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Dean Martin was an actor and singer from the 1940s to the 1980s. He first started performing in 1940 (after having spent time as a boxer name "Kid Crochett"), but it was not until 1943 that he started getting nationally noticed. Interestingly, an article from 1944 called him "a threat to Frank Sinatra" and that he was "surefire for stage, screen, or radio". Of course, later he was a member of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford. He was partnered with Jerry Lewis in live performances and in a series of memorable movies until they had a very publicized break-up, after which each had long solo careers. Some of his movies include: Rio Bravo, The Silencers, The Young Lions, and Some Came Running. Martin passed away in 1995 at the age of 78.
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