the album.
[upon filing for divorce from his second wife] I know it's the gentlemanly thing to let the wife file. But, then, everybody knows I'm no gentleman.
I drink because my body craves, needs alcohol. I don't drink, my body's a drunk.
[on Joey Bishop] Most people think of [him] as just a replacement for Johnny Carson. That's NOT true. We in show business know better: we don't think of him at ALL.
[on Phyllis Diller] Phyllis is the woman of about whom Pablo Picasso once said, "Somebody throw a drop cloth over that."
[on Frank Sinatra] In high school, Frank never participated in extra-curricular activities, like nature study, paintings or ceramics. Frank's hobby was a most interesting one: he was an amateur gynecologist.
[on James Stewart] There's a statue of Jimmy Stewart in the Hollywood Wax Museum, and the statue talks better than he does.
[on Orson Welles] What can you say about Orson Welles that Don Rickles hasn't already said about him?!
[on Bob Hope] As a young boy, Bob didn't have much to say. He couldn't afford writers then.
[on Don Rickles] Don's idea of a fun evening is to show home movies of the attack on Pearl Harbor...with a laugh track.
[on Johnny Carson] Johnny Carson is a comedian who is seen every night in millions of bedrooms all over America...and that's why his last wife left him.
[on Milton Berle] Milton Berle is an inspiration to every young person that wants to get into show business. Hard work, perseverance, and discipline: all the things you need . . . when you have no talent.
[on his teetotaling friend Pat Boone] I once shook hands with Pat Boone, and my whole right side sobered up!
I'd hate to be a teetotaler. Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that's as good as you're going to feel all day.
I can't stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work. It's easy work. Anyone who says it isn't never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack.
Motivation is a lotta crap.
[on The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)] Someone else, would have laid around, feeling sorry for himself, for a year. But Duke, he just doesn't know, how to be sick . . . he's recuperating the hard way. He's two loud speaking guys in one. Me, when people see me, they sometimes say, "Oh, there goes Perry Como." But there's only one John Wayne, and nobody makes any mistakes about that.
[on Shirley MacLaine] Shirley, I love her, but her oars aren't touching the water these days.
[on Eddie Fisher] The reason I drink is because, when I'm sober, I think I'm Eddie Fisher.
[on Frank Sinatra] When he dies, they're giving his zipper to the Smithsonian.
[on Jerry Lewis] At some point he said to himself, "I'm extraordinary, like Jerry Lewis." From then on, nobody could tell him anything. He knew it all.
[in 1964, upon introducing The Rolling Stones on ABC 's The Hollywood Palace (1964)] I've been rolled when I was stoned.
The whole world is drunk and we're just the cocktail of the moment. Someday soon, the world will wake up, down two aspirin with a glass of tomato juice, and wonder what the hell all the fuss was all about.
[on Bette Davis] Bette made Warner Bros. what it is today, broke.
[Introducing Caitlyn Jenner at the 1979 celebrity roast of Joe Namath] What a man. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bruce Jenner.

Salary (4)

The Young Lions (1958) $35,000
All in a Night's Work (1961) $250,000
Ada (1961) $300,000
Airport (1970) $7,000,000

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