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'''Dean Martin''' (June 7, 1917 -- December 25, 1995; born ''Dino Paul Crocetti'') was a singer, actor, comedian, vice-president of the Creator/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[[note]]How hot? Fans were so eager to meet them that it was impossible to clear out clubs and theaters after performances. In order to get the audiences to leave, Martin and Lewis would go to an upstairs window and toss out autographed cards to the screaming crowd and would occasionally perform impromptu skits to fans' delight[[/note]] 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 ''Film/RioBravo'' (1959). He then followed those up with the memorable ''Film/{{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, who always preferred working in smaller clubs, felt lost in the big stadiums Frank insisted on playing and only hung in for one week before going home 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.

He is the subject of one of the greatest of showbiz biographies, ''Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams'' by Nick Tosches.

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!!His career provides examples of:
* TheAlcoholic: Subverted. Dean's whole schtick during the latter half of his career was that of an amiable drunk who missed cues, mispronounced words and hit on the nearest woman, but while he enjoyed a drink, it was an act.
* 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.
* 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.
* BrilliantButLazy: Dean believed that he appealed to audiences when he was spontaneous and at ease so he tried to do everything in as few takes as possible. For his variety show, he even had it written into his contract that he wouldn't have to rehearse or do retakes. He'd be out of the studio and driving home before shooting even wrapped!
* TheCharmer: Dean was completely at ease with himself and this gave him an air of confidence that people gravitated towards.
* 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.
* {{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. Nick Tosches, in his biography of Martin, said that one of the reasons for Frank Sinatra's fascination with Dean was that, while Sinatra himself was awed by the Mafia and wanted to be like them, gangsters themselves tended to be awed by Dean and his quality of ''lontananza'' ("remoteness"), and wanted to be like him.
* 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''.
* NiceGuy: He was polite and charming as well as fiercely protective of those he cared about. He couldn't bear to punish his children even when they had clearly misbehaved. One of his sons recalled how they'd once simply sat in Dean's den to make it seem to Jeanne, Dean's second wife, as if Dean was giving the boy a stern talking to.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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''.
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