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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 ...
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Worked various odd jobs including as amateur boxer (billed as Kid Crockett), gas station attendant and croupier
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First sang in Steubenville night spots
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Sang with Ernie McCay Band billed as Dino Martino
1941:
First used name Dean Martin while singing with the Sammy Watkins Band in Cleveland (date approximate)
1943:
Replaced Sinatra as singer at Riobamba, New York
1944:
Served with Army in Akron; invalided out after hernia
1946:
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
1948:
Debut with Lewis on TV show "Talk of the Town"; signed contract with Universal (no films produced)
1949:
Signed with Paramount
1949:
Film debut in "My Friend Irma"; with Lewis formed York Productions
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Radio show with Lewis sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes
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TV debut as co-star with Lewis of "Colgate Comedy Hour"
1956:
Ended creative partnership with Lewis after film "Hollywood or Bust"; withdrew from York Productions
1957:
Made his solo film debut in "10,000 Bedrooms"
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Hosted "The Dean Martin Show" on TV
1984:
Final film appearance, "Cannonball Run II"

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