For decades, Dean Martin was America’s unofficial ambassador to the world of women, music, and coolness. Martin rose to fame as one half of the singing duo Martin and Lewis, which was before he secured himself a spot as Frank Sinatra’s “adviser” and member of the Rat Pack. Aside from his crooning, Martin’s cunning sense of humor and charm is what won him the love and admiration of millions of fans.
One of the world’s most popular entertainers, Dean Martin starred in a string of hit movies with Jerry Lewis and hosted his own variety show on TV. But the crooner purposely used humor to hide his shyness. Are you curious as to how he was offstage? Would you be surprised if I told you that the suave Hollywood icon was actually a father of eight who preferred golf and apple juice to clubs and martinis?
Here are some lesser-known facts about Dean Martin, the king of cool, who passed away in 1995, at the age of 78.