[[caption-width-right:250:You ''wish'' you were that cool.]]

'''Dean Martin''' (June 7, 1917 -- December 25, 1995; born ''Dino Paul Crocetti'') was a singer, actor, comedian, vice-president of the RatPack, and the epitome of cool. He didn't have to invoke the [[RuleOfCool rule]]; he was just ''cool''.

He was a non-descript singer with a pretty good East Coast reputation until 1946, when he met and teamed up with Creator/JerryLewis. They would become the hottest comedy team in America over the next ten years and first achieved movie success with supporting roles on ''Franchise/MyFriendIrma'' (1949) and it's sequel ''My Friend Irma Goes West'' (1950). It was universally accepted that Lewis was the better talent and that he carried Martin, but Lewis consistently praised Martin's work and said the team was "50-50".

The team broke up because Martin felt he was being upstaged by Lewis[[note]]Lewis would feign stomach pains to get attention and rewrite scripts so that his solo routines (that he would try and play for pathos) would get more screen time than Martin's musical numbers[[/note]] and because he wanted wanted to do some serious acting. No one thought much of his chances, but he quickly knocked out three impressive performances: ''The Young Lions'' (1957), ''Some Came Running'' (1958), and ''RioBravo'' (1959). He then followed those up with the memorable ''{{Oceans 11}}'' in 1960.

All the while he was acting, he was also recording. Once he settled on his trademark "crooning" style, he became one of the most beloved singers in America. "Ain't That a Kick in the Head", which Dino first performed in the original ''Ocean's 11'', is today ''the'' emblematic song of the Rat Pack period. (Want proof? It was used in a Budweiser Super Bowl commercial.) He's also well known for "That's Amore" and "Everybody Loves Somebody".

During the Rat Pack years and subsequently, Dino was rarely seen without a lowball glass (his VanityLicensePlate read "DRUNKY"). Most (but not all) of the time though, he was drinking apple juice. Likewise, while his best friend, FrankSinatra, caroused and tomcatted, Dino went home every night to his wife, Jeanne. When they divorced in 1973, she said simply, "He was home every night."

Most tropers of a certain age know him as the host of the ''Dean Martin Show'' (Creator/{{NBC}}, 1965-1974) and the ''Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts'' (also NBC, 1975-1984). He didn't want to do the show, at first, and presented NBC with a ridiculous list of demands (including a huge salary and a clause that prohibited retakes) in the hopes that it would scuttle the deal. But when NBC agreed to every single demand, he felt he had no choice but to do it.

It says above that Dino died in 1995, but he really died on March 21, 1987, when his son Dean Paul (who had done a little singing and acting himself) was killed when his California Air National Guard jet crashed. Dino was never the same. Sinatra tried to coax him back on the road the "Together Again Tour", 30 shows in 40 days. Dino hung in for one week, then flew home. In 1993, the lifelong smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer, and made few public appearances afterward. Jeanne was at his side till the end.

!!His career provides examples of:
* BadassBaritone: In ''Ocean's Eleven'', ''Robin and the Seven Hoods'' and many more.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Martin was rather protective of Lewis during their years as a team, and specially in their early years when Lewis was barely out of his teens ''and'' had a rather troubled past. On one occasion, sitting at a bar, he threw an anti-semitic mobster's mook across it and into the shelf of glasses behind: the mook had demanded to know of Martin what he was doing teaming up with a Jew.
* BillingDisplacement: The actual star of ''My Friend Irma'' and its sequel was Marie Wilson, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone these days who knows it as anything other than the movie Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis got their big break in.
* BookDumb: He left school at an early age, but that didn't mean he was unintelligent. He would commit ''entire scripts'' (not just the sections where he'd be involved) to memory.
* ChristmasSongs: He recorded two Christmas albums (one for each of his labels, Capitol and Reprise); both yielded songs that remain staples of all-Christmas radio to this day.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: He had it. He fostered a lifelong hatred for UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, not least of all because of skyscrapers and the necessity of elevators[[note]]although he later "cured" himself of the phobia by forcing himself to ride in an elevator until he stopped panicking[[/note]]. When he had finally made it in show business, the first penthouse he bought in Manhattan was on the third floor of a highrise so that he could use the stairs.
* ComedicSociopathy: A significant part of his act with Lewis.
* CoolOldGuy: His coolness only increased with age.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: He spoke only Italian until starting school and was the target of frequent ridicule for his broken English.
* TheEponymousShow: Also The Eponymous Celebrity Roasts.
* GayParee / SarcasmMode: "The Poor People of Paris"
* GentlemanThief: In ''Ocean's Eleven''.
* GratuitousItalian: Played straight in that he often used Italian words and phrases. Averted in that he really did speak Italian.
* HoYay: He and many of his friends weren't shy about inserting blatant homoerotic subtext into their performances to the delight of audiences. He and Jerry Lewis frequently used this gag during their time as a double act. He also did a sketch with Frank Sinatra [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7Nr_n_55yQ about the two of them being matched by a computer dating service]].
* {{Improv}}: An essential part of his nightclub act with Lewis.
* TheLancer: To whatever character FrankSinatra was playing when they appeared in a film together.
* LatinLover: Without the dancing, typically.
* TheMafia: Had various encounters with them, friendly and otherwise, while touring with Lewis.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Martin loved to do this purposefully with Lewis' last name. His favorite variations were Lucas, Loomis, Lousy and Looseleaf.
* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters: His character in ''Robin and the Seven Hoods''.
* OneOfUs: He loved comic books and would send stagehands and production assistants out to buy the latest issues.
* PlayingDrunk: Became his shtick after Martin and Lewis broke up. As mentioned above, his everpresent whiskey glass was almost always filled with apple juice, both because Martin was a pro who did not want to work drunk, and because the sheer amount of alcohol his stage persona imbibed would have made multi-take scenes risky.
* RatPack
* TheRoast: "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts"
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: His most important connection was probably FrankSinatra.
* SmokingIsCool
* SmokingIsGlamorous
* StageNames: First "Dino Martini," then, at his bandleader's suggestion, Dean Martin.
* StraightMan: To Creator/JerryLewis when they were an act.
* ThrowItIn: He had it written into his contract that he wouldn't have to reshoot anything on his eponymous variety show, meaning that bloopers ''had'' to be left in for each episode to meet its allotted running time.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: He cheated on his first wife with multiple women, but he was absolutely faithful to Jeanne, his second wife. While his public persona was that of a drunken playboy and he flirted outrageously with his female costars, he was always home in time for dinner with his family. If he was on the road, he'd be the first to go to his hotel room while his friends, namely Frank Sinatra, partied well into the night.
* VanityLicensePlate: "DRUNKY"
* VarietyShow: The ''Dean Martin Show'' and ''Series/ColgateComedyHour''.