Dean Martin, the Icon of Cool, Turns 100

Dino may have passed decades ago, but his influence and spirit shine on.

There’s no two ways about it: Dean Martin was the king of cool, who was able to cast a charismatic chill over audiences and fans for decades.

Now, after 100 years, it’s time to look back at the life of Dino Paul Corcetti, an Ohio boy who came up to become — and remains — one of the world’s biggest stars.

During his iconic career Dino racked up scores of gold records and hit singles, partnered with Jerry Lewis and starred in more than 50 films — including The Young Lions with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in 1958, Some Came Running with Frank Sinatra in 1959, and Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo with John Wayne that same year. He also hosted The Dean Martin Show, from 1965 to 1974, which attracted an unprecedented 40 million viewers per week.

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“Dean was my brother–not through blood but through choice. Our friendship has traveled down many roads over the years and there will always be a special place in my heart and soul for Dean. He has been like the air I breathe–always there, always close by.”

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