Special Sub-Topic: The Life and Films of Dean Martin
|In what Ohio town was Dino Paul Crocetti born June 7, 1917?|
Steubenville. It was nearly midnight when Dino, who would eventually become Dean Martin, was born in this small town on the Ohio River.
|How many times was Dean married?|
3. Elizabeth McDonald from 1941 to 1949 (4 children); Jeanne Martin from 1949 to 1973 (4 children) and Catherine Hawn from 1973 to 1976.
|When did Jerry Lewis and Dean first appear together in their "Martin and Lewis" nightclub act?|
1946. Lewis was already booked at the 500 Club in Atlantic City in July 1946 when the male vocalist fell ill. Dean replaced him, and as they say, the rest was history.
|What was Dean and Jerry's first film together?|
"My Friend Irma" (1949). Jerry and Dean were actually second fiddle in the movie to Marie Wilson (as Irma) and John Lund as her beau.
|What was Martin and Lewis' last movie together?|
"Hollywood or Bust" (1956). By the time this film was made in 1956, the 2 stars were not speaking with each other. It is actually one of their best movies together.
|What 2 movies did Dean make with John Wayne?|
"Rio Bravo" (1959) and "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965). The Duke and Dino starred together in "Rio Bravo"; Dino sang in the movie with Ricky Nelson. Later, Duke and Dino filmed "The Sons of Katie Elder" together in 1965 after Duke had cancer surgery. Dean Martin did not star in "Big Jake" or "El Dorado".
|What movie did Dean star in with Rock Hudson?|
"Showdown" (1973). Dean and Hudson did not get along well when filming the movie, probably because of rumors of Hudson's homosexuality. It is actually a pretty good western about childhood friends now on opposite sides of the law.
|What was the role Dean played in his first "Rat Pack" movie: "Ocean's Eleven" (1960)?|
Sam Harmon. Dean plays Danny Ocean's (played of course by Frank Sinatra) friend, Sam Harmon, who sings at the Sahara and knew Danny from the service.
|What recurring movie role did Dean play in "The Silencers" (1966), "Murderers' Row" (1966), "The Ambushers" (1967), and "The Wrecking Crew" ?|
Matt Helm. Dean played the Bond-like Matt Helms, always surrounded by beautiful girls (including Stella Stevens, Ann Margret, Senta Berger and Elke Sommer) in these 4 films.
|On what day did Dean die in 1995?|
Christmas. Dean died in the company of his ex-wife Jeanne on Christmas Day 1995. His mother had also died on Christmas Day many years before.
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