Words of the Week 44/2016

Dean Martin

HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1967: Dean Martin during the taping of “The Dean Martin Variety Show” circa 1967 in Hollywood, Califorina. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dean Martin

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Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the “King of Cool” for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.

He and Jerry Lewis were partners in the immensely popular comedy team Martin and Lewis. He was a member of the “Rat Pack” and a star in concert stages, nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1985).