Part of the Biography television series from A&E, this documentary reviews the career and personal life of singer and actor Dean Martin Born Dino Paul Crocetti, in Steubenville, Ohio, Martin is best known for his comedic partnership with Jerry Lewis, as well as for his participation in the "Rat Pack," a group of entertainers--including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford--who performed together in Las Vegas and teamed up in several films in the early 1960s.
Martin began his show business career at age seventeen, singing in Ohio nightclubs. During a club engagement in 1946, Martin met Jerry Lewis and the two began joking around with each other during their respective acts. They teamed up in 1947. The immensely popular Martin and Lewis team made sixteen films together between 1949 and 1956.
After Martin and Lewis split, Martin struck out on his own and resumed his singing career, recording such hit records for Capitol as "That's Amore," "Memories are Made of This," "When You're Smiling," and "Oh Marie." He also resumed acting in films. In 1964, he recorded his blockbuster hit, "Everybody Loves Somebody." The Dean Martin Show, ran on NBC for eight years starting in 1965. Martin followed this with The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, which ran from 1973 to 1974.
~ John Patrick Sheehan, Rovi