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Born 7 June 1917: Dean Martin

Dean Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7th, 1917, in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, was one of the most celebrated entertainers of the mid-20th century. Nicknamed “The King of Cool” for his smooth demeanour and effortless style, Martin’s career traversed singing, acting, and comedy. He rose to fame as part of the iconic comedy duo Martin and Lewis alongside Jerry Lewis, captivating audiences with their slapstick routines and musical numbers.

Following their acrimonious split in 1956, Martin embarked on a phenomenal solo career. He became a chart-topping singer, crooning popular hits and timeless classics. He also established himself as a successful comedic actor, starring in numerous films, often alongside his friends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., who formed the legendary Rat Pack together. Dean Martin’s charisma, wit, and musical talent left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, securing his place as a true American icon.

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