Who's it going to be tonight?
Any time a group of actors, singers or other celebrities gain fame or notoriety together,
they're called "The [word that rhymes with rat] Pack"; viz., Brat Pack
, Frat Pack
, Eli Roth
's "Splat Pack", etc.. It is about a particular clique of famous people coming to stand for the "high life" of a given time, being the coolest of the cool.
The original Rat Pack was a loosely defined group of actors (and a few actresses) that sprang up in the Fifties, centered on Humphrey Bogart
. According to long-standing Hollywood legend, Bogie and his buddies (David Niven, Sid Luft, Cary Grant
, et al.) came home around dawn after a hard night in Vegas
, and Bogart's wife, Lauren Bacall
, said, "You look like a goddamn rat pack!" Among those original rats was Frank Sinatra
, who took over as pack leader upon Bogie's death in 1957. Shortly, Dean Martin
and Sammy Davis Jr
. would join, and when Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop came on board, they had themselves a Rat Pack.