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Martin, Dean, 1917-1995

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Dean Martin was a singer who performed in Las Vegas, Nevada hotels and casinos alongside other members of the "Rat Pack". Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7, 1917 in Stubenville, Ohio to Gaetano Alfonso and Angela Crocetti. In 1945, he and Jerry Lewis formed a comedy-music act that gained notoriety on the Ed Sullivan Show. The partnership ended ten years later and Martin subsequently pursued an acting career in Hollywood, California. After starring in several critically acclaimed movies, Martin met Frank Sinatra and began live performance on the Las Vegas Strip with Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, known as the "Rat Pack". Martin went on to create the Dean Martin Show, a television talk show which ran for nine years. Dean Martin passed away on December 25, 1995 at the age of 78.

Source:

"Dean Martin, Pop Crooner And Comic Actor, Dies at 78." The New York Times. Last modified December 26, 1995. https://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/26/movies/dean-martin-pop-crooner-and-comic-actor-dies-at-78.html.