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167 East Wears Valley Road Suite #17 (Shops of Pigeon Forge) Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7, 1917 in Stubenville Oh and passed away December 25, 1995. He attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville Ohio. Dean Martin played the drums as a hobby as a teenager.
He was teased for speaking broken English and ultimately dropped out of Steubenville High School in the 10th grade because he thought that he was smarter than his teachers.
He delivered bootleg liquor, served as a speakeasy croupier, was a blackjack dealer, worked in a steel mill and boxed as welterweight. He grew up a neighbor to Jimmy the Greek.
Dean Martin was an American singer, film actor, television star and comedian. Martin's hit singles included "Memories Are Made of This" along with "That's Amore", and who could forget "Everybody Loves Somebody", plus "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Volare" and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?".
Dean Martin was one of the members of the "Rat Pack" and a major star in four areas of show business including concert stage/night clubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television.
Martin attracted the attention of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, but nevre got a Hollywood contract. He met comic Jerry Lewis at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both men were performing.
Martin and Lewis formed a fast friendship which led to their participation in each other's acts and the ultimate formation of a music-comedy team.
In Dean & Me, Lewis calls Martin one of the great comic geniuses of all time. But the harsh comments from the critics, as well as frustration with the similarity of Martin and Lewis movies, led to Martin's dissatisfaction. He put less enthusiasm into the work, leading to escalating arguments with Lewis.
They finally could not work together, especially after Martin told his partner he was "nothing to me but a dollar sign". The act broke up in 1956, 10 years to the day from the first official teaming.
In 1965, Martin launched his weekly NBC comedy-variety series, The Dean Martin Show, which exploited his public image as a lazy, carefree boozer.
There he perfected his famous laid-back persona of the half-drunk crooner suavely hitting on beautiful women with hilarious remarks that would get anyone else slapped, and making snappy if slurred remarks about fellow celebrities during his famous roasts.
If you remember watching Dean Martin in the 60's than you probably remember watching the Red Skelton Show. Red Skelton even came out from behind the door on the Dean Martin Show.
Click HERE or on the Show Schedule link above to make reservations to see the ONLY family friendly Red Skelton Tribute comedy show performing afternoons in Pigeon Forge.
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