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|Also Known As:||Died:||December 25, 1995|
|Born:||June 7, 1917||Cause of Death:||respiratory failure|
|Birth Place:||Steubenville, Ohio||Profession:||Music ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Worked various odd jobs including as amateur boxer (billed as Kid Crockett), gas station attendant and croupier
First sang in Steubenville night spots
Sang with Ernie McCay Band billed as Dino Martino
First used name Dean Martin while singing with the Sammy Watkins Band in Cleveland (date approximate)
Replaced Sinatra as singer at Riobamba, New York
Served with Army in Akron; invalided out after hernia
Unsuccessful screen test at Columbia; met Jerry Lewis while both were performing at the Glass Hat, NYC; formed team (a double act) and debuted at 500 Club, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Debut with Lewis on TV show "Talk of the Town"; signed contract with Universal (no films produced)
Signed with Paramount
Film debut in "My Friend Irma"; with Lewis formed York Productions
Radio show with Lewis sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes
TV debut as co-star with Lewis of "Colgate Comedy Hour"
Ended creative partnership with Lewis after film "Hollywood or Bust"; withdrew from York Productions
Made his solo film debut in "10,000 Bedrooms"
Hosted "The Dean Martin Show" on TV
Final film appearance, "Cannonball Run II"
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