Today is the birthday of one of the most talented male vocalists of all time. He also starred in nearly 50 films, and was a member of the famous Rat Pack (along with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop). Some of my favorite films of Martin’s include Rio Bravo (1959), Ocean’s 11 (1960), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), and Some Came Running (1958).
I cannot, of course, talk about either Dean Martin or Jerry Lewis without mentioning the other. Martin and Lewis made one of the most successful comedy teams ever (tied, possibly, with Abbot & Costello and Hope and Crosby). They made several films and countless radio and television appearances. His Celebrity Roasts are an absolute gem of comedy, including guest stars such as Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Ronald Reagan, Jack Benny, Sammy Davis Jr., Foster Brooks, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Jonathan Winters, Dom DeLuise, and many more.
His easygoing attitude was a breath of fresh air amid the actors and comedians who took themselves too seriously. He was an extremely talented, handsome, fun-loving entertainer. He will be remembered for decades to come.
Happy birthday, Mr. Martin, and rest in peace.