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A triple shot of Dean Martin, entertainer extraordinaire

May 23, 2011
  • The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, left, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, perform at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas on Jan. 20, 1960.
The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, left, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey… (Associated Press, Associated…)

Martin and Lewis

Dino first came to fame as the straight man to Jerry Lewis' comic shenanigans. Combining singing and comedy, the pair were superstars of nightclubs, radio, TV and movies.

The Rat Pack

Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were the epitome of cool whether singing in Las Vegas or starring in films such as 1960's "Ocean's 11."

'Kiss Me, Stupid'

In this underrated 1964 Billy Wilder romp, Martin plays a drunken, womanizing pop singer named Dino who finds himself in a tiny Nevada town where he meets two budding songwriters and a hooker-waitress (Kim Novak).

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