Dean Martin

Lowest Rated: 0% Something Big (1971)
Birthday: Jun 7, 1917
Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Dean Martin found phenomenal success in almost every entertainment venue and, although suffering a few down times during his career, always managed to come out on top. During the '50s, he and partner Jerry Lewis formed one of the most popular comic film duos in filmdom. After splitting with Lewis, he was associated with the Hollywood's ultra-cool "Rat Pack" and came to be known as the chief deputy to the "Chairman of the Board," Frank Sinatra. Although initially a comic actor, Martin also proved himself in such dramas as The Young Lions (1958), more than holding his own opposite Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. He was also never above poking sly fun at his image as a smooth womanizer in such outings as the Matt Helm spy spoofs of the '60s. As a singer, Martin was, by his own admission, not the greatest baritone on earth, and made no bones about having copied the styles of Bing Crosby and Perry Como. He couldn't even read music, and yet recorded more than 100 albums and 500 songs, racking up major hits such as "That's Amore," "Volare," and his signature tune "Everybody Loves Somebody." Elvis Presley was said to have been influenced by him, and patterned "Love Me Tender" after his style. For three decades, Martin was among the most popular nightclub acts in Las Vegas. Although a smooth comic, he never wrote his own material. On television, Martin had a highly-rated, near-decade-long series; it was there that he perfected his famous laid-back persona of the half-soused crooner suavely hitting on beautiful women with sexist remarks that would get anyone else slapped, and making snappy, if not somewhat slurred, remarks about fellow celebrities during his famous roasts. Martin attributed his long-term TV popularity to the fact that he never put on airs or pretended to be anyone else on-stage, but that's not necessarily true. Those closest to him categorized him as a great enigma; for, despite all his exterior fame and easy-going charm, Martin was a complex, introverted soul and a loner. Even his closest friend, Frank Sinatra, only saw Martin once or twice per year. His private passions were golf, going to restaurants, and watching television. He loathed parties -- even when hosting them -- and would sometimes sneak off to bed without telling a soul. He once said in a 1978 interview for Esquire magazine, that, although he loved performing, particularly in nightclubs, if he had to do it over again he would be a professional golfer or baseball player. The son of a Steubenville, OH, barber, Martin (born Dine Crochets) dropped out of school in the tenth grade and took a string of odd jobs ranging from steel mill worker to bootlegger; at the age of 15, he was a 135-pound boxer who billed himself as "Kid Crocetti." It was from his prize-fighting years that he got a broken nose (it was later fixed), a permanently split lip, and his beat-up hands. For a time, he was involved with gambling as a roulette stickman and black jack croupier. At the same time, he practiced his singing with local bands. Billing himself as "Dino Martini," he got his first break working for the Ernie McKay Orchestra. A hernia got Martin out of the Army during WW II, and, with wife and children in tow, he worked for several bands throughout the early '40s, scoring more on looks and personality than vocal ability until he developed his own smooth singing style. Failing to achieve a screen test at MGM, Martin appeared permanently destined for the nightclub circuit until he met fledgling comic Jerry Lewis at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both men were performing. Martin and Lewis formed a fast friendship which led to their participating in each other's acts, and ultimately forming a music/comedy team. Martin and Lewis' official debut together occurred at Atlantic City's Club 500 on July 25, 1946, and club patrons throughout the East Coast were soon convulsed by the act, which consisted primarily of Lewis interrupting and heckling Martin while the he was trying

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Great Crooners Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry Actor 2007
No Score Yet Rat Pack - Most Famous Hits Actor 2006
No Score Yet Most Famous Hits - Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin Actor 2006
No Score Yet Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime Actor 2005
No Score Yet Judy Garland - Judy Duets Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dean Martin: The One and Only Actor 2004
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Singing With Friends Actor 2004
No Score Yet Dean Martin: Memories Are Made of This Actor 2003
No Score Yet Sinatra: The Classic Duets Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Ocean's 11 Story Actor 2002
No Score Yet Dean Martin: That's Amore! Actor 2001
No Score Yet Petula Clark: This Is My Song Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Rat Pack Actor 2001
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days Actor 2001
No Score Yet Rat Pack's Las Vegas Actor 2001
No Score Yet That's Dancing! Actor 1985
13% Cannonball Run II Blake 1984
31% The Cannonball Run Jamie Blake 1981
No Score Yet Mr. Ricco Joe Ricco 1975
No Score Yet Showdown Billy 1973
0% Something Big Baker 1971
73% Airport Capt. Vernon Demerest 1970
20% Bandolero Dee Bishop 1968
No Score Yet The Ambushers Matt Helm 1968
No Score Yet The Wrecking Crew Matt Helm 1968
No Score Yet How to Save a Marriage---and Ruin Your Life How to Save a Marriage---and Ruin Your Life 1968
No Score Yet 5 Card Stud Van Morgan 1968
No Score Yet Violence à Jericho Alex Flood 1967
No Score Yet Murderers' Row Matt Helm 1966
No Score Yet Texas Across the River Sam Hollis 1966
No Score Yet The Silencers Matt Helm 1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks Ernie Brewer 1965
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Tom Elder 1965
73% Kiss Me, Stupid Dino 1964
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods John 1964
29% What a Way to Go! Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley 1964
11% Four for Texas Joe Jarrett 1963
No Score Yet Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? Jason Steel 1963
40% Toys in the Attic Julian Berniers 1963
86% Come Blow Your Horn The Bum 1963
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action? Steve Flood 1963
No Score Yet Something's Got to Give Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong Guest Star 1962
No Score Yet Sergeants 3 Sgt. Chip Deal 1962
No Score Yet Ada Actor 1961
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work Tony Ryder 1961
No Score Yet Pepe Himself 1960
52% Ocean's 11 Sam Harmon 1960
80% Bells Are Ringing Jeffrey Moss 1960
No Score Yet Who Was That Lady? Michael Haney 1960
82% Some Came Running Bama Dillert 1959
100% Rio Bravo Dude ('Borachón') 1959
No Score Yet Career Maurice 'Maury' Novak 1959
83% The Young Lions Michael Whiteacre 1958
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Show Actor 1958
No Score Yet Ten Thousand Bedrooms Ray Hunter 1957
No Score Yet Pardners Slim Mosely Jr., Slim Mosely Sr. 1956
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Actor 1956
No Score Yet Hollywood or Bust Steve Wiley 1956
78% Artists and Models Rick Todd 1955
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young Bob Miles 1955
No Score Yet Living It Up Dr. Steve Harris 1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) Pete Nelson 1954
No Score Yet Money from Home Honey Talk Nelson 1953
80% The Caddy Joe Anthony 1953
No Score Yet The Stooge Bill Miller 1953
83% Scared Stiff Larry Todd 1953
No Score Yet Jumping Jacks Corp. Chick Allen 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Al Crowthers 1952
60% Road to Bali Himself 1952
No Score Yet That's My Boy Bill Baker 1951
No Score Yet At War With the Army 1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West Steve Laird 1950
No Score Yet Martin & Lewis: At War with the Army Actor 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Steve Baird 1949

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Announcer Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Howell
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1970
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Gurd Canliss
  • 1964

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