Dean Martin (b. Dino Paul Crocetti, Steubenville, Ohio, June 7, 1917 – Beverly Hills, California, December 25, 1995) Italian American actor, comedian and singer. He was an amateur welterweight boxer as a young man. A devout Catholic, Martin "said his prayers every night before he went to bed."
Jerry Lewis and Martin made, since 1946, a successful comedy team for 10 years. They formed a popular comedy duo which appeared together in 17 movies. Martin and Lewis were the hottest comedy act in America during the early '50s, with Dean stepping out on his own to score a giant hit with his recording, “That’s Amore” in 1953. Two years later in 1955 Dean Martin was at the top of the charts with his #1 hit, “Memories Are Made of This” signaling the start of a break up that finally took place in 1956. In 1958 Dean once again hit with his third million selling single, “Return To Me” and also hit big with “Volare.” 1964 would deliver the biggest hit yet with, “Everybody Loves Somebody” followed by “The Door Is Still Open to My Heart.” He would reach the top ten one more time with “I Will” in 1965.
As a member of Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack,” Dean Martin played Las Vegas to sold out audiences as a headliner for several years. In 2005, Las Vegas renamed *Industrial Road “Dean Martin Drive."
With Martin having an estimated 600 songs and more than 100 albums to his credit, NBC television launched the weekly Dean Martin Show in 1965, top-rated for several years. In 1968, Dean then signed "the biggest contract in the history of show business. He signed a three-year contract for $34 million to do three more seasons of his hit series The Dean Martin Show."
Movies such as The Young Lions (1958) and Rio Bravo (1959) brought him international fame. In 1965 he won a Golden Globe Award. He was a close friend of John Wayne and Gary Cooper. If there had to be one image for cool, the one man to fit it would be him. (Anonymous)
Dean Martin's world would crumble in 1987, when his son Dean Paul Martin was killed in a plane crash while on maneuvers with the California Air National Guard.
He died on Christmas Day, 1995, from lung cancer after having been a lifelong smoker.
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast was a NBC special that aired from 1974 to 1984, with fifty-four total episodes aired. Martin would periodically "roast" a celebrity. The guest would be seated at a banquet table and would friendly be jibed at by their celebrity friends about their career. The show roasted celebrities such as Ronald Reagan, Monty Hall, Kirk Douglas, Jack Benny, Redd Foxx, and Frank Sinatra.
"I won all but 11 of 12 fights."
"The satisfaction that I get out of working with these two bums is that we have more laughs than the audience has"