Dean Martin, one of the most beloved and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, would have made 105 today. The coroner and comedian sadly passed away in 1995 due to acute respiratory failure, but was born on that day in 1917 – just one year before the end of World War I. He was nicknamed “The King of Cool” after breaking into the mainstream with comedian Jerry Lewis, proclaimed Martin and Lewis, in 1946. Dean became one of the most popular acts in Las Vegas and was known for his friendship. with icons Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.
The singer also made it big on television, hosting The Dean Martin Show, which began in 1965, featuring his singing and comedy talent.
His best-known songs include ‘Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?’, ‘Memories Are Made of This’ and ‘That’s Amore’.
At the time of his death, Dean had amassed a huge reported fortune of $ 30 million (£ 24 million), but it is unclear to whom he left it.
It is possible that he left some money to his ex-wife Jean Biegger, and he could also pass on his wealth to his eight children, according to reports.
Among his children are Dean Paul Martin Jr., a pop singer and film and television actor.
A member of the California Air National Guard, he unfortunately died in a crash during a military training flight in 1987, at the age of 35.
Ricci, another of his children, was a musician and singer. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 62.
Her daughter, Deana Martin, is a singer and actress aged 73.
She covered some of her father’s hits, including the title track and “Everybody Loves Somebody”, “That’s Amore”, “Just Bummin” Around “, and” For Your Love “written by her mother Betty Martin.
She also sang a duet with her father’s former comedy partner Jerry Lewis on “Time After Time”, an album produced by her husband John Griffeth that reached the iTunes Top 10 chart, where it remained for 40 weeks during 2006 and 2007.
Deana once remembered a story when no one but Elvis Presley gave his opinion of her father Dean.
Deana told Buzzworth Radio: “Elvis made a movie at Paramount, and so did my father. I went to visit Dad at the studio and we were standing outside. [dad’s] dressing room.
“And in those days, you rode around the studio on bikes. And Elvis Presley comes riding his bike. And he gets off the bike when he sees my dad … And he greets my father. And Dad introduces me.
“Deana, this is Elvis Presley. And, Elvis, this is my daughter Deana. ‘
“And [Elvis] bows to me and says, ‘Deana, they call me the King of Rock. But your father is the King of Cool. ‘ And I thought, Oh my God. It must be true. Elvis Presley said that! “
Last year, Deana reflected on some of her earliest memories she had with her father.
She told Ticklish Business: “Looking at my dad, he took care of his time, you know, I don’t know how he contained everything in … (he) did nightclubs and movies and radio, and then later in his life (he) started The Dean Martin Show.
“So he did so much. But he was also able to play golf every day. He loved golf. He told me ‘the reason why I work is so I can take care of you kids and play golf.’
She added: “You know what, he was very special. He was different from anyone else’s parents … all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to come to our house because my father was so funny.
“(He) had a good sense of humor. And we were all respectful. We were educated right …. you know, ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you.’
“Thank God I had my parents and grandparents, but I knew our parents were a little special.”