Dean Martin

Singer + Actor + Comedian
Born Jun 7, 1917

Dean Martin was an American singer, film actor, television star and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th Century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" due to his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assuredness. A member of the "Rat Pack," Martin was a major star in four areas of show business: concert stage/night clubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television.… Read More

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1917 Birth Martin was born on June 7, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, to an Italian father, Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti (1894–1967), and an Italian-American mother, Angela Crocetti (née Barra; 1899–1966). … Read More


1941 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Martin was married three times. With his first wife, Elizabeth Anne "Betty" McDonald (died 1989), whom he married in 1941, he had four children: Craig Martin (born 1942); Claudia Martin (born March 16, 1944, died 2001 of breast cancer); Gail Martin (born 1945); and Deana Martin (born 1948).
1943 26 Years Old Martin flopped at the Riobamba, a nightclub in New York, when he followed Frank Sinatra in 1943, but it was the setting for their meeting.
1944 27 Years Old Martin was drafted into the United States Army in 1944 during World War II, serving a year in Akron, Ohio. … Read More
1946 29 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1946, Martin was doing well, but he was little more than an East Coast nightclub singer with a common style, similar to that of Bing Crosby. … Read More


1948 31 Years Old The team made its TV debut on the first broadcast of CBS-TV network's The Ed Sullivan Show (then called "The Toast Of The Town") on June 20, 1948 with composers Rodgers and Hammerstein also appearing.
A radio series began in 1949, the year Martin and Lewis signed with Paramount producer Hal B. Wallis as comedy relief for the movie My Friend Irma. … Read More
1956 39 Years Old The act broke up in 1956, 10 years to the day from the first teaming. … Read More


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In 1960, Martin was cast in the film version of the Judy Holliday stage musical comedy Bells Are Ringing.
1964 47 Years Old His signature tune, "Everybody Loves Somebody", knocked the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" off number one in the United States in 1964. … Read More
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By 1965, some of Martin's albums, such as Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again, Houston, Welcome to My World and Gentle on My Mind, were composed of country and western songs by artists such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. … Read More


1969 52 Years Old He was also briefly engaged to Gail Renshaw, Miss World–U.S.A. 1969.
1972 55 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He found a way to make his passion for golf profitable by offering a signature line golf balls and the Dean Martin Tucson Open was an event on golf's PGA Tour from 1972–75. … Read More
1973 56 Years Old 1 More Event
He was taken by the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, where he was the featured performer on the hotel's opening night December 23, 1973, and also signed a three-picture deal with MGM Studios.
1976 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Eventually, Martin reconciled with Jeanne, though they never remarried. He also made a public reconciliation with Lewis on the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in 1976. … Read More


1987 - 1989 2 More Events
1990 73 Years Old In December 1990, he congratulated Frank Sinatra on his 75th birthday special.
1993 76 Years Old Martin, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in September 1993, and was told he needed an operation to prolong his life, but Dean refused.
1995 79 Years Old He retired from public life in early 1995 and died of acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema at his Beverly Hills home on Christmas Day, 1995 at age 78. … Read More
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