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Dean Martin

Highest Rated:   100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Lowest Rated:   11% Four for Texas (1963)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
30% The Cannonball Run
  • Jamie Blake
1981
No Score Yet Mr. Ricco
  • Joe Ricco
1975
No Score Yet Showdown
  • Billy
1973
80% 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
17% 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
83% 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
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Sam Harmon
1960
78% Bells Are Ringing
  • Jeffrey Moss
1960
No Score Yet Who Was That Lady?
  • Michael Haney
1960
80% 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
75% 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
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Announcer
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2006

Quotes from Dean Martin's Characters