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Dean Martin

Male 1917 - 1995  (78 years)    Has 3 ancestors and 9 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Dean Martin 
    Birth 7 Jun 1917  Steubenville, Jefferson Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 25 Dec 1995  Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I329631  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Father Gaetano Crocetti   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Angella Barri   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F144716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Anne McDonald   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 2 Oct 1941 
    Divorce 23 Mar 1949 
    +1. Claudia Gail Martin Martin,   b. 16 Mar 1944, Ridley Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Feb 2001, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 56 years)
     2. Heather Lyn Martin   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Deana Martin   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Craig Martin   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F144715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 27 May 2006 

    Family 2 Jeanne Biegger   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 1 Sep 1949 
    Divorce 29 Mar 1973 
    +1. Dean Paul Martin,   b. 17 Nov 1951, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 Mar 1987, San Gorgonio Mountain, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 35 years)
     2. Ricci James Martin,   b. 20 Sep 1953   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Gina Caroline Martin,   b. 20 Dec 1956   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F144714  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 27 May 2006 

    Family 3 Catherine Hawn   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 25 Apr 1973 
    Divorce 24 Feb 1976 
    Family ID F144713  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 27 May 2006 

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    • Though best known for the 51 films he made, Dean Martin was a prizefighter, steel mill laborer, gas station attendant and card shark before seeing the first glimmer of fame. It came when he teamed up with comedian Jerry Lewis in 1946. Films such as At War with the Army (1950) sent the team toward superstardom. After teaming with Lewis, Martin - born Dino Paul Crocetti - became a dramatic actor and the star of a long-running television variety show. Personality conflicts broke up the comedy duo in 1957. Few thought that Martin would go one to achieve solo success, but he did, winning critical acclaim for his role in The Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift . A succession of films followed for the singer-actor, including Some Came Running (1958) with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra . All would later be members of the "Rat Pack." Martin learned well and proved potent at the box office throughout 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 Martin's movie 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 also played a phony priest in The Cannonball Run (1981). 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.

      If there had to be one image for cool, the one man to fit it would be Dean Martin . Born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age five. Martin came up the hard way, with such jobs as a boxer (named Kid Crochet), a steel mill worker, a gas station worker and a card shark. In 1946 he got his first ticket to stardom, as he teamed up with another hard worker who was also trying to hit it big in Hollywood: Jerry Lewis . 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. Movies such as The Young Lions (1958) and Rio Bravo (1959) brought him international fame. One of his best remembered films is in Ocean's Eleven (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 . After this point, Dean went on to more critically acclaimed ventures, such as in Sergeants 3 (1962), Toys in the Attic (1963), and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963). 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 . After the 1980s Martin took it easy--that is, until his son, Dean Paul Martin died in a plane crash in 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. He died on Christmas Day, 1995.

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      Cigarette and a glass of alcohol whenever he was doing his night club acts

      His son, Dean Paul Martin (Dino), was killed in a plane crash.
      Member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra , Sammy Davis Jr. , Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop . All appeared in Ocean's Eleven (1960).
      Father of Gail Martin , Heather Lyn and Dean Paul Martin .
      Grandfather of Alexander Martin .
      Born at 11:55pm-CST
      Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
      His parents were Gaetano and Angella Crocetti. Although born in Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age 5.
      He had a fear of elevators and a love of comic books, which he read his entire life.
      His career as a boxer was summed up by him as follows, "I won all but 11 of 12 fights." He fought under the name of Kid Crochet.
      Father of Claudia Martin (with first wife).
      Died exactly 29 years to the day (25 December 1995) of the death of his mother, Angela Crocetti (25 December 1966).
      Nephew of actor/comedian Leonard Barr .
      Much of the "booze" that he drank on stage during his famous "Rat Pack" performances was really apple juice. (Son Dean Paul Martin spilled this secret, after the variety show ended production, stating that his father couldn't have performed if he'd really drunk that much liquor.)
      Father of Deana Martin
      Father in law of Carole Costello . She was married to Craig Martin, his oldest son & was the daughter of Lou Costello .
      From 1973 to 1984, he was the host of the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts." In one of the most classic television series of all time, Dean 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 .
      Despite the name changes in his television shows, Dean's television career lasted 19 years: from 1965 to 1984.
      Dean is one of few actors that have received not just one, but TWO, stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Blvd., and one for Television at 6651 Hollywood Blvd.
      Underwent rhinoplasty when he was 27. Procedure was paid for by Lou Costello.
      Son-in-law was the late Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys (married to Dean's daughter Gina).
      Has a street named after him in San Antonio, Texas.
      "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" - words written on his tombstone, after his signature hit.
      Starred (with Jerry Lewis ) on NBC Radio's "The Martin and Lewis Show" (1949-1953).
      He and Frank Sinatra were best friends, a fact he held very dear to his heart. The two didn't speak much, in the years after Dean quit the "Rat Pack Reunion" tour, but they did reconcile a few months before his death, over dinner - and a breadroll fight.
      While he always played affable and easygoing, offstage he was usually quiet and reserved; friends noted the contrast.
      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 .
      Father of Ricci Martin .
      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 re-hired, but she died of a drug overdose before shooting on this never-finished film could resume.
      Although he had almost 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts between 1951 and 1968, only three went to number one: "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 after they stopped speaking to each other. Over the next 10 years they became close again.
      Is portrayed by Michael Daymond in Power and Beauty (2002) (TV), by Joe Mantegna in The Rat Pack (1998) (TV), by Jeremy Northam in Martin and Lewis (2002) (TV) and by Danny Gans in Sinatra (1992) (TV).
      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 16 September 1993, Martin finally quit smoking and even managed to perform briefly, and rather jauntily, at his 77th birthday celebration in June 1994. 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.
      He and Jerry Lewis recorded a radio spot promoting their film The Caddy (1953), and noticing the tape was still rolling, decided to improvise additional radio spots, with Jerry 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 Martin was a Republican, he supported Frank Sinatra's campaign to elect John F. Kennedy as President in 1960.
      Had a night-club in North Bay Village, Florida in the late 1970s and early 1980s called Dino's. It was next to Jilly Rizzo's club, Jilly's.
      He declined to participate in the March on Washington in August 1963.

      Personal quotes
      "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 those who felt he joked his way through songs during concert and nightclub appearences: "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 Joey Bishop 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 women of about whom 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 tee-total friend Pat Boone : "I once shook hands with Pat Boone, and my whole right side sobered up!"

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

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