Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7, 1917. He was a founding member of the Rat Pack and took on a variety of roles in Hollywood, including producer, comedian, actor, and singer. He was, and still is, one of the most popular crooners in American entertainment history. With effortless charisma, confidence, and charm, Martin was known as the King of Cool on and off the road. Let’s learn more about Dean Martin with a brief profile of this Rat Pack member.
More About Dean Martin
Martin teamed up with Jerry Lewis throughout his career in a running show called “Martin and Lewis.” Combining song, comedy, and more, the two starred in shows across the nation, most notably Las Vegas with the rest of the Rat Pack. Martin also hosted two variety shows, The Dean Martin Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. Martin had dozens of hits that are popular today and covered by some of the hottest artists, including “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” and “Everybody Loves Somebody.”
Whether teamed with Lewis, or with the other members of the Rat Pack, Martin saw success in just about everything he did including his solo career. Martin starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of the time, including Some Came Running, Bells Are Ringing, Toys in the Attic, and Airport. Martin starred alongside some of Hollywood’s leading legends, like Marlon Brandon and John Wayne. Martin had a little bit of it all when entertaining.
As a member of the Rat Pack, Martin became close friends with Frank Sinatra. Performing on the Las Vegas Strip, Martin, Sinatra, and the Rat Pack became some of the pre-eminent entertainers that turned Las Vegas into the destination it is today. Duets, trios, and solo performances on the Strip lured the wealthy gamblers from across the nation to Nevada.
As you can see, Dean Martin – with and without the Rat Pack – touched every area of entertainment there was. Martin was one of the longest lasting and most talented performers in history.