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Dean Martin

Dean Martin

"Dino Paul Crocetti"

D.O.B.: June 7, 1917 (Steubenville, OH)

D.O.D.: December 25, 1995 (Beverly Hills, CA)

Cause of Death: Acute Respiratory failure

Location: Westwood Memorial; Sanctuary of Love

Biographical Notes:

Sammy Watkins, a Cleveland bandleader "discovered" Dino and made him change his name to Dean Martin. He featured Martin as the band's lead vocalist. The gigs got bigger, and by 1943 Dean had a recording contract with MCA.

Dean Martin teamed up with Jerry Lewis in 1946 to perform comedy act that found its way onto TV. He was the straight man to Jerry Lewis's clown.

Martin and Lewis were an immediate sensation. The partnership did have its share of conflicts. Although many doubted Martin could make it on his own without the fanatical intensity of Lewis driving him, he won critical acclaim in films like "The Young Lions" (1958) and "Rio Bravo" (1959).

After the TV variety show ended Martin started acting in movies. Later he became a member of the "Rat Pack" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

While hanging out with the "Rat Pack" ,in 1964, he did make a great movie, "Kiss Me Stupid" where Martin poked fun at his own image.

Appeared in:

"Cannonball Run II" (1984) Movie

"Cannonball Run" (1981) Movie

"Airport" (1970) Movie

"Kiss Me, Stupid" (1964) Movie

"Something's got To Give" (1962) Movie

 

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