Dean Martin
Singer, actor, comedian
Dean Martin
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.
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Some See Signs Law Schools Are Getting Serious About Reform - Texas Lawyer
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Some professors, mostly at elite schools, saw little reason to tamper with a successful model, said University of Denver law dean Martin Katz. However, that position has largely faded since the economic downturn forced law schools to focus on producing
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2 men charged with theft, sale of military property - Las Vegas Sun
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The complaint named John Call, operator of Citadel Gun and Safe at 4305 Dean Martin Drive, Suite 165, and Marco Antonio Reyes, a member of the Nevada Army National Guard assigned to the 17th Sustainment Brigade. Reyes, who is being held at the
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Aggravated sex offender registers with Enid police - Enid News & Eagle
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The department was notified by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections that Dean Martin Huckleby has been classified as an aggravated sex offender. By law, whenever a sex offender classified as “aggravated” or “habitual” moves into a residence,
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The Cinematic Magic of Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris' - Reuters
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Movies have always been a magical world for me since I was a kid growing up in Egypt, watching Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies and "The Ten Commandments" -- which blew my mind. The magic continued when on my first day as a
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MARTIN v. INLAND EMPIRE UTILITIES AGENCY - Leagle.com
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Plaintiff Dean Martin filed a complaint alleging six causes of action deriving from purported racial and age discrimination and retaliation by defendants Inland Empire Utilities Agency (agency) and its CEO (chief executive officer), 1 Richard Atwater
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'Magnificent' Rat Pack set to swing into Epsom - Your Local Guardian
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Relive memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that continues to be successful all over the world. The event is totally live featuring the classics Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles,
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A Few Minutes With Singer Deana Martin - Patch.com
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The daughter of the legendary Dean Martin brings her variety show to the Enfield Italian Festival this Friday and Saturday. By Tim Jensen A touch of Hollywood royalty will once again grace the grounds of the Mount Carmel Society this weekend,
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Newly-revived Taylor crime watch hosts National Night Out - Scranton Times-Tribune
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Joanna Klimaski / Staff photo Dean Martin, director of Taylor Neighborhood Crime Watch, fingerprints his son, Dean Joseph Jr., 3, at National Night Out. Dean Martin found out about the sexual assault while he was
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Piper and Tupper: Still Reeling In The Years - SanDiego.com
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Their act blends together aspects of The Flight of The Conchords, Spinal Tap and Steve Martin, with the pair recalling notions of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The duo has appeared on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, Comic Strip Live, America's Funniest
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Copacabana To Reopen In Times Square - NY1
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The 75-year-old club became famous in the 1940s and '50s with frequent performances from stars like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Some call it the hottest spot north of Havana. The club was forced to leave its 34th Street site to make way
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Things to do in St. Lucie County this week: July 11 - Fort Pierce Tribune
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Bob Hoose and Art Poco will present "Frank & Dean: Together Again," a musical tribute to legendary singers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at 6:30 pm Thursday at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. Hoose (as Sinatra) and Poco (as Martin)
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Nightcaps: Dean Martin's burger recipe, Guy Fieri's diet advice - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
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Here are some leftovers to entertain you: Berkeley's finest cheese purveyor rings in 40, Sidebar in SoMa gets some attention, Prime Rib Shabu goes dark for a bit, Guy Fieri shares some advice on how to be thin, Chili's gets kids drunk, and Dean Martin
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Man, 73, sentenced for Ponzi scheme - Charlotte Observer
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"I would like to say I am truly sorry for the money that was lost," Shelby Dean Martin told an Iredell County Superior Court judge before being handcuffed and escorted away by sheriff's deputies. "I understand their hurt." Martin ran a Ponzi scheme
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High-Speed Chase Ends With Arrest - KESQ
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Michael Dean Martin of Joshua Tree was arrested Wednesday after a seven- minute pursuit that stretched from Cabazon to Desert Hot Springs, sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Williams said. Deputies began following Martin because the 2001 Chevrolet Camaro he was
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dean Martin
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The lights of the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor. Martin is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. His crypt features the epitaph "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime", the name of his signature song. In 1996, Ohio Route 7 through Steubenville, was rededicated as Dean Martin Boulevard. Road signs bearing an Al Hirschfeld caricature of Martin's likeness designate the stretch with a historical marker bearing a small picture and brief biography in the Gazebo Park at Route 7 and North Fourth Street. An annual Dean Martin Festival celebration is held in Steubenville. Impersonators, friends and family, and entertainers, many of Italian ancestry, appear. In 2005, Clark County, Nevada, renamed a portion of Industrial Road as Dean Martin Drive. A similarly named street was dedicated in 2008 in Rancho Mirage, California. Martin's family was presented a gold record in 2004 for Dino: The Essential Dean Martin, his fastest-selling album, which also hit the iTunes Top 10. For the week ending December 23, 2006, the Dean Martin and Martina McBride duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" reached No. 7 on the R&R AC chart. It also went to No. 36 on the R&R Country chart – the last time Martin had a song this high in the charts was in 1965, with the song "I Will," which reached No. 10 on the Pop chart.
  • 1993
    Age 75
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 72
    In December 1990, he congratulated Frank Sinatra on his 75th birthday special.
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  • 1989
    Age 71
    They maintained a quiet friendship, but only performed again once, in 1989, on Martin's 72nd birthday.
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  • 1987
    Age 69
    On March 21, 1987, Martin's son, actor Dean Paul Martin (formerly Dino of the 1960s "teeny-bopper" rock group Dino, Desi & Billy), died when his F-4 Phantom II jet fighter crashed while flying with the California Air National Guard.
    More Details Hide Details Later, a tour with Davis and Sinatra in 1988 sputtered. Martin, who responded best to a club audience, felt lost in the huge stadiums they were performing in at Sinatra's insistence, and he was not interested in drinking until dawn after performances. His final Vegas shows were at Bally's Hotel in 1990. There he had his final reunion with Jerry Lewis on his 72nd birthday. Martin's last two TV appearances involved tributes to his former Rat Pack members. On December 8, 1989, he joined stars in Sammy Davis Jr's 60th anniversary celebration, which aired a few weeks before Davis died from throat cancer.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    In the 1960s and early 1970s, he lived at 363 Copa De Oro Road in Bel Air, Los Angeles, before selling it to Tom Jones for $500,000 in June 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Martin returned to films briefly with appearances in the two star-laden, critically panned but commercially successful Cannonball Run movies. He also had a minor hit single with "Since I Met You Baby" and made his first music video, which appeared on MTV. The video was created by Martin's youngest son, Ricci.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Frank Sinatra shocked Lewis by bringing Martin out on stage. As Martin and Lewis embraced, the audience cheered and the phones lit up, resulting in one of the telethon's most profitable years. Lewis reported the event was one of the three most memorable of his life. Lewis quipped, "So, you working?" Martin, playing drunk, replied that he was "at the Meggum" (meaning the MGM Grand). This, with the death of Martin's son Dean Paul Martin more than a decade later, helped bring the two men together.
  • 1973
    Age 55
    Less than a month after his second marriage had dissolved, Martin married 26-year-old Catherine Hawn, on April 25, 1973. Hawn had been the receptionist at the chic Gene Shacrove hair salon in Beverly Hills. They divorced November 10, 1976.
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    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 54
    In 1972, he filed for divorce from his second wife, Jeanne.
    More Details Hide Details A week later, his business partnership with the Riviera dissolved amid reports of the casino's refusal to agree to Martin's request to perform only once a night.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At his death, Martin was reportedly the single largest minority shareholder of RCA stock. Now comfortable financially, Martin began reducing his schedule. The final (1973–74) season of his variety show would be retooled into one of celebrity roasts, requiring less involvement. After the show's cancellation, NBC continued to air The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast format in a series of TV specials through 1984. In those 11 years, Martin and his panel of pals made fun of stars in this order: Ronald Reagan, Hugh Hefner, Ed McMahon, William Conrad, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis, Barry Goldwater, Johnny Carson, Wilt Chamberlain, Hubert Humphrey, Carroll O'Connor, Monty Hall, Jack Klugman & Tony Randall, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leo Durocher, Truman Capote, Don Rickles, Ralph Nader, Jack Benny, Redd Foxx, Bobby Riggs, George Washington, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, Hank Aaron, Joe Namath, Bob Hope, Telly Savalas, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Landon, Evel Knievel, Valerie Harper, Muhammad Ali, Dean Martin himself, Dennis Weaver, Joe Garagiola, Danny Thomas, Angie Dickinson, Gabe Kaplan, Ted Knight, Peter Marshall, Dan Haggerty, Frank Sinatra, Jack Klugman, Jimmy Stewart, George Burns, Betty White, Suzanne Somers, Joan Collins, Kent McCord, Martin Milner, and Mr. T.
  • 1969
    Age 51
    He was also briefly engaged to Gail Renshaw, Miss World–U.S.A. 1969.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1965
    Age 47
    In 1965, Martin launched his weekly NBC comedy-variety series, The Dean Martin Show, which ran for 264 episodes until 1974.
    More Details Hide Details The show exploited his image as a carefree boozer. Martin capitalized on his laid-back persona of the half-drunk crooner, hitting on women with remarks that would get anyone else slapped, and making snappy if slurred remarks about fellow celebrities during his roasts. During an interview on the British TV documentary Wine, Women and Song, aired in 1983, he stated, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that he had someone record them on cassette tape so he could listen to them. His TV show was a success. The show's loose format featured quick-witted improvisation from Martin and his weekly guests. This prompted a battle between Martin and NBC censors, who insisted on more scrutiny of the content. The show was often in the Top Ten. Martin, appreciative of the show's producer, his friend Greg Garrison, made a handshake deal giving Garrison, a pioneer TV producer in the 1950s, 50% of the show.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Martin hosted country performers on his TV show and was named "Man Of the Year" by the Country Music Association in 1966. The final album of his recording career was 1983's The Nashville Sessions. But the image of Martin as a Vegas entertainer in a tuxedo has been an enduring one. "Ain't That a Kick in the Head? ", a song Martin performed in Ocean's 11, did not become a hit at the time, but has enjoyed a revival in the media and pop culture. For three decades, Martin was among the most popular acts in Las Vegas. Martin sang and was one of the smoothest comics in the business, benefiting from the decade of comedy with Lewis. Martin's daughter, Gail, also sang in Vegas and on many TV shows including his, co-hosting his summer replacement series on NBC. Daughter Deana Martin continues to perform, as did youngest son Ricci Martin until his death in August 2016. Eldest son Craig was a producer on Martin's television show and daughter Claudia was an actress in films such as For Those Who Think Young. Though often thought of as a ladies' man, Martin spent a lot of time with his family; as second wife Jeanne put it, prior to the couple's divorce, "He was home every night for dinner."
  • 1964
    Age 46
    His signature tune, "Everybody Loves Somebody", knocked the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" off number one in the United States in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by "The Door is Still Open to My Heart", which reached number six that year. Elvis Presley was said to have been influenced by Martin, and patterned "Love Me Tender" after his style. Martin, like Elvis, was influenced by country music.
  • 1960
    Age 42
    He won a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the 1960 film comedy Who Was That Lady? but continued to seek dramatic roles, portraying a Southern politician in 1961's Ada and starring in 1963's screen adaptation of an intense stage drama, Toys in the Attic, opposite Geraldine Page, as well as in 1970's drama Airport, a huge box-office success.
    More Details Hide Details He and Sinatra teamed up for several more movies, the crime caper Ocean's 11, the musical Robin and the 7 Hoods and the western comedies Sergeants 3 and 4 for Texas, some featuring their so-called Rat Pack pals Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, as well as a romantic comedy, Marriage on the Rocks. Martin also co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in a number of films, including Some Came Running, Artists and Models, Career, All in a Night's Work and What a Way to Go! He played a satiric variation of his own womanizing persona as Las Vegas singer "Dino" in Billy Wilder's comedy Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) with Kim Novak, and he poked fun at his image in films such as the Matt Helm spy spoofs of the 1960s, in which he was a co-producer. In the third Matt Helm film The Ambushers (1967), Helm, about to be executed, receives a last cigarette and tells the provider, "I'll remember you from the great beyond," continuing sotto voce, "somewhere around Steubenville, I hope." As a singer, Martin copied the styles of Harry Mills (of the Mills Brothers), Bing Crosby, and Perry Como until he developed his own and could hold his own in duets with Sinatra and Crosby. Like Sinatra, he could not read music, but he recorded more than 100 albums and 600 songs.
    In 1960, Martin was cast in the film version of the Judy Holliday stage musical comedy Bells Are Ringing.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 38
    The act broke up in 1956, 10 years to the day from the first teaming.
    More Details Hide Details Martin's first solo film, Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), was a box office failure. He was still popular as a singer, but with rock and roll to the fore, the era of the pop crooner was waning. Martin wanted to become a real actor, known for more than slapstick comedy films. Though offered a fraction of his former salary to co-star in a war drama, The Young Lions (1958), his part would be with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Tony Randall already had the part, but talent agency MCA realized that with this film, Martin would become a triple threat: they could make money from his work in night clubs, films and records. Martin replaced Randall and the film turned out to be the beginning of Martin's comeback. Martin starred alongside Frank Sinatra for the first time in the Vincente Minnelli drama, Some Came Running (1958). By the mid-1960s, Martin was a movie, recording, television and nightclub star, while Lewis' film career declined. Martin was acclaimed as Dude in Rio Bravo (1959), directed by Howard Hawks and also starring John Wayne and singer Ricky Nelson. He would team again with Wayne in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), cast as brothers.
  • 1949
    Age 31
    Following Martin's divorce from Betty, in 1949, he gained custody of their children, and she lived out her life in quiet obscurity in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Martin's second wife was Jeanne Biegger (died August 24, 2016), a former Orange Bowl queen from Coral Gables, Florida. Their marriage lasted 24 years (1949–1973) and produced three children: Dean Paul Martin (November 17, 1951 – March 21, 1987, jet-fighter crash), Ricci Martin (September 20, 1953 – August 3, 2016) and Gina Martin (born 1956). Her marriage made Martin the father-in-law of the Beach Boys' Carl Wilson. Figure skater Dorothy Hamill and actress Olivia Hussey were his daughters-in-law during their marriages to Dean Paul Martin. Martin's third marriage, to Catherine Hawn, lasted three years. Martin initiated the divorce proceedings. Martin adopted Hawn's daughter, Sasha. Martin's uncle was Leonard Barr, who appeared in several of his shows.
    They were friends as well, Lewis acting as best man when Martin remarried in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details But harsh comments from critics, as well as frustration with the similarity of Martin and Lewis movies, which producer Hal Wallis refused to change, led to Martin's dissatisfaction. He put less enthusiasm into the work, leading to escalating arguments with Lewis. Martin told his partner he was "nothing to me but a dollar sign".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their agent, Abby Greshler, negotiated one of Hollywood's best deals: although they received only $75,000 between them for their films with Wallis, Martin and Lewis were free to do one outside film a year, which they would co-produce through their own York Productions. They also controlled their club, record, radio and television appearances, and through these they earned millions of dollars. In Dean & Me, Lewis calls Martin one of the great comic geniuses of all time.
  • 1948
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 28
    Martin and Lewis's debut together occurred at Atlantic City's 500 Club on July 24, 1946, and they were not well received.
    More Details Hide Details The owner, Skinny D'Amato, warned them that if they did not come up with a better act for their second show that night, they would be fired. Huddling in the alley behind the club, Lewis and Martin agreed to "go for broke", they divided their act between songs, skits, and ad-libbed material. Martin sang and Lewis dressed as a busboy, dropping plates and making a shambles of Martin's performance and the club's decorum until Lewis was chased from the room as Martin pelted him with breadrolls. They did slapstick, reeled off old vaudeville jokes, and did whatever else popped into their heads. The audience laughed. This success led to a series of well-paying engagements on the Eastern seaboard, culminating in a run at New York's Copacabana. The act consisted of Lewis interrupting and heckling Martin while he was trying to sing, with the two ultimately chasing each other around the stage. The secret, both said, is that they ignored the audience and played to each other.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Martin attracted the attention of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, but a Hollywood contract was not forthcoming. He met comic Jerry Lewis at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both were performing. Martin and Lewis formed a fast friendship which led to their participation in each other's acts and the formation of a music-comedy team.
  • 1944
    Age 26
    Martin was drafted into the United States Army in 1944 during World War II, serving a year in Akron, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details He was reclassified as 4-F and discharged (possibly because of a double hernia; Jerry Lewis referred to the surgery Martin needed for this in his autobiography).
  • 1943
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1941
    Age 23
    In October 1941 Martin married Elizabeth "Betty" Anne McDonald. They had four children before the marriage ended in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Martin worked for various bands throughout the early 1940s, mostly on looks and personality until he developed his own singing style.
    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).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    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).
    More Details Hide Details They were married in 1914. His father, who was a barber, was originally from Montesilvano, in Abruzzo, and his maternal grandparents' origins are believed to be also from Abruzzo although it is not clearly known. Martin had an older brother named William Alfonso Crocetti (1916-1968). Martin's first language was an Abruzzese dialect of Italian, and he did not speak English until he started school at the age of 5. He attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville where he was bullied for his broken English. He later took up the drums as a hobby as a teenager. Martin then dropped out of Steubenville High School in the 10th grade because he thought he was smarter than his teachers. He bootlegged liquor, served as a speakeasy croupier, was a blackjack dealer, worked in a steel mill and boxed as a welterweight.
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