If there had to be an image for cool, the man to fit it would be Dean Martin. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was of Italian descent. He spoke only Italian until age five. Martin came up the hard way, with such jobs as a boxer named Kid Crochet , a steel mill worker, a gas station worker and a casino croupier and dealer. In , he got his first ticket to stardom, as he teamed up with another hard worker who was also trying to succeed in Hollywood: Jerry Lewis. Films such as At War with the Army sent the team toward super-stardom. The duo were to become one of Hollywood's truly great teams. They lasted 11 years together, and starred in 16 movies. They were unstoppable, but personality conflicts broke up the team. Even without Lewis, Martin was a true superstar.
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Martin then moved on to a successful solo career as a singer, an actor, and a television variety show host. During his younger days Martin worked locally in steel mills, delivered bootleg liquor, was a prizefighter, and had a job in a casino. After appearing in local nightspots as a pop singer, he was hired by bandleader Sammy Watkins and began to tour. This led to an immensely successful comedy partnership that featured Martin as a suave straight man and Lewis as an immature clown. Before long the two left New York for Hollywood. They made 16 motion pictures together, beginning with My Friend Irma and ending with Hollywood or Bust Despite predictions that Martin would fail as a solo act, his career prospered after he ended the partnership with Lewis. Martin was a staple on television for many years.
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Watch the video. Looking for something to watch? Sign In. Down 1, this week. If there had to be an image for cool, the man to fit it would be Dean Martin. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was of Italian descent. He spoke only Italian until age five.