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Also Known As: Died: May 24, 2008
Born: January 30, 1922 Cause of Death: respiratory complications
Birth Place: Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Profession: comedian, actor, director

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Over the course of his 25 years in television, comedian Dick Martin created an enviable legacy as an actor, director, and co-host of the top-rated comedy show "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." Born in 1922, Martin teamed up with fellow comedian Dan Rowan in 1952, and the two played the nightclub circuit across America off and on for the next 15 years. In 1967 they were recruited by NBC to replace "The Dean Martin Show" with their own hour-long comedy program. "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" featured a cast of young unknowns such as Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, and Arte Johnson. The show was fast-paced, colorful, and obviously derived from the far-out spirit of the times. Martin and Rowan played themselves off against the swinging '60s energy of the show as straight-men from another era. After "Laugh-In" went off the air in 1973, Martin appeared as a panelist on a number of celebrity-staffed comedy game shows such as "Match Game" and "Password Plus." He also started his second career as a director. He first worked with Bob Newhart in 1977 on the original "The Bob Newhart Show" and later directed 32 episodes of the very successful '80s version, "Newhart." Martin also helmed filming of "Family Ties," "Mama's...

Over the course of his 25 years in television, comedian Dick Martin created an enviable legacy as an actor, director, and co-host of the top-rated comedy show "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." Born in 1922, Martin teamed up with fellow comedian Dan Rowan in 1952, and the two played the nightclub circuit across America off and on for the next 15 years. In 1967 they were recruited by NBC to replace "The Dean Martin Show" with their own hour-long comedy program. "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" featured a cast of young unknowns such as Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, and Arte Johnson. The show was fast-paced, colorful, and obviously derived from the far-out spirit of the times. Martin and Rowan played themselves off against the swinging '60s energy of the show as straight-men from another era. After "Laugh-In" went off the air in 1973, Martin appeared as a panelist on a number of celebrity-staffed comedy game shows such as "Match Game" and "Password Plus." He also started his second career as a director. He first worked with Bob Newhart in 1977 on the original "The Bob Newhart Show" and later directed 32 episodes of the very successful '80s version, "Newhart." Martin also helmed filming of "Family Ties," "Mama's Family," and "Webster." He died in Santa Monica, California, in 2008.

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  White and Reno (1981) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Bartleby (2001) Mayor
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 Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver (1998) Phil Phil
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 North of Pittsburgh (1993) Mr Kent Iii
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 Carbon Copy (1981) Victor Bard
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 Zero To Sixty (1978)
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 The Maltese Bippy (1969) Ernest Grey
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 The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) Zack Molloy
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 Once Upon a Horse... (1958) Doc [Henry] Logan
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 Intimate Portrait: Lucille Ball (2002) Interviewee
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 Bill Bixby: Chasing Perfection (2001) Interviewee
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Was a staff writer for the radio situation comedy, "Duffy's Tavern"
1952:
Formed (with Dan Rowan) the comedy team Rowan and Martin, playing mostly in nightclubs at the beginning
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Frequently co-hosted (with Dan Rowan) the NBC's "Colgate Comedy Hour," alternating with Martin and Lewis
1958:
Co-starred (with Dan Rowan) in their film debut, Hal Kanter's comedy western "Once Upon a Horse..."
1962:
Played the boyfriend of Lucille Ball in her comeback sitcom, "The Lucy Show" (CBS)
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With Rowan, returned to the nightclub circuit
1968:
Became well known for his role as the co-host of NBC¿s "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
1977:
Made his TV directing debut, directing several episodes of "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS)
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Hosted the short-lived game shows "The Cheap Show" (1978) and "Mindreaders" (1979)
1985:
Directed several episodes of the Showtime series "Brothers"
1987:
Helmed episodes of the CBS sitcom "Newhart," starring Bob Newhart
1992:
Guest-starred on the short-lived Newhart sitcom "Bob" (CBS) and directed several episodes
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